The red eye effect from the camera is due to the light of the flash entering the eye, bouncing off the retina and blood vessels, then back into the camera. This effect is most prominent when everything is a straight line (flashes, eye, camera).
Strabismus is misalignment of the eyes. This explains why one eye had a red reflection becausee it was aligned with the camera, but the other eye had the gold reflection because it was looking somewhere else and the flash just bounced off the front surface of the eye.Cataracts
, which is a clouding of the natural lens
inside your eyes, can limit the light entering and leaving the eye and may cause the gold reflection. Problems with the retina and high glasses prescriptions
can also affect the reflected light, but this is unlikely in your child's case as you doctor would have easily seen it.
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