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4 year old grandsons digital camera photos show white eye

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4 year old grandson's digital camera photos show white eye on his right eye, other eye rarely white but red reflection. He gets occasional nosebleeds. Some photos show both eyes red, some photos are normal, but 40% of photos show white eye. Should he see a specialist?

Doctor DanB : Hello and thanks for your question. Are you available to chat?
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Doctor DanB :

This is most often seen because of the way the light from the flash catches the retina and reflects off of it; this is especially true when the pupil looks white in one picture and then is red in another contemporary picture. However...


However, of the half dozen or so things that could cause a white pupil, the most dreaded and feared cause is retinoblastoma, a childhood cancer of the eye which is universally fatal if not treated. This is rats, but because of it's devastating effects on the child, a dilated eye exam needs to be fine by an ophthalmologist to rule this out. Dies this make sense?
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Customer:

Yes, just found it, sorry. Would the pediatrician be able to make this diagnosis or would it have to be a specialist? Is there any association with the nosebleeds? He blinks a lot when watching t.v.

Doctor DanB :

No, this needs to be seen by an ophthalmologist only--no pediatricians or optometrists should be answering this question. I would not expect this to be associated with nosebleeds, no. Blinking a lot while watching tv is usually nothing concerning, usually just a little bit of dry and irritated eyes, but the ophthalmologist would be able to assess for that as well. Do you have any other questions about this?

Customer:

No, thank you, XXXXX XXXXX with you and hope it is nothing but should be checked out by a specialist to be sure. thank you.

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