Optometrists play key role in retinoblastoma awareness

Example of a child with the white eye glow seen in photos, a possible sign of retinoblastoma

Figures released by the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) for World Retinoblastoma Awareness Week 2024 (May 12-18) highlighted the key role optometrists can play in the early diagnosis of retinoblastoma (Rb).

Around one child a week was diagnosed with the condition in the UK and, in 2023, a third of children later diagnosed with the condition were taken to their local optometrist in the first instance.

However, CHECT said parents reported being turned away from optical practices by front of house staff because their children were too young to be seen.

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