What is Retinoblastoma?

Learn about Retinoblastoma

Ocularist Retinoblastoma artificial eyeWhat is Retinoblastoma? The most frequent presenting sign of retinoblastoma is a white pupil, which is called Leukocoria. It can also be the initial manifestation of other diseases and problems.

Retinoblastoma accounts for 12% of infant cancer and statistically affects 1 in 15,000 children.

In the past, prior to 1990 or so, enucleation (removal of the eye) was the standard treatment. Today, there are new options to preserve eyes. A plaque therapy, using a radioactive plaque attached to the back of the eye, is able to treat the tumor, thereby preserving the eye.

What happens to the Eye?

Retinoblastoma Treatment

If the eye is preserved, sometimes even vision can be preserved. Extensive tumor analysis must be made to see which treatment is recommended. Often, however, vision cannot be preserved and the eye will be removed altogether.

Retinoblastoma cases can be among the most difficult that an ocularist deals with. When radiation is involved, there is often a lack of orbital symmetry. Also, contraction of the socket can occur when the eye is left out overnight.

Is Surgery an Option?

Retinoblastoma Surgery

retinoblastoma los angelesIt is possible that an eye implant can migrate within the socket if surgery has been involved.

In contrast, having too aggressive of treatment in terms of multiple surgeries and radiation can decrease the aesthetics of the final outcome.

Hence, every surgery creates scar tissue and changes the anatomy.

When the surgery is not successful it can create new unintended consequences. Even the most well intended surgeries can go bad. Furthermore, these can lead to some of the most challenging cases as an Ocularist. Sometimes warranting yet more surgery for the best appearance and comfort.

We work with all of our patients — from those with retinoblastoma, to those who have eye loss due to trauma — to achieve the best possible results. Our team knows how important an eye is to your quality of life. We invite you to set up an appointment today to learn how we can help you.

Los Angeles Retinoblastoma Specialist

World’s Top Specialists in Retinoblastoma

We are fortunate to have some of the world’s top specialists. Furthermore, in this field, particularly in pediatrics. John Stolpe maintains close relationships with other eye specialists. As a result, his patients receive the best diagnosis. Anyone suffering from this condition should visit an expert in order to contain the malignancy. Retinoblastoma can spread beyond the eye and through the whole body.

For more information please visit wechope.org for more Retinoblastoma information.