What is retinoblastoma?
What causes retinoblastoma?
Retinoblastoma can be an inherited eye condition. That means that a baby is born with it. When people have a baby, the baby’s body has many things that the parents’ bodies have. For example, a mother may have curly hair, and her baby may have curly hair just like hers. The father may have brown eyes, and his child will probably have brown eyes, too. But it is possible that two parents who have curly hair could have a baby with straight hair. Two parents who have brown eyes could have a baby who has blue eyes. They have the gene that makes straight hair and blue eyes hidden in their bodies.
Parents who have children who have retinoblastoma may not have known that they have it in their bodies. It was hidden. They do not know retinoblastoma is in their body cells until they have a child who has it. Or they may remember that someone else in the family had retinoblastoma.
Sometimes retinoblastoma shows up in only one person in the family. No one knows why this happens.
What kind of vision do people have who have retinoblastoma?
Some people have retinoblastoma in both eyes. After the doctor gets rid of the tumors in their eyes, they can see better. The tumor blocked their vision. They still may not see as well as people who are fully sighted. Their vision may be blurry. Bright light may hurt their eyes.
Sometimes doctors take out the eyes that have tumors. The tumor will grow too much if they don’t. Tumors are dangerous. If only one eye is gone, people can still see with the eye that is left. If both eyes are gone, there is no more vision.
What will help you if you have retinoblastoma?