Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Massey Cancer Center

What are the symptoms of retinoblastoma?

The following are the most common symptoms of retinoblastoma; however, each child may experience symptoms differently:

  • Leukocoria – a white light reflex that occurs at certain angles when light is shown into the pupil. 
  • Strabismus (also called “wandering eye” or “crossed-eyes”) – a misalignment of the eyes; when one or both eyes do not appear to be “looking” in the same direction.
  • Pain or redness around the eye(s)
  • Poor vision or change in child’s vision.

Often the symptoms may not appear if the disease is diagnosed early. The symptoms of retinoblastoma may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your child’s physician for a diagnosis.