Alok was just four months old when he was first brought by his parents to the L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) at Bhubaneswar in June 2019. They had noticed a white spot on the black portion of his left eye, sought consultation with a local ophthalmologist, and had been referred to the institute on the… Continue reading Little Alok and his big fight
Category: Eye Cancer
Toddler saved from deadly eye cancer by early diagnosis and treatment
Most toddlers keep themselves busy exploring their world with bright, wide-open eyes. So when the parents of two-year-old Shiva, from India, noticed a squint in his right eye, they knew right away that something was wrong. They took him to a government hospital where he was diagnosed with retinoblastoma. The most common eye cancer in… Continue reading Toddler saved from deadly eye cancer by early diagnosis and treatment
It’s World Retinoblastoma Week!
Every year, the second week of May is World Retinoblastoma Week. It is an opportunity to raise global awareness of retinoblastoma, a life-threatening eye cancer that is almost exclusively found in young children. Although retinoblastoma can be treated with chemotherapy, globally there is a low survival rate because patients are often diagnosed too late. This problem is especially prevalent in developing countries, where it… Continue reading It’s World Retinoblastoma Week!
Helping mothers take care of their children’s eye health needs
Seven-year-old Deborah lives in a small farming community in Ghana. After school and on weekends, she and her seven siblings help their parents on their cocoa farm. When Deborah was four years old, she suffered an eye injury when she was hit in her left eye with a stick. The injury didn’t seem to affect… Continue reading Helping mothers take care of their children’s eye health needs