“Retinoblastoma” is an eye cancer that most commonly affects children under the age of 4 and rarely occurs in adulthood. Fortunately, the five-year survival rate is about 97 percent. However, outcomes differ among those who experience the cancer in one eye and others who have the cancer in both eyes. Because those with retinoblastoma in both eyes are known to have a genetic predisposition to developing new cancers, they are more likely to develop secondary cancers later on. However, a study that analyzed follow-up data involving retinoblastoma patients over a 42-year period found that those with the cancer in only one eye had no significant decrease in health compared with people of a similar age, sex, and race.
Regular eye examinations by an ophthalmologist are an important means of detecting eye disease in its early stages. Let us at MAYO EYE CENTER help you protect your eye health and your vision. Patient education and awareness are keys to prevention and early detection of eye health problems. We’re located at 2890 South Lamar Blvd. Please call 662.234.3937 and schedule your next comprehensive eye examination.