Our eyes are pretty important, right? And we all know what joy looking at photographs brings. Did you know that you could also discover one of 20 eye diseases as well? It’s something I have learnt about as I have developed my photography career, and I do look out for the signs as I am editing your gorgeous photos. Luckily, I have never had any reason to mention anything to parents of children I have photographed, but I do know of photographers who have. In the majority of cases, it’s resolved to be nothing, but you only get one chance of sight in life, so you can never be too careful!
September 24th-30th is National Eye Health Week and I have compiled a list of things you could look for in photographs of you, your friends and your children.
Image by The World Eye Cancer Hope charity, showing what ‘the glow’ can look like in photographs. Babies and young children can’t tell you they are having sight difficulty, so it’s even more important to be aware of some signs that could help them!
Medically known as leukocoria, ‘The Glow’ is an unusual reflection from the retina of the eye. It appears as a white, opaque, or yellow spot in the pupil of the eye in photos taken with flash. The Glow can indicate at least 20 different eye diseases and conditions. Here are a few…
Whilst the glow cannot be diagnosed without the use of an optical device used by eye specialists, it sometimes appears as a white, opaque or yellow spot in the pupil of the eye in photos taken with flash. Many websites say ‘this should not be confused with the common red eye (red circle in the center of eyes) seen in some flash photography’, however if you are unsure I would definitely recommend asking an optician to take a look for you! Because no child (or adult) should go blind from a preventable eye disease.
Awareness is the most important thing. I haven’t written this article to scare you! Most white spots in eyes are nothing to be concerned about, but the reality is, so many cases go undiagnosed because people aren’t aware.
For more information about ‘The Glow’, what to look out for and National Eye Health Week in general, I recommend visiting these websites:
There we go. Just in case you needed another reason to have your photographs printed and not leave them on memory cards, laptops or smartphones! Photographs are essentially for our future generations, as well as enjoyment now in more ways than one. We’ll save that debate for another blog, on another day…look after your eyes!