BANDUNG-Every 60 seconds, 1 child in the world become blind. Whereas 80% of blindness in children can be prevented through screening and immediate action.
Minister of Health, Prof. Dr. dr. Nila Farid Moeloek, Sp.M (K) said that early detection of the white pupil becomes very important in the prevention of blindness in children. "The eyes are the primary senses", she told reporters in Bandung, Sunday (05/02/2017)
Nila says, visual disturbances especially blindness on childhood has huge impact on the life and future of the children themselves
"Impaired eye acuity or refractive errors experienced by many children can interfere their learning achievement", said Minister of Health.
She added, with a white pupil's campaign hoped the community more aware, aware of so as to detect the early presence of cataracts, retinoblastoma even in the eyes of a child.
According to her, Retinoblastoma is a malignant tumor of the eye that often occurs in children. Leukocoria (white pupil) or as "cat's eye" is the initial clinical signs are often found by the parents or the people around the patient. The incidence of retinoblastoma ranges from 1: 16,000 and 1: 18,000 live births.
"It looks white on their pupils, like a cat's eye. More evident when the condition of the room was dim / dark or when exposed to flash light cameras, "he explained
Furthermore Nila revealed, white pupil is a danger sign. Not only can threaten eyesight but also life threatening.
"Family approach to early detection is very important. If signs of this white pupil or other vision problems, consult family members to health care facilities to be taken in order to avoid the risk of blindness ", she concluded. (MAT)