Leukocoria is a medical condition in which the pupil appears covered with a more or less extensive white reflection visible to the naked eye.

The reason lies in abnormalities of one of these three eye structures:

  • lens (transparent structure located behind the iris and before vitreous)
  • vitreous (viscous gel interposed between the retina and the lens)
  • ocular fundus (inner region back of the eyeball which comprises part of some structures that make up the eye)

Since it is indicative of the presence of several eye diseases-cataracts (congenital or acquired), retinoblastoma, retinal detachment – it is a sign that should always be sought.


What kind of diseases can be associated with leukocoria?

The following diseases may be associated with leukocoria:

  • Cataract
  • Retinal dysplasia
  • Retinal detachment
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Corneal ulcer

Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence


What is the therapy for leukocoria?

Since the origin of leukocoria can be very different, each of which is characterized by different treatment approaches, to prepare adequate treatment is necessary to identify the medical condition that is the basis of manifestation of this disorder. In case of leukocoria, it is therefore very important to contact your doctor, or ophthalmologist, for a consultation.


When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of leukocoria?

In case of leukocoria, it is very important to contact your doctor – or ophthalmologist – for a consultation.