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Referral to a specialist

There are no specific referral guidelines for the different types of eye cancer. There are guidelines for a rare type of eye cancer called retinoblastoma.

Seeing your GP

It can be hard for GPs to decide who might have eye cancer and who might have a more minor condition. For some symptoms, your doctor may ask you to wait to see if the symptoms get better or respond to treatment, such as antibiotics.

Guidelines for urgent referral for retinoblastoma

The GP should refer your child to a specialist if the pupil of the eye looks white instead of black - this is sometimes noticed on photos when a flash is used.

If a specialist suspects your child has retinoblastoma, they will refer your child to one of the two specialist centres in the UK for retinoblastoma. They are the Royal London Hospital and Birmingham Children's Hospital. According to the NICE guidelines you should get an appointment within 2 weeks for an urgent referral.

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