White Eye Detector
By Gregory Hamerly
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The White Eye Detector app helps parents detect the appearance of white eye in pictures of their children. A white pupil can be a normal photographic effect in pictures (like red eye, but white). White eye can also be a symptom of multiple serious eye diseases such as retinoblastoma, pediatric cataract, and Coats' disease. These diseases are often first detected by parents because the parent notices white eye in pictures of their children. This app will find pictures on your iPhone or iPad that have white eye, and will show you these pictures so that you can inspect them for yourself.
What's New in Version 1.1
Spanish translation. Added keyword CRADLE (the acronym for the app).
I tried the app by downloading some images of retinoblastoma and even took a screen shot of the example of white eye from the app. The app did not pick up any of the photos even when selecting them specifically. It would be a wonderful app if it were reliable.
We need such apps to help everyone self-diagnose diseases
The important first step to understanding your child’s state of being and possible repercussions. This apps’ importance cannot be overemphasized for any parent who has noticed optical artifacts in their child/s photos.
For two weeks+ my wife (who initially took action to see if the bothersome reflection in our daughter’s right eye meant something) and I were petrified that our 5 year old daughter may have Retinoblastoma, an aggressive infantile cancer which can prevent its victim from reaching 6 years of age.
Using this app, I was able to confirm the photo artifact we saw since she was an infant was in fact Leukocoria, an indicator of various possible conditions within the eye. From there, we met with our GP and his highly experienced consulting physician; they then set up an emergency appointment with an ophthalmologist, who diagnosed Myelinated Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer.
We were highly relieved our daughter did not have Rb. MR-NFL is a non-fatal condition which in many cases remains undiagnosed because it does not normally affect the vision of those who have it. Occasionally, however, it extends to the retina, where it may profoundly affect visual capacity. In our daughter’s case, her right eye has 25-30% visual capacity. She has been nearly blind in one eye since birth.
We are now using patching, strong prescription glasses for her hyperopia, and visual stimulation to prevent amblyopia; essentially convince her brain she can see now. This has been a deeply sobering journey; if possible I would happily trade my eye with hers. I am profoundly grateful for this app and for my wife’s alert diligence.
Thank you so much Drs. Shaw & Hamerly and Baylor University!