Check Photos, Take Photos
A consistent white, opaque or yellow spot in the pupil of the eye that appears in photos taken with flash may indicate at least 20 different eye diseases and conditions.
We’re asking parents to:
- Check your photos or take new photos of your child.
- Because The Glow may not always show up, review or look back at family photos, especially where your child is looking at the camera.
- Make sure to take or use photos where the flash is turned on and the red eye reduction featured is turned off.
- Look for The Glow, a white, opaque, or yellow spot in the pupil of one or both eyes. If you see The Glow once, be alert, but if you see it twice in the same eye, be active.
- Ask an eye specialist—an optometrist or ophthalmologist—for a comprehensive eye exam, including a red reflex test. If you have photos of your child showing The Glow, bring them with you to your appointment.
- Help us spread the word, especially to parents of young children.
Because no child should go blind from a preventable eye disease.
Ask for a Comprehensive Eye Exam
Most children before the age of five do not receive comprehensive eye exams. In fact, only about 14% of children under age five receive periodic comprehensive eye exams by an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
Regardless of whether or not you see The Glow, ask your child’s optometrist or ophthalmologist for a comprehensive eye exam, including a red reflex test. Be persistent.
- Your well-baby visits with your pediatrician, while incredibly important, may not be the best opportunity to check for childhood eye diseases. Make sure to visit an eye specialist for your child’s periodic eye exams.
Red reflex tests are the best method of detecting a glow-related eye disease or condition.
Children should have regular eye exams, including red reflex tests, starting at the age of six months.**
*The Ohio State University College of Optometry
**American Public Health Association, American Optometric Association, US Department of Health and Human Services
Spread the Word
Raising awareness about The Glow is the first step in preventing early childhood blindness. We need your help.
Together, we can make sure that all parents know The Glow.
Tell your friends and family, especially parents with young children [ages 0-5], about the importance of comprehensive eye exams including the red reflex test.
Download this helpful toolkit.
Lannette Turicchi was first introduced to “The Glow” through her dear friend, Megan Webber. As a dedicated mother and an active member in her community, she was surprised that she had never heard about “The Glow” and the dangers associated with it. Due to this fact, she saw the need for awareness and the urgency to get the message out to find those children whose vision could be saved by this simple diagnosis. With the help of her friends, Megan Webber and Sandra Roderick, the Know The Glow (KTG) campaign was born. Lannette brought to bear her expertise in film and production through her work with Falling Upwards Productions to share the news about “The Glow” and to create a website to be used as a source of information, comfort and support. Her vision led to the development of the Know The Glow’s original site, which was generously developed by Rob Mudd and his creative team at Mudd Advertising. Lannette continues to be an active member and advocate of Know The Glow as it looks to find new and innovative ways to increase awareness of the dangers of “The Glow.”