Red reflex


Advocate Lutheran General Hospital


The red reflex is elicited in the Brückner test, a pediatric screening tool often used by primary care doctors and pediatricians to detect abnormalities of the eyes and ocular diseases. Originally described as a “transillumination” test, Brückner found that the red reflex was useful in detecting strabismus and amblyopia in young children. The red reflex from the retina is a quick and non-invasive test used to identify opacities in the visual axis, such as a corneal abnormality or cataract, as well as abnormalities in the posterior segment of the eye, such as retinoblastoma.

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StatPearls Publishing, Treasure Island (FL)

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