14 Warning Signs and Symptoms of Brain Tumor

10. Visual changes

They are considered a classic sign of tumors located in the sella turcica, a region of the brain located right in the center of the skull where the nerve impulses coming from the eyes intercept and cross pathways in their way to the occipital lobe. However, loss of vision might be caused by a tumor in the occipital lobe as well, motor problems in the eye muscles may result from tumors located in the cerebellum and the brainstem, and even an increase in intracranial pressure may give out visual symptoms, especially in children.


Papilledema, which is swelling in the optic disk, is one of the leading signs of intracranial pressure found in children and adults. It is very common in younger patients and only detected with specialized tools doctors have in their office. Thus, even if visual changes seem unimportant, talk to your doctor, and diagnose them as soon as possible. You or your child might only need a pair of glasses, but prevention is far better than treating a late-stage condition that could have been resolved a long time ago.