Eye Cancer

Written by: Jennifer Martinez

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What is eye cancer?

Eye cancer is a general term used to describe many types of tumors that can start in various parts of the eye.

What causes eye cancer?

We don't know exactly what causes it. Melanoma of the eye is more common in people with light eyes, people with a lot of moles, and possibly in people who had too much exposure to sunlight.

What are risk factors of having eye cancer?

Ocular or oculodermal melanocytosis which is a pigmentation of the eye or skin around the eye; it is also called nevus of Ota.Nevi or spots like moles in the eye.

Signs and symptoms of eye cancer:

Some signs and symptoms of eye cancer are shadows, flashes of light, or wiggly lines in your vision, blurred vision, dark patch in your eye that's increasing in size.


If you are diagnosed with eye cancer an ultrasound will be done to see if cancer has spread to your liver. It is a common site of the spread of cancer.

Treatments of Eye Cancer:

If you have eye cancer there are treatments available to help. Have a surgery to take the tumor out also radiation therapy,laser therapy,chemotherapy, and targeted therapy. There are many other ways to help and prevent eye cancer from spreading. You can take the whole tumor out sometimes if it has not spread or if it is small.

Preventions for eye cancer:

Patients who receive treatment for eye cancer typically attend follow-up examinations every 3 months. Follow-up examinations will be taken to make sure cancer does not reappear or spread. There is no known method of preventing eye cancer.

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