Intraocular Tumors

The most common intraocular cancer in adults is melanoma. Malignant “choroidal” melanoma arise from the blood-vessel layer “choroid” beneath the retina. In North America, 6 out of each million people will be diagnosed with a choroidal melanoma each year. Malignant choroidal melanomas can spread to other parts of the body.

Most choroidal melanoma patients have no symptoms and the melanoma is found on routine eye examination. If patients have choroidal melanoma symptoms, they are usually seeing “flashes of light,” noticing “distortion” or loss of vision, and floating objects (floaters) in their vision.

It is important to note that most patients with choroidal melanoma have no symptoms at all. Their tumors are found when they visit their ophthalmologists for a “routine” eye examination.

We offer the latest diagnostic imaging and ultrasound techniques to diagnose this type of cancer and will coordinate care for further treatment with an Ophthalmologist specializing in Ophthalmic Oncology.


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