Tumors in the eye are generally secondary tumors, meaning they are caused by cancers that have spread from other parts of the body. In addition to damaging vision, eye tumors can spread to the optic nerve and the rest of the body. Therefore, early diagnosis and treatment are key to reducing or stopping possible damage. Ocular tumors can be life threatening.
Symptoms of ocular tumors include
- Blurry vision
- Red eyes
- Distorted vision
- Blind spots
- White pupils
- Eye pain
- Complete vision loss
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, make sure to contact your doctor as soon as possible. It is important to remember that ocular tumors are very serious and can cause serious harm.
The treatment for ocular tumors often includes multiple specialists and treatments. This is called the multidisciplinary team approach. A patient may need to see an ophthalmologist for eye health as well as an oncologist for radiation therapy. Surgery may so be utilized as a treatment, meant to remove the tumor and affected tissues in the eye.
Sometimes, the only choice a doctor has in treating intraocular melanoma is to remove the eye. Because of this visual loss, a person with one eye may have trouble with depth perception. Most patients easily adjust to these differences. A cosmetic surgeon can fit and place a prosthetic eye for those who choose.
If you are showing symptoms of ocular cancer or if you think you may have an ocular tumor, give Angioletti Retina a call today.