Eye Cancer


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Cancer that develops in the eye is termed as Eye Cancer. Eyes contain various parts such as the eyeball, orbit (eye socket) and the adnexal structures. The cancer or tumor that expands to the various parts of the eye is referred to as Eye cancer. This cancer usually penetrates when the cells in the region of the eye change and develop wildly to form a lump called as tumor. Let us learn more about its causes, symptoms and other information related to eye cancer.

Signs & Symptoms

Eye cancer has the following symptoms. If you report any of the below mentioned signs, please consult your doctor for more information;

  • Stuffed one eye
  • Partial or full loss of sight
  • Pain in and around the eye
  • Hazed vision
  • Change in the look of the eye
  • Noticing spots of light in front of eyes
  • Dark spot on the iris


For people suffering from eye cancer, the following treatments should be done depending on the stage of eye cancer and the advancement of the disease.

  • Laser therapy
  • Plaque therapy
  • Radio therapy
  • Enucleation of the eye
  • Evisceration
  • Exenteration
  • Iridectomy
  • Choriodectomy
  • Iridocyclectomy
  • Eyewall resection
  • Chemotherapy


  • The first cause of developing eye cancer is the color or the eye. Light eyes grow melanoma, a virus causing eye cancer.
  • Excessive exposure to sunlight is another factor contributing to eye cancer. This also causes melanoma of the skin
  • Exposure to UV Radiation leads to eye cancer
  • Drugs that weaken the immune system of the body also lead to eye cancer
  • Another cause of eye cancer is retinoblastoma which is common in children

Tests & Procedures

To determine if you have eye cancer or not, your ophthalmologist will prescribe you with the following tests and procedures,

  • An eye examination
  • Ultrasound scan
  • Angiogram
  • A test of genetic information about the cells in your body
  • Biopsy of the eye

Preventive Measures

Usually cancer has preventive measures, but eye cancer has no preventive measures. In order to prevent you from eye cancer, one must limit their exposure to direct sunlight and wear sunglasses which give 100% protection from the UVA and UVB rays of the sun.

Treatment Cost

The treatment cost of eye cancer depends on the stage of eye cancer. The hospital charges vary from hospital to hospital.

Side Effects

The side effects of eye cancer treatment depend on the treatment you have received. Various types of eye cancer effects the structures of the eye. If the cancer has been on an advanced stage, you might have to get the eye removed which would be implanted artificially to enhance your appearance after surgery. Another side effect of eye cancer is the loss of vision.

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