Eye cancer (ocular melanoma) is a cancer type that affects cells called melanocytes within the eyes. It can either be cancerous or non-cancerous. Sometimes, cancers arising elsewhere in the body can spread to the eyes.
Eye cancer is a rare condition that may not cause any noticeable symptoms. Tumour developing in the eye can affect any of the eye structures, including the optic nerve, the retina, the iris and the eye muscles. The symptoms of eye cancer vary according to the structures involved.
The symptoms of eye cancer include:
These symptoms may indicate other eye-related medical problems. Therefore, patients who develop any eye cancer signs should discuss with a doctor for further evaluation and care. Early identification of symptoms, diagnosis and treatment is necessary to minimise the risk for permanent loss of vision and potentially life-threatening complications.
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