Cancer Symptoms

Eye Cancer Symptoms

What are the symptoms of eye cancer?

Eye cancers are subtle and may not present themselves early. Regular eye tests are the key to early detection and cure.

Following are the potential eye cancer symptoms :

  • The symptoms of this type of cancer usually begin with blurred vision and tenderness of the eye. Advanced symptoms may include loss of vision. If these symptoms persist a person should make an appointment with their ophthalmologist.
  • The most common symptom is painless loss of vision. Unlike choroidal and ciliary body melanoma, iris melanoma can sometimes be seen because it looks like dark spots in the eye.
  • Other eye cancer symptoms may include blurred vision, losing part of the field of vision, seeing flashes of light or having a dark spot on the iris.
  • Patients may also experience white pupils, poorly aligned eyes, red and painful eye, poor vision, inflammation of surrounding eye tissue, an enlarged pupil, different colored irises.
  • Eye cancer can also cause sensitivity to light, swelling and pain around the eye, difficulty in moving the eye or involuntary oscillatory movements of the eye.

People affected by intraocular melanoma often have no symptoms. Many times an ophthalmologist finds the melanoma during a routine eye exam. The most common symptom is painless loss of vision. Unlike choroidal and ciliary body melanoma, iris melanoma can sometimes be seen because it looks like dark spots in the eye.

eye cancer symptoms : eye anatomy

Summary of eye cancer symptoms :

  • Sensitivity to light (Photophobia).
  • Having a dark spot on the iris
  • Swelling and pain around the eye
  • Seeing spots, squiggly lines, or floating objects (floaters)
  • Difficulty focusing on objects near or far away.
  • Difficulty moving eye due to muscle weakness or disease.
  • Losing part of the field of vision.
  • Involuntary oscillatory movement of the eyeballs
  • Margin of the eyelid turns outward
  • Seeing flashes of light.
  • Inflammation and subsequent narrowing and blockage of the canaliculi.

People with eye cancer often experience the following symptoms. Sometimes people with eye cancer do not show any of these symptoms. Some of these symptoms may indicate problems other than eye cancer. People with any of these symptoms should talk to an ophthalmologist.

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