What are the Symptoms of Eye Cancer?

Many times, eye cancer does not have symptoms, especially in the early stages. When symptoms of eye cancer are present, they vary from person to person. People with eye cancer may experience the following symptoms or signs. These symptoms do not always indicate eye cancer. However, it is important to discuss any symptoms with your doctor, since they may signal other health problems.

  • Loss of peripheral vision
  • Bulging of one eye
  • Complete or partial loss of vision
  • A pale raised lump on the surface of the eye (the conjunctiva or cornea)
  • Blurred vision
  • Flashes and floaters (an object in the field of vision)
  • Pigmented (dark) area on the conjunctiva
  • Ulceration of the eyelid
  • Loss of eyelashes
  • Brown or pigmented lesion on the eyelid
  • Sty that does not heal
  • Change in pupil shape or size
  • Change of eyeball position or the way the eye moves
  • Double vision
  • Excessive tearing, bloody tears
  • A dark spot on the colored part of the eye (the iris) that gets bigger
  • Eye irritation, red eye or chronic inflammation of the conjunctiva (conjunctivitis)
  • Pain is quite rare unless the cancer has spread to the outside of the eye, or has caused the pressure inside the eye (intraocular pressure) to become too high

Remember that cancer of the eye is rare. And some eye conditions that aren’t eye cancer can cause many of these symptoms. But it is important that you report any symptoms to your regular doctor and your eye doctor. The earlier a cancer is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat it and the more likely the treatment is to be successful.

If you are concerned about one or more of the symptoms listed, please contact Associated Retina Consultants at 602-242-4928 or website to schedule an appointment with our doctors.

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