What Causes Eye Tumors?

Eye tumors are composed of cells that grow abnormally and create a mass. There are many types of eye tumors; they can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous) and can be detected through a thorough eye examination. 

Many tumors in the eye are secondary tumors caused by cancers that have spread from other parts of the body, especially the breast, lung, bowel or prostate. Two types of primary tumors arise within the eye itself and are known as retinoblastoma in children and melanoma in adults. Retinoblastoma is a cancer of the retina, the eye’s light-sensitive tissue. Ocular melanoma affects various parts of the eye, specifically the choroid, ciliary body and the iris. Both are considered rare. 

Signs of eye tumors can vary. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Blurred Vision
  • Flashes or Floaters 
  • Complete or Partial Vision Loss
  • Red or Watery Eyes
  • Pain In or Around the Eye
  • Bulging of the Eye
  • Change in the Appearance of the Affected Eye

There are various ways to treat eye tumors, depending on several factors such as the diagnosis, size and aggressiveness of the tumor. Certain small tumors may respond to laser treatment or freezing (cryosurgery). In some instances, it is possible to remove a tumor surgically and still preserve vision.

In addition to damaging vision, eye tumors may spread to the optic nerve, the brain and the rest of the body. Therefore, early diagnosis and treatment are extremely important. Regular comprehensive eye examinations are an important way to protect your eye health. A routine examination in Phoenix can help our doctors identify signs of serious health conditions, like eye tumors. If you notice any changes in your vision or the appearance of your eyes, contact Associated Retina Consultants right away to schedule an examination with our doctors. Call 602-242-4928 or visit website today.

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