Ocular Melanoma

Ocular melanoma (melanoma in or around the eye) develops in the cells that produce pigment, which is the substance that gives your skin, hair and eyes color. Just as you can develop melanoma on your skin, you can also develop it in your eye. Although this is a common eye cancer in adults, ocular melanoma is rare.

Treatments for Ocular Melanoma

The course of treatment of your eye melanoma depends on a number of factors, but primarily on the size of the tumor. If the tumor is small enough, you may not have to receive treatment immediately. You may decide to watch the melanoma closely to see if it grows. If that does happen or if the melanoma begins to cause complications, we will put together a treatment plan that works best for you.

Active Monitoring
Also called "watchful waiting," you can forego the side effects of treatment with careful monitoring of the stage of this cancer.

Cryosurgery is used to treat cancer at a non-invasive level. A metal probe cooled with liquid nitrogen kills abnormal cells by freezing them. Cryosurgery can be done in a doctor's office or clinic.

Laser Surgery
This minimally invasive technique uses a powerful beam of light to destroy abnormal cells.

Radiation Oncology
A team of medical professionals with advanced training deliver radiation treatment and care.

Surgery for Ocular Melanoma
A surgery to remove the growth and a small area of tissue around it. Based on the severity of your growth, this surgery can include anything from a small area to the removal of the eye itself.