When you hear the word melanoma is the first thing to come to mind skin cancer?
That’s the case for most people, but do you know about the dangers of Ocular Melanoma?
With Summer come the numerous warnings to protect our skin from the sun, so why not talk about Ocular Melanoma? After all, your eyes are pretty important!
So What is Ocular Melanoma?
Ocular Melanoma is a cancer of the melanin producing cells of the eye similar to that of the skin. In the eye ocular melanoma is a type of cancer that develops in pigment producing cells — the same cells 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, however, it is not associated with UV exposure as it is in the skin.
Due to the fact that many ocular melanomas present in the back of the eye and are not readily visible, early detection is the key to a positive outcome. Melanomas diagnosed and treated with less than 2mm thickness have a much better prognosis than those diagnosed at a later stage. Ocular melanomas are usually not detected until a latter date due to the lack of visual symptoms. When they do produce symptoms, they may include:
- flashes of light
- blurry vision
- loss of peripheral vision
- distortion of pupil size
- a growing spot on the iris
In any case the best way to catch ocular melanomas early is with regular comprehensive eye exams.
From the eye doctors, opticians and staff at Rinkov Eyecare Centers. We’ve provided comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, eyeglasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease, such as cataract treatment, in Columbus, Ohio for over 35 years. Come see an optometrist at one of our Columbus locations – Downtown, West, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington and Nationwide Plaza.