Ocular Melanoma

Specialty of Ophthalmology

Ocular melanoma is a form of cancer that affects melanin, the cells that produce pigment in the body. Despite that it is a rare disease, it is the most common type of cancer that occurs in the eyes. Also, it can affect all parts of the body, especially those less accessible for detection, so it is essential eye examinations done regularly. Treatment depends on the degree of development of melanoma when detected, but mainly there are two types of treatments: radiation therapy, which aims to stop the growth of melanoma or, if possible, eliminate it; ocular melanoma surgery, by which the tumor is removed, unless it is too large (which would require complete removal of the eye, placing an implant in place).

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