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What are the symptoms of ocular melanoma?

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It depends on where the melanoma forms. If it starts in the middle layer of the eyeball, which holds the blood vessels that feed your inner eye, you may not notice symptoms at first. But as a tumor grows, it can cause floating black spots, light flashes, or loss of eyesight. It sometimes changes the shape of your pupil (the dark circle in the middle of your eye).

If the tumor forms on your iris, the part that gives your eye its color, it's easier to spot early.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "What is ocular melanoma?"

Cancer Society: "Eye cancer survival rates."

Jovanovic, P. , June 2013. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Pathology

Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan: "Understanding Ocular Melanoma." American Lim, L. , March 2013. Clinical Ophthalmology

Ocular Melanoma Foundation: "About OM."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on April 21, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "What is ocular melanoma?"

Cancer Society: "Eye cancer survival rates."

Jovanovic, P. , June 2013. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Pathology

Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan: "Understanding Ocular Melanoma." American Lim, L. , March 2013. Clinical Ophthalmology

Ocular Melanoma Foundation: "About OM."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on April 21, 2019

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