PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What is ocular melanoma?

ANSWER

Melanoma is a kind of cancer that develops in the cells that give your skin, eyes, and hair their color (they make a pigment called melanin). This cancer is usually on the skin, but it also can happen in your eyes. When it does, it's called ocular melanoma.

It's the most common form of eye cancer in adults, but it's still rare. Your odds of getting it are about 6 in 1 million. It can cause vision problems and can be serious if it spreads to other organs.

From: Ocular Melanoma WebMD Medical Reference

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

NEXT QUESTION:

Is ocular melanoma linked to ultraviolet rays?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.

    Other Answers On: