How to Tell if You Have Ocular Melanoma
As temperatures are starting to heat up in San Diego, you are probably spending more time outdoors if not at the beach. Even though getting some Vitamin D is good for your skin and your soul, too much sun can wreak some serious damage on your skin and your eyes which can lead to things like melanoma. Even though melanoma is most often diagnosed in patients as skin cancer, did you know that you can also get it in your eyes as well?
What’s Ocular Melanoma?
Before we dive into symptoms of ocular melanoma to look out for, let’s briefly discuss what ocular melanoma is. Ocular melanoma is a type of cancer that usually develops in the uvea. If left untreated, ocular melanoma can result in vision loss, glaucoma, retinal detachment, or it can even metastasize and spread to other parts of your body as well.
What Are Signs to Look Out For?
The best way for us to catch a patient with ocular melanoma is if they come into our office at the first sign of any of these symptoms. Symptoms for ocular melanoma include:
- A growing dark spot on the iris or conjunctiva (thin membrane covering the front of the eye and the inside of the eyelids)
- Floaters and flashers
- Increased vision difficulties in one eye
- Changes in pupil shape
- Loss of peripheral vision
If you do experience any of these signs or symptoms, contact our office right away and schedule an examination. Remember that it’s always better to detect vision problems early on before they metastasize and spread. If you want to learn a little bit more about ocular melanoma or if you want to schedule an examination, contact our San Diego office and call 619.425.7755.