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Cancer of the eye is uncommon. It can affect the outer parts of the eye, such as the eyelid, which are made up of muscles, skin and nerves. If the cancer starts inside the eyeball it's called intraocular cancer. The most common intraocular cancers in adults are melanoma and lymphoma. The most common eye cancer in children is retinoblastoma, which starts in the cells of the retina. Cancer can also spread to the eye from other parts of the body.
Treatment for eye cancer varies by the type and by how advanced it is. It may include surgery, radiation therapy, freezing or heat therapy, or laser therapy.
Prevention and Risk Factors
- Risk Factors for Eye Cancer (American Cancer Society)
Treatments and Therapies
- Drugs Approved for Retinoblastoma (National Cancer Institute)
- Treatment of Intraocular (Uveal) Melanoma (National Cancer Institute) Also in Spanish
- Treatment Option Overview (Intraocular [Uveal] Melanoma) (National Cancer Institute) Also in Spanish
- Treatment Option Overview (Retinoblastoma) (National Cancer Institute) Also in Spanish
- Living as an Eye Cancer Survivor (American Cancer Society)
- Retinoblastoma: MedlinePlus Genetics (National Library of Medicine)
Statistics and Research
- What's New In Eye Cancer Research and Treatment? (American Cancer Society)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Clinical characteristics, radiologic features, and histopathology of biopsied lacrimal gland tumors.
- Article: Ocular metastasis from renal malignancies - A comprehensive review.
- Eye Cancer -- see more articles
- Article: Prediction model of ocular metastasis from primary liver cancer: Machine learning-based...
Find an Expert
- American Cancer Society
- American Foundation for the Blind
- Find a Cancer Doctor (American Society of Clinical Oncology)
- Find an Ophthalmologist (American Academy of Ophthalmology) Also in Spanish
- National Cancer Institute Also in Spanish
- National Eye Institute
- Organizations that Offer Cancer Support Services (National Cancer Institute) Also in Spanish