Eye melanoma is a type of cancer that is difficult to detect. It may not cause signs and symptoms and is found more often in men than in women.
- Extended exposure to sunlight and/or tanning beds
- Having light hair & eye color (blue or green eyes) or being fair skinned
- Being Caucasian
- Having oculodermal melanocytosis, (increased and abnormal pigmentation of the eye and skin around the eye)
- Having abnormal pigmentation of the eyelid or uvea
- Having dysplastic nevus syndrome (abnormal moles)
Eye melanoma is not usually able to be detected by looking in the mirror.
- vision loss or peripheral vision loss
- One eye having blurry vision
- Dark spot on the iris (or change of iris color)
- Change in the shape of the pupil
- Seeing flashing lights
- Red and/or painful eye
- Bulging eye
Prevention of Eye Melanoma:
- Stay out of the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is when the sun causes the most damage. Wear sunglasses with UV protection.
- Stay in the shade. This will reduce your risk of UV exposure.
- Stay away from tanning beds & booths. This type of UV exposure is just as dangerous as being in the sun.