Cancer of the eyes is a common disease affecting more than 3,000 adults in the United States every year.
At VisionFirst, we diagnose and treat eye cancer in patients of all ages and at all stages.
Here’s how you can detect eye cancer and the importance of regular eye exams in order to keep your eyes healthy.
Eye Cancer Detection and Treatment
The best course of treatment will depend on the stage that the eye cancer is in. The more advanced stage that a cancer has progressed whenever it is diagnosed will require a more aggressive treatment.
If you are experiencing the following symptoms then you should see an eye care physician as soon as possible for care:
- Problems with vision
- Floaters or flashes of light
- Visual field loss
- A growing dark spot on the iris of the eye (iris)
- Change in the size or shape of the pupil
- Change in position of the eyeball
- Bulging of the eye
- Change in the way the eye moves.
The Importance of Regular Checkups
Visiting your eye care physician on an annual basis is crucial to maintaining good eye care. Yearly eye exams are intended to detect any abnormalities in your eyes that could lead to cancer, eye disease, or infections in their early stages which are the most treatable.
It’s the same premise as getting an annual physical to check on the overall health of your body.
A Note About Retinoblastoma…
Retinoblastoma is an eye cancer that begins in the retina, the sensitive lining on the inside of your eye. Retinoblastoma most commonly affects young children and rarely occurs in adults.
Although it is rare, Retinoblastoma may occur in one OR both eyes.
Here are some of the main symptoms associated with retinoblastoma:
- A white color in the center circle of the eye (pupil) when light is shone in the eye, such as when taking a flash photograph
- Eyes that appear to be looking in different directions
- Redness of the eyes
- Eye swelling
At VisionFirst, we take eye health very seriously and encourage you to do the same. Schedule an appointment with your local VisionFirst eye doctor today to make sure your eyes are healthy in order to help you SEE your best.