What are the symptoms of a tumor behind the eye?
Tumors may form in the eye or around the eye, including behind the eye.
Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Bulging of the eye, usually without pain.
- Swelling of the eye.
- Changes in vision or vision loss.
- Eye redness.
- Burning or itching in the eye.
- The feeling that something is in the eye.
How serious is a tumor behind the eye?
In addition to damaging vision, eye tumors can spread to the optic nerve, the brain and the rest of the body. Therefore, early diagnosis and treatment are extremely important. Melanoma tends to spread via blood vessels to distant organs.
Can a tumor in the eye be benign?
Non-cancerous tumors and inflammation sometimes occur in the tissues around the eye. These growths are called benign tumors or benign disease. However, they can cause severe discomfort as well as several health issues, such as pushing the eye forward, bulging, or protrusion.
Who is most likely to get eye cancer?
People over age 50 are most likely to be diagnosed with primary intraocular melanoma. In fact, the average age of diagnosis is 55. It is rare in children and people over age 70.
What are the chances of surviving eye cancer?
Survival rates can give you an idea of what percentage of people with the same type and stage of cancer are still alive a certain amount of time (usually 5 years) after they were diagnosed.
5-year relative survival rates for eye melanoma.
|SEER stage||5-year relative survival rate|
|All SEER stages combined||82%|
Can an optician detect eye cancer?
This is a very rare cancer and so your symptoms may be due to another eye condition. But see your GP or optician if you notice any changes in your eyesight, or in the way your eye looks or feels. Opticians sometimes find eye cancer when they are doing routine eye examinations.
What causes a tumor behind the eye?
Cystic orbital lesions may lead to the formation of a mass behind the eye. Dermoid cysts are slow-growing cysts which usually occur on the bony rim of the orbit. A firm nodule formation may develop because of the cyst. The cause could be rupturing of the surrounding skin, which causes inflammation.