Many at times, eye disease does not show symptoms in the early stages. Moreover, most symptoms can be due to other less serious diseases. Conditions such as floaters may occur as a normal part of the aging process. Though, if you notice any unusual sign of an eye infection, it may be a symptom of eye cancer.
Those people with intraocular melanoma usually have no symptoms. However, an ophthalmologist can detect an eye cancer during a regular eye examination. Therefore, it is recommended that one gets an eye exam, imaging tests such as sound waves and x-rays, biopsies and blood tests were done to identify the cancerous cells.
The following are signs and symptoms of eye cancer for different types of cancers:
Melanoma Of The Eye
Most people with this kind of cancer rarely or do not experience any symptoms not unless cancer grows in certain parts of the eye or becomes more advanced. The signs and symptoms of eye melanoma include: (1)
- A growing dark spot on the iris (colored part of the eye)
- Change in the size of the pupil (the black spot in the center of the eye)
- Change in shape of the pupil
- A problem associated with a vision which may lead to blurry vision and in advance stages may result in sudden loss of vision.
- Sprouting of floaters or flashes of light: These are spots or squiggles drifting in the field of vision.
- Losing part of the area of sight a condition also known as a visual field loss.
- Changes in the way of movements within the eye socket
- Bulging of the eyes
- Change in position of the eyeball within the eye socket
- Pain in the eye
Lymphoma Of The Eye
The signs and symptoms of eye lymphoma include:
- Loss of vision
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Redness and swelling of the eyes
- Sprouting of floaters or flashes of light: These are spots or squiggles drifting in the field of vision
- Pain in the eye: This is rarely experienced not unless the tumor has grown extensively and metastasized outside the eye. It is associated with bulging of the eye and change in position of the eyeball within the eye sockets.
- Intraocular lymphoma which is a type of lymphoma of the eye mostly affect both eyes. It can cause more symptoms in one eye than in the other eye. (2)
Other symptoms that are associated with eye cancer include:
- Excessive tearing
- Excessive shedding of bloody tears
- Ulceration of the eyelid
- Say that is persistent and does not heal with time
- Orbital or ocular pain
- Pigmented lesion which may appear to be brown on the eyelid
- A small, firm, raised lump with a lesion in the center on the eyelid
- Pigmented area on the conjunctiva
- Loss of peripheral vision: Loss of peripheral vision or blinkered view is a condition where one tends to see what is straight ahead clearly but not the things on their side.
Other Symptoms Of Advanced Eye Cancer
Unexplained Weightloss: Drastic and significant weight loss especially when one is not dieting is a sign and symptom of eye disease. This is a symptom that is common to all types of cancers in their advanced stages. (3)
FeverAnd Headaches: Frequent fever and headaches are a sign that cancer has invaded the brain cells.
Fatigue: Unexplained and unusual fatigue may be as a result of the cancer cells invading the joints and nearby tissues.