Tumors of the Eye

What are Eye Tumors?

Tumors of the Eye | Bellevue WA | Seattle

What is a tumor of the eye?
  • A “tumor” simply means a mass or tissue swelling. This term applies to both benign tumors (such as a mole on the skin) as well as malignant tumors (which are referred to as cancer).
  • “Benign” means that a tumor that does not have the ability to invade or spread to other organs. Benign tumors are not cancers.
  • “Malignant” refers to a tumor that has the ability to invade and spread to other organs. The term “cancer” refers to a malignant tumor.
  • Most eye tumors involve the conjunctiva, uvea (composed of the iris, ciliary body, and choroid), retina or optic nerve.

Types of Eye Tumors

Tumors of the Choroid and Ciliary Body
  • Choroidal nevus
  • Choroidal melanoma
  • Choroidal metastasis
  • Choroidal hemangioma
  • Choroidal osteoma
Tumors of the Retina and Retinal Pigment Epithelium (RPE)
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Retinal capillary hemangiomas
  • Congenital hypertrophy of the RPE
  • RPE adenoma
Tumors of the Iris
  • Iris melanoma
  • Tumors of the Optic Nerve
  • Melanocytoma
  • Metastasis
Ocular lymphoma
  • Intraocular lymphoma
  • Conjunctival lymphoma

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