Although relatively rare, various types of tumors can occur within the eye. These are called intraocular tumors. Examples of intraocular tumors are choroidal melanoma, retinoblastoma, choroidal nevus, and hemangioma.
Some of these tumors are malignant (cancerous) and others are benign, indicating that they cannot spread to distant parts of the body. However, even benign tumors can cause visual loss.
Treatments for intraocular tumors include radiation, laser, and surgical removal. Because these tumors occur infrequently, ophthalmologists who treat them require additional specialized training. Care is usually provided by one of our ocular oncologists.