Ocular oncology is the branch of ophthalmology dealing with tumors relating to the eye and its surrounding structures.Eye cancer can affect all parts of the eye, including the globe (the eye itself), the eyelids, the orbit, as well as the conjunctiva (the membrane that covers the inside of the eyelids and the sclera).

Examples ofintra-ocular tumors include:

  • Choroidal Melanoma
  • Ciliary Body Melanoma
  • Iris Melanoma
  • Circumscribed Choroidal Hemangiomas
  • Choroidal Osteoma

Examples of eyelid tumors include:

  • Basal cell Carcinoma
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Examples of orbital tumors include:
  • Cavernous Hemangioma
  • Dermoid Cyst
  • Sphenoid Wing Meningioma
  • Ocular Lymphoma

Examples of conjunctival tumors include:

  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Primary Acquired Melanosis
  • Conjunctival Melanoma

Treatment of eye cancer can include observation, radiation, laser, and surgical excision. Should you and your surgeon decide that surgery is the correct option, you will you will receive your pre-operative instructions from your surgeon’s office prior to your surgery at SAEC. These instructions include not eating or drinking after midnight the night before your procedure. You will be asked to arrive at SAEC at a specified time, which will allow time for you to have your eye dilated for the procedure, and to meet the anaesthesiologist working with your surgeon that day. Your surgeon, anaesthesiologist, and yourself will determine the type of sedation that is necessary. In the operating room, there will be two additional nurses there to assist you and your surgeon, and the length of your surgical procedure will be dependant on the specifics of your situation. After your procedure, a nurse will go through your postoperative instructions with you, and ensure that you have made arrangements to be transported home with your friend or family member.

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