Get Ahead of Eye Cancer with Regular Checkups

eyeEye cancer does not have a color or a month of observance. It is also a cancer that the Triangle rarely hears or reads about. In an eye exam, it is however a very important aspect of what Park Ophthalmology is looking for during routine eye exams. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 2,800 Americans were diagnosed with eye cancer last year, In 2013 alone, 320 people died from cancers of the eye and orbit. It is best to be aware of the risk, which increases with age.

Types of Eye Cancer 

  • Primary intraocular cancer: Begins inside the eyeball and can be either lymphoma or melanoma. Intraocular melanoma is the most common type of eye cancer, and it develops within the eyeball in adults.
  • Secondary intraocular cancer: Begins in another part of the body and spreads to the eye. This type is actually more common.

Symptoms of Eye Cancer

People with intraocular melanoma usually have no symptoms. It is often discovered during a regular eye exam, which is why Dr. Beth Friedland encourages regular checkups for people of all ages.

Common symptoms include:

  • Loss of vision
  • Trouble seeing
  • Losing part of the field of vision
  • Flashes of light
  • Seeing spots or floaters
  • A dark spot in the eye that begins to spread

These symptoms might also indicate another eye problem, such as a retina detaching, cataract, or glaucoma. Anyone exhibiting these symptoms should immediately make an appointment with Dr. Friedland. Eye cancer may not have a celebrity spokesperson, but it is something to be aware of, and yet one more reason to schedule annual eye exams at Park Ophthalmology.


Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about eye cancer is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.


Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829


Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

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