Eye (Ocular) Cancer

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
old man with blue eyes, possibly with eye cancer

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Eye cancer is rare—in fact, there are only about 3,500 new cases a year, a fraction of the estimated 1.7 million-plus cases of cancer that are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. There are often no early symptoms or warning signs, especially if the cancer is small and not located close to the vital structures of the eye.

Eye cancer is most treatable when it is discovered early, says Renelle Lim, MD, a Yale Medicine ophthalmologist and specialist in ocular oncology and plastic surgery. “For that reason, we always advise everyone to have a dilated eye exam once a year with an eye doctor,” she says.