Tumors are abnormal growths of tissue on the eyelid or orbit (eye socket) that can be benign (non-cancerous) or
Treatment depends on the cause of the mass, but surgical removal is often
recommended. The surgeon may reconstruct the eyelid or orbit so it functions properly. Reconstruction is
each patient based on the size and location of the tumor.
Choroidal melanoma is the most common primary malignant intraocular tumor in
adults. It is composed of melanocytes and arises from the blood-vessel layer (choroid) beneath the retina. Most
patients have no symptoms so early detection and treatment is vital. Untreated, the melanoma can spread to other
parts of the body, which can be fatal.
Treatment depends on diagnosis of the tumor and the size and is directed toward
reducing risk of recurrence. Standard treatment options include external beam radiation therapy, iodine plaque
therapy or removal of the eye (enucleation).