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 Eyelid Tumors

Tumors are abnormal growths of tissue on the eyelid or orbit (eye socket) that can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).


  • Mass on eyelid
  • Eyelid redness
  • Loss of eyelashes
  • Eyelid tenderness


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 tailored to 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.


  • Asymptomatic
  • Distorted vision
  • Floaters


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).