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Is intraocular melanoma serious?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Depending on the type, intraocular melanoma can be very serious if it's not detected and treated in its early stages. When detected early, the tumor can be surgically removed, and that generally will get rid of the cancer without harming your vision. However, once the disease has spread from the uveal tract to other parts of the eye, it's much more challenging to treat. More severe intraocular melanoma may result in a loss of vision and may require surgical removal of the entire eye or other intensive treatments. Once intraocular melanoma progresses far enough, it can spread to other parts of the body and become fatal. Because of this, it's very important to see a doctor if you notice any unusual changes in vision, since the chance for a full recovery is better if you catch intraocular melanoma early.

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