Advertisement

What is intraocular melanoma?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Intraocular melanoma, also called ocular melanoma or eye melanoma, is a type of cancer that affects the eyes. Generally, intraocular melanoma forms in the middle layer of the eye, called the uveal tract. Intraocular melanoma can form in any part of the uveal tract, but most commonly, it starts in the cells that make melanin, which is the protective pigment that gives eyes their color. Causes, symptoms, and severity of different types of intraocular melanoma vary depending on which part of the eye is affected. Intraocular melanoma is relatively rare, but it's actually the most common kind of eye cancer.

Continue Learning about Eye Cancers

What are the long-term risks of eye cancer?
Diana MeeksDiana Meeks
Eye cancer sometimes carries the risk of serious health problems. It can cause glaucoma or other for...
More Answers
How Are Genetics Impacting the Future of Cancer Research?
How Are Genetics Impacting the Future of Cancer Research?
How Is Retinoblastoma Diagnosed?
How Is Retinoblastoma Diagnosed?
Where Are We Seeing Cases of Retinoblastoma?
Where Are We Seeing Cases of Retinoblastoma?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.