Books or tablets: Which is better for your eyes?
For those of us who love to read, digital devices have opened up a rich new world of literary exploration. But as your mind expands, how are your eyes doing?
Ocular oncology involves the diagnosis and treatment of benign and cancerous tumors in or around the eye. Tumors may develop on the surface of the eye, eyelids and tissue within the eye. Tumors may originate in eye tissue or spread from another cancerous tumor in a different part of your body.
Tumors in and around the eye can be cancerous (malignant) or noncancerous (benign). Malignant tumors can originate in the eye, such as ocular melanoma (also known as uveal melanoma) and lymphoma, or can spread to the eye from other parts of the body (metastasis, lymphoma).
Benign tumors inside of the eye, including hemangioma, can occur on their own (idiopathic) or occur as part of a syndrome that affects other parts of the body. Benign tumors like hemangioma can be treated at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center with photodynamic therapy, laser, intraocular injections and other surgical approaches. Other benign tumors, like choroidal nevus, are monitored for the development of malignant growth using a plan based on each individual patient’s tumor.
The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s ocular oncology team uses the latest diagnostic methods and treatment approaches to catch ocular tumors early, prevent spread and improve outcomes. The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s ocular oncology team has three goals: save lives, save eyes and save vision.
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) have the expertise to diagnose and treat all tumors of the eye from the rare to the more common. Conditions treated by The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s ocular oncology team include:
Symptoms of tumors in or around the eye vary based on the cause of tumor and location. Ocular melanoma may not cause early symptoms and is often discovered during a routine eye exam.
Other symptoms of tumors in or around the eye can include:
The following methods are used to screen for and diagnose tumors in and around eye:
The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s team of experts collaborate to provide the most personalized medical or surgical treatment for your type of cancer or eye tumor. Treatment options may include:
Additional treatments include medications injected in the eye (e.g., anti-vascular endothelial growth factor [VEGF] injections) and retinal laser treatments. Learn more about ocular melanoma treatments at the OSUCCC – James.
The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center offers an integrated program between Ophthalmology and Oncology backed by a strong multidisciplinary team. This collaboration allows for dedicated research, improved screening, close monitoring of ocular tumors and access to cutting-edge clinical trials.
The multidisciplinary care models fostered at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center allow for teams of experts to collaborate on treatment of rare, multi-system diseases, such Von Hippel-Lindau disease (VHL). OSUCCC – James is one of just a few cancer centers in the country offering a VHL consortium, creating opportunities for physicians to share in research and treatment plans and develop better care for patients.
The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center offers world-leading care and expertise on the BAP1 tumor predisposition syndrome. Special interdisciplinary clinical services are available for affected patients and their families for early discovery, prevention and personalized treatment.
The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s ocular oncology department is committed to implementing research discoveries into precision medicine and providing you the most individualized care available.