What are the symptoms of Intraocular Melanoma?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jun 28, 2011

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  • Malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the eye.
  • The condition is difficult to detect.
  • A dark spot on the iris is one of the symptoms.
  • A change in the shape of the pupil is another indication.

Intraocular melanoma is a condition in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the eye. It occurs in the middle of 3 layers of the wall of the eye. Intraocular melanoma may not cause any early symptoms.


intraocular melanoma symptoms


Mostly, they occur in the part of the eye you can't see when looking in a mirror which makes it difficult to detect. It is sometimes found during a routine eye exam when the doctor dilates the pupil and looks into the eye.



The possible signs of intraocular melanoma include a dark spot on the iris or blurred vision. The following symptoms may be caused by intraocular melanoma or by other conditions. You must check with a doctor if any of the following problems occur.

  • A dark spot on the iris
  • Blurred vision
  • A change in the shape of the pupil
  • A change in vision

If the tumour causes the retina to separate from the eye, glaucoma may develop. If this happens, there may be no symptoms, or symptoms may include the following:

  • Eye pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Eye redness
  • Nausea



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