What is the prognosis of Intraocular Melanoma?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jun 28, 2011

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  • Intraocular melanoma is a type of eye cancer.
  • It develops in the melanin producing cells.
  • A dark spot may develop on the iris.
  • Adjusting to a new vision may take some months

Intraocular melanoma is a type of cancer which develops in the melanin producing cells. Melanin is the pigment which gives your skin its colour. The human eyes can develop melanoma as they too have melanin producing cells.  You can’t detect the eye melanoma by looking in a mirror and more over it does not typically any early signs or symptoms.

Intraocular Melanoma


Eye melanoma may not have any signs and symptoms but when they do occur they include:

  • Dark spot on the iris
  • Sensation of flashing lights
  • Change in the shape of the pupil
  • Poor or blurry vision in one eye
  • loss in the peripheral vision
  • Sensation of flashes and specs of dust in the vision



The exact cause of the condition is not known however doctors know that if usually occurs when there are errors in the DNA of the healthy cells. The errors in the DNA tell the cells to grow and multiply out of control, letting the mutated cells to go on living and accumulate in the eye and form an eye melanoma. While these mutated cells are supposed to die in normal conditions.


you can still see with one eye even If the treatment causes total loss of vision in one eye. But it may take months to adjust to your new vision. However, seeing from one eye only may affect your ability to judge the distance.  Your doctor will refer you to a support group or an occupational therapist to help with cope and adjust with the altered vision.


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