Pay attention to the effect of cancer on the eyes

Neglecting the types of cancer that may occur in the eyes, which is the most important organ in understanding and interacting with the outside world, can cause problems that can lead to serious loss of vision. In our country, the number of people living with cancer continues to increase every year. On the 4th of February, World Cancer Day, Prof. Dünyagöz Etiler drew attention to the importance of raising public awareness about the types of cancer in the eyes and the effects of cancer in the eyes. Dr. Samurai Tuncer states that regular eye and fundus examinations play a major role in early diagnosis.

Early diagnosis is possible with routine eye examinations.

Our eyes, which are our windows to the world, contain clues of many different types of cancer. Drawing attention to the importance of raising awareness of the public on this issue on February 4, World Cancer Day, Prof. Dr. Samurai Tuncer states that the lesions observed at the bottom of the eye may be a part of systematic cancer types as well as cancers that may occur in the eye. Thanks to routine eye examinations; Noting that cancer types such as lymph, breast, skin, prostate and lung, as well as melanoma tumors in the eye can be easily diagnosed, Prof. Dr. Samurai Tuncer points out that thanks to these examinations, even the lives of many patients were saved. Especially in childhood and infancy, early diagnosis and treatment of intraocular cancers such as retinoblastoma, thanks to routine examinations, are of great importance in terms of eliminating the disease and protecting the eyesight.

Many types of cancer can be diagnosed at an early stage with fundus examination.

Paying attention to symptoms can save lives

Stating that the most common type of intraocular cancer in adults is choroidal melanoma, Prof. Dr. Samurai Tuncer, “Choroidal melanoma manifests itself with symptoms such as decreased vision and blurred vision, changes in the appearance of the eye, flashes of light, black shadows and crooked vision. In addition to these symptoms, dark spots that occur in the iris part of the eye and grow gradually, eye irritation, redness and narrowing of the visual angle can also be a sign of cancer in the eye. Taking these symptoms into account and performing rapid fundus examinations can make the difference between life and death for some patients, as well as helping in the diagnosis of many different types of cancer. However, in some cases, patients do not have any of the above-mentioned symptoms, despite the formation of melanoma in the eye. At this point, the diagnosis of the disease becomes impossible for a person who does not regularly perform routine eye examinations.

Choosing the right treatment is very important

Stating that the age of the patient, the position of the eye cancer, general health status and whether the cancer has spread are taken into consideration during the selection of the right treatment method, Prof. Dr. Samurai Tuncer, “In the treatment of eye cancer; Many different treatment methods such as surgical intervention, laser therapy, radiation therapy, cryotherapy, monoclonal antibodies and chemotherapy can be used. In order to eliminate the disease and protect the general health of the patient, choosing the right treatment method is of great importance. At this point, the expertise and experience of the doctor who performs the eye and eye area examination will be decisive. Especially in early-diagnosed and small-scale eye cancers, intervention can be performed without causing any loss of shape and function in the eye. For this reason, as a physician, I recommend that people who notice any symptoms that cause discomfort in their eyes should immediately go to the examination and take the necessary precautions.”

What causes eye cancer? Symptoms and treatment methods

Possible signs of eye cancer

  • blurred vision
  • sudden loss of vision
  • Moving dots or lines appearing in the field of view, flashes of light
  • visual field loss
  • A dark spot or speck that appears on the colored part of the eye
  • Change in the shape or size of the pupil
  • The eye is protruding or shifting from its natural position in the eye socket
  • Eye redness or sensitivity to light




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