Choroidal melanoma is the most common primary intraocular tumor in adults. Dr. Finger has been instrumental in creating The Collaborative Ocular Melanoma Study of Choroidal Melanoma. Download a summary of the study today:
This cancer initially appears as a small freckle beneath the retina. Choroidal melanoma can grow in height and diameter and may eventually spread to other organs of the body, causing death.
Since choroidal melanoma is actually inside the eye, it is not visible or symptomatic to patients. They may not recognize they have a problem until the tumor grows to a size that impairs vision by obstruction, retinal detachment, hemorrhage, or other complication.
Periodic dilated retinal examination is the best means of early detection.