Iris Ciliary Body Melanoma Results


Patients Entered: Any patient with iris ciliary body melanoma who returns for follow-up and therefore presents to The New York Eye Cancer Center waiting room qualifies for entry into the results page.

Average Vision: The average visual acuity of all patients with iris ciliary body melanoma seen at the NYECC who qualify for entry into the results page.

Most Common Vision: The most common visual acuity measured at each patient’s last visit to the NYECC.

Local Tumor Destruction: Average percentage of iris ciliary body melanomas destroyed by Dr. Finger’s plaque radiation therapy among patients seen at the NYECC. Each patient’s local eye cancer control is updated at each visit. Patients who have had their eye removed as initial treatment are not included.

Initial Eye Removal: Percentage of patients whose eyes (with iris ciliary body melanoma) had to be removed as first and thus primary treatment.

Metastases: The percentage of patients who have returned to the NYECC who are living with systemic spread of their iris ciliary body melanoma. This does not include all patients who have developed metastatic disease after either radiation or eye removal treatment. For a better understanding of that statistic, ask Dr. Finger.

Average follow up (in years): This statistic averages the length of time since treatment for all patients treated for iris ciliary body melanoma and seen at the NYECC for follow up.


  • Data includes only patients treated for iris ciliary body melanoma by Dr. Finger.
  • Patients data is kept confidential, anonymous and thus HIPAA-compliant in that this data is averaged in with all the other patient’s outcomes; no individual patient can be identified.
  • Starting from December 2017, every patient’s outcome with iris ciliary body melanoma was anonymously recorded at each visit to The New York Eye Cancer Center. Selection included: only patients who returned for scheduled follow up examinations/treatments (no patient who did not return for more than 12 months.
  • Patients who had to have their eye removed as primary treatment were not included in our visual acuity outcomes. Patients who had their eye removed after radiation therapy had their vision was averaged into our results as “0.”
  • Visual acuity outcomes of hand motions, light perception and no light perception were averaged in as a value of “0.”

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DISCLAIMER: Please remember that past performance may not be indicative of future results. The above survey includes a wide variety of tumors types, sizes and locations. In addition, different types of treatments involve varying degrees of risk. The information presented should be considered a “snap-shot” picture of our past and current clinical practice. There can be no assurance that the future performance of any specific patient or treatment will match the average or most common result reported.

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