What to know about eye pain and cancer

What to know about eye pain and cancer

Cancer and eye pain:

Rarely, eye pain may be a sign of eye cancer. Some types of eye cancer are actually skin cancers that start in the eyelid or surrounding skin, these are the most common and can be aggrevated by exposure to UV in sunlight. Others begin in the eye itself.

Other symptoms

Eye cancer usually only causes pain if the tumor has grown extensively outside the eye. Some earlier signs and symptoms of eye cancer can include:

  • blurred vision
  • a growing dark spot on the iris of the eye
  • a change in pupil size or shape
  • a change in the position of the eyeball within its socket
  • a change in the way the eyeball moves within its socket
  • bulging of the eye
  • partial or complete loss of vision


The treatment for eye cancer will depend partly on the size and location of the cancer, as well as on the likelihood of saving vision in the eye.

Some possible treatment options for eye cancer include:

  • surgery to remove the tumor or the entire eye
  • laser therapy
  • chemotherapy
  • radiation therapy
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