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Having your eyes regularly examined for vision and checked for health problems is important for your long term eye care. If you only visit an eye doctor when your eyes are hurt or when you’re having vision problems, you may be ignoring a hidden, more serious, slow developing problem.

A regular eye check can reveal eye problems that can be prevented before they develop into a more severe condition. Often times, you cannot spot these conditions on your own by looking in a mirror. However, only a trained specialist with the proper tools can identify a serious eye condition.

One disorder your eye doctor is able to identify is eye cancer.


The most common eye cancer is Eye Melanoma. It does exhibit some surface-level signs that you should be aware of, but can only be diagnosed after an eye exam. Your eye doctor will use special tools to look at and inside the eye for any signs of a tumor blocking blood vessels or developing in other parts of the eye. They may also use x-rays or an ultrasound to confirm the presence of the disease.

If you are experiencing any of the following surface-level symptoms, you should visit an eye doctor to see if you have Eye Melanoma:

  • Blurry vision
  • Sudden loss of vision
  • Bulging of eye
  • Change in eye’s positioning
  • Change in size of pupil
  • A dark spot in your iris


Eye Melanoma is a rare disease, so it’s important your doctors have experience in dealing with it. Treatments for eye cancer are specially developed by a team of different eye specialists in order to remove the cancer and preserve your vision. Other doctors may examine and scan your body in order to determine if the cancer has spread to other parts of your body. This is why it’s important to catch Eye Melanoma early on. If the cancer stays located only in the eye, your survival rate greatly increases.

Here are the usual treatments for eye cancer:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Laser therapy
  • A combination of any of the above

Are you concerned about your eye’s health? Do you need to schedule an eye examination? Call Silverstein Eye Care Centers today to make an appointment for an eye exam. We can serve you at either of our convenient location in Independence/Kansas City at (816) 358-3600.

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