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Melanoma

Intraocular melanoma may not cause any early symptoms. It is sometimes found during a routine eye exam when the doctor dilates the pupil and looks into the eye. The following symptoms may be caused by intraocular melanoma or by other conditions. A doctor should be consulted if any of these problems occur:

  • A dark spot on the iris
  • Blurred vision
  • A change in the shape of the pupil
  • A change in vision

Glaucoma may develop if the tumor causes the retina to separate from the eye. If this happens, there may be no symptoms, or symptoms may include the following:

  • Eye pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Eye redness
  • Nausea

Retinoblastoma

Possible signs of retinoblastoma include "white pupil" and eye pain or redness. These and other symptoms may be caused by retinoblastoma. Other conditions may cause the same symptoms. A doctor should be consulted if any of the following problems occur:

  • Pupil of the eye appears white instead of red when light shines into it. This may be seen in flash photographs of the child.
  • Eyes appear to be looking in different directions.
  • Pain or redness in the eye.
Last updated: 5/19/2010 3:50:50 PM