How to identify ocular cancer

Atlanta—Optometrists in a practice unaffiliated with a tertiary care center will rarely see patients ocular cancer, a disease that is both sight threatening and life threatening. Because it’s impossible to predict who will walk through your door, it’s necessary to remain vigilant for signs of ocular melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, ocular lymphoma and leukemia, as well as cancers that have metastasized to the eye.

“Most ocular melanomas are picked up by optometrists during routine eye exams, and prompt diagnosis is critical to survival,” says Optometry Times blogger Melanie Denton, OD, FAAO, MBA. Dr. Denton, who recently opened a practice in Salisbury, NC, gave a joint presentation on ocular oncology at SECO 2016 with Mark Dunbar, OD, FAAO, director of optometric services and optometry residency supervisor, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami Health System.

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