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What are intraocular tumours?

Tumours can develop in the eye, just like anywhere else in the body. They can be primary tumours, i.e., originating in the eye, or more commonly, as intraocular metastases. In fact, many metastases are detected at an eye consultation during routine check-ups. Early diagnosis is vital is these cases as it enables us to act earlier, increasing the chances of successful treatment.


Cualquier estructura ocular o periocular puede verse afectada, siendo los síntomas muy diferentes dependiendo del lugar donde se encuentre el tumor.

Por su prevalencia y evolución caben destacar los siguientes:

  • Melanoma: Aunque puede afectar a diversas estructuras intraoculares, lo más frecuente es la afectación de la coroides, la capa que se sitúa justo por debajo de la retina.
  • Retinoblastoma: Es el tumor ocular más frecuente durante la infancia. Es importante estar alerta a signos indirectos en los más pequeños como estrabismo de aparición espontánea o leucocoria (reflejo blanco pupilar).
  • Tumores palpebrales: Hay que tener en cuenta que cualquier tipo de tumor que aparezca en la piel, podrá hacerlo también a nivel del párpado.
  • Tumores orbitarios: Generalmente debutan con protrusión del globo ocular (exoftalmos).


The treatment will largely depend on the structure affected and the characteristics of the tumour, as there are multiple types. Individualised testing is required for each patient so as to determine the systemic spread and to decide on the most appropriate treatment option in each case. Prevention is enormously important in these cases, which is why we recommend seeing an ophthalmologist if you notice any changes to vision as well as having regular check-ups.


At CLÍNICA RAHHAL, we have state-of-the-art technological equipment which, combined with our teamwork, ensures the best results.

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Where do eye tumours occur?

It is important to understand that the eye is a complex structure made up of multiple types of tissues which together make up our visual system. Depending on the tissue affected, tumours can occur on the eyelids, in which case they are visible to the patient, on the surface of the eye (conjunctiva and cornea), on the iris (the part that adds colour to our eyes), on the choroid and on the retina. Tumours that occur in these latter areas are often diagnosed later as they are not in plain view and can only be seen by eye examination, and they often do not reveal any symptoms at the early stages.

How are ocular tumours treated?

Treatment will vary for each individual case, depending on the type of tissue affected (eyelids, conjunctiva, retina, etc.) and the stage of the tumour. It can range from topical chemotherapy treatment (in drops) to surgery to radiotherapy.

What should I do if I have a family history?

With any family history of eye disorders, annual check-ups are recommended and a specialist ophthalmologist will determine whether or not more frequent check-ups are needed, according to each individual case.

Can ocular tumours lead to metastasis?

Yes, ocular tumours can spread to other parts of the body, in the same way as they can be the result of metastasis of a non-eye tumour, such as breast or lung cancer.

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