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If an eyes exam by eye doctor come normal no pressure in eyes or the optic nerve can that mean it is very unlikely i have a brain tumour?

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Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Tumor: A person can have a normal eye exam and no brain tumor. Most brain tumors are very rare. However, a person has a small chance of having a normal eye exam and still have a brain tumor.
Dr. Matthew Goren
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Sort of: A normal eye exam does not rule out a brain tumor-- only brain imaging would do that. Of course, brain tumors are quite uncommon to begin with. You might see a neurologist if you have concerns about this.
Dr. Jodi Luchs
LASIK Surgery 30 years experience
Not necessarily: A normal eye exam does not rule out the possibility of a brain tumor. Large brain tumors which raise intracranial pressure or those pressing on the optic nerves can produce findings which are visible on eye exam, but smaller tumors or those not pressing on the optic nerves produce no signs on an eye exam. If you are worried about a brain tumor, see your medical doctor or neurologist, or get an mri.

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