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Can an ocular melanoma tumor be surgically removed without radiation therapy or removing my eye?

Can an ocular melanoma tumor be surgically removed without radiation therapy or removing my eye?

Ask your specialist: That is a very specific question which can't be answered without a lot of information which we can't share in a forum like this. Seek out an institution and physician team with experience in ocular melanoma. Best wishes! ...Read more

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If you're being treated for glaucoma by ophthalmologist for glaucoma would early cataracts be seen during glaucoma examinations?

If you're being treated for glaucoma by ophthalmologist for glaucoma would early cataracts be seen during glaucoma examinations?

Yes: Glaucoma examinations include a detailed dilated examination of both the anterior and posterior segments of the eye. Cataracts are clouding of the human lens which is located in the anterior segment of the eye and is easily seen with a dilated exam. The impact on vision is determined by history and determining the visual acuity after refraction. ...Read more

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Should someone with starburst (higher order aberrations), get lasik/prk?

Should someone with starburst (higher order aberrations), get lasik/prk?

Starburst: The decision to consider lasik or prk would depend on if the patient is happy with the quality of vision with glasses or contacts. As long as the patient realizes that the laser eye surgery can correct their prescription and not the starbursts, then the surgery can be considered. ...Read more

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Are intraocular lens implants a permanent cure for cataracts and myopia?

Are intraocular lens implants a permanent cure for cataracts and myopia?

Usually: Myopia is usually caused by the eye being longer than average, the cornea being steeper than average, or both. Cataracts develop in everyone eventually. During surgery, the doctor replaces the catarac with an intraocular lens implant. This lens has the capacity to permanently correct myopia (much like a contact lens does), and definitely cures cataracts. ...Read more

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Do narrow angle glaucoma numbers require treatment?

Do narrow angle glaucoma numbers require treatment?

Glaucoma Rx: With narrow angle glaucoma, raised pressure causes decreased visual acuity and sometimes pain and redness. Treatment may consist of a quick laser surgery to allow the pressure to subside. An alternate treatment may be oral medicine or eye drops. Let your eye provider help you decide when to treat. There is no magic number. It is important to keep the pressure within normal to prevent damage. ...Read more

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Do you know are intraocular lens implants to restore good vision a permanent cure for cataracts and myopia?

Do you know are intraocular lens implants to restore good vision a permanent cure for cataracts and myopia?

Cataract Surgery: Cataract surgery has advanced tremendously in the last few decades. Risks still remain but the majority of patients have their cataracts & myopia cured with cataract (or clear lens) extraction & premium intraocular lenses. See for more info: eyedoc2020.blogspot.com: Cataract Surgery Options. ...Read more

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What eye conditions require you to be prescribed sunglasses?

What eye conditions require you to be prescribed sunglasses?

Light sensitivity: Sunglasses protect from bright light. Any eye treatment which dilates the pupil would benefit from sunglasses . Inflamed eyes are also light sensitive, and sunglasses are of benefit also in those conditions. Sunglasses are otherwise good protection against uv light exposure for anyones eyes. ...Read more

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To undergo lasik operation should a person cornea should be 545 microns thickness, yes?

To undergo lasik operation should a person cornea should be 545 microns thickness, yes?

Sort of: It is the combination of the amount of correction needed and the amount of cornea present that determines whether lasik or prk is better. Your surgeon will advise you which is the better procedure for you. Both work. ...Read more

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What risk factors are involved to undergo floater (eye) removal procedure by yag laser? Anything to do with retinal damage?

What risk factors are involved to undergo floater (eye) removal procedure by yag laser? Anything to do with retinal damage?

Floater removal: The use of a yag laser in the vitreous creates a shock wave that can cause a retinal tear or detachment. The yag laser can sometimes break up a large floater into several smaller floaters which may or may not be less bothersome. A floater, in of itself, is annoyance and the risks associated with removal must be weighed against the benefit. Please discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Do myopes need glasses?

Do myopes need glasses?

Depends: Myopes see things blurry at a distance. The degree of blur depends upon how myopic they are. Glasses will clear up the image but are not a medical item. If a myope does not wear glasses, then things at far will be blurry and if that degree of blur does not bother them, they can get by without glasses. High myopes of course need them to see at all .. ...Read more

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Is it possible to change eye colors without contacts or corneal surgery?

Is it possible to change eye colors without contacts or corneal surgery?

Not safely: There is at least one person in another country that I have heard of who puts in iris implants for purely cosmetic reasons, but there a lot of complications associated with this. ...Read more

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To undergo lasik operation, does a person's cornea have to be 545 microns thickness, yes?

Not exactly: 545 microns is about the thickness of the average cornea. Certainly patients with corneas thinner than 545 microns can have lasik depending on their prescriptions and the health of their corneas. ...Read more

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Poked in eye, went to ER (corneal abrasion Dx), saw opto(metrist) who performed retinal scan which normal, see floaters, now seeing flashing lights?

Floaters/flashes: Hi. After blunt trauma with your new symptoms, you need to have a dilated retinal examination looking for possible retinal holes, tears of detachment. Dr. C ...Read more

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Are intraocular lens really effective for high myopia rate patients (-15)? Are there different types of these intraocular lenses for myopia? Risky?

Are intraocular lens really effective for high myopia rate patients (-15)? Are there different types of these intraocular lenses for myopia? Risky?

Yes: Implant choices: Best intraocular (IOL) choice: Depends on if you want good reading, computer, distance vision OR all distances after surgery; if you have astigmatism (may need Toric IOL). If you want good reading, intermediate, distance VA, Multifocal or Crystalens may be option. Full answer: Cataract Surgery Options at eyedoc2020.blogspot.com. ...Read more

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Will lasik eye surgery help serpiginious choroidopathy?

Will lasik eye surgery help serpiginious choroidopathy?

No: No. Lasik is to help with refractive errors, whereas serpiginous chorioretinopathy is treated through medical approaches. ...Read more

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Normal field vision test. Dilated optic discs small w/slight asymmetry. Suspicious oct scan. Eye pressure 27. Family history. Suspect for glaucoma?

Normal field vision test. Dilated optic discs small w/slight asymmetry. Suspicious oct scan. Eye pressure 27. Family history. Suspect for glaucoma?

Yes: It is important that your eye pressure be monitored closely and that the visual fields and oct are tested are a regular basis. I suggest you see an ophthalmologist regularly. There are usually no symptoms of glaucoma that you will experience. ...Read more

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What are the tests for intraocular melanoma?

What are the tests for intraocular melanoma?

Eye exam: An eye examination by an ophthamologist is usually how the diagnosis is made. More detailed examination by a specialist in retinas or ocular oncology may follow. A biopsy can be done by the specialist. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for intraocular melanoma?

What is the treatment for intraocular melanoma?

Radiation or surgery: If the tumor has not spread, most people are treated with surgery or localized radiation. The decision on which treatment is generally made by a specialist in the area. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for melanoma?

Who is at risk for melanoma?

White people in sun: Sun damage can lead to melanoma and people with fair skin sustain more injury from the sun more rapidly than their darker skinned counterparts. Sun protection from a young age is very important. You can read more at www.Melanomafoundation.Org. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose melanoma?

How do you diagnose melanoma?

Biopsy: Any suspicious looking skin lesion, esp if it grows fast or changes in color or starts bleeing, needs to be biopsied. It will reveal melanoma if present. ...Read more

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How do I know I have melanoma?

Get checked!: Any suspicious lesion should be evaluated by a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist. A biopsy will give you a definitive answer regarding if it is a skin cancer, a pre-malignant lesion, or a benign lesion. ...Read more

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How does a person get melanoma?

How does a person get melanoma?

Sun exposure: The most important cause of melanoma is uv light exposure, whether from the sun or from indoor tanning beds. Uv light exposure is associated with 65% of all melanoma. However, a combination of uv light exposure, environment, and genetics are probably linked in many cases. Hereditary melanoma occurs in less than 10% of patients. ...Read more

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Do I have melanoma, please help?

Do I have melanoma, please help?

Go see your doctor: Tell us what you ahve..Is it a mole or something else that concerns you. ...Read more

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What should I know about melanoma?

What should I know about melanoma?

Malignant Melanoma: Aad malignant melanoma screening: asymmetry: 1 half is unlike the other. Border: irregular, scalloped or poorly defined. Color: varied with shades of tan, brown or black; or white, red or blue. Diameter: > 6 mm. Evolving: mole /skin lesion looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color. An irregular mole that itches, bleeds or is painful is worrisome for possible cancer. ...Read more

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How fast is the growth of melanoma?

Depends: Most melanomas are fairly slow growing, but if they metastasize or spread they can seem to "accelerate" and grow quite quickly. It is rare for a primary site melanoma to grow quickly, although I have seen it a few times. ...Read more

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What to do when you have a melanoma?

Dermatologist: See a dermatologist or plastic surgeon for biopsy to use for staging to determine surgical treatment. ...Read more

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How much is melanoma testing generally?

Depends on test: A general physical examination may the only thing needed, if no suspicious lesions are noted and the cost would be of a visit. If a suspicious lesion is noted and needs biopsy then the costs include the cost of surgical procedure and diagnostic work up by pathology. ...Read more

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What are some of the tests for Melanoma?

What are some of the tests for Melanoma?

BIOPSY: The mainstay is the biopsy. Additional testing is done as indicated following the results. ...Read more

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Should i be nervous about having melanoma?

Should i be nervous about having melanoma?

It depends on your s: Why do you ask this? Are you worried that you may be at risk for developing melanoma or do you already have a melanoma? The answers will depend on what is your actual situation. If you already have melanoma you need to seek answers from your doctor or ask us what you want to know but be precise in your questions. ...Read more

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Asymmetric and 6 mm diameter, is it melanoma?

Asymmetric and 6 mm diameter, is it melanoma?

ABCD's: Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with asymmetry boarders that are irregular color differences within the same mole diameter greater than 6mm also any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body. ...Read more

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What happens in the body when you have melanoma?

Nothing if caught: Melanoma can be cured with excision if it is found and removed early. If it spreads (metastasis) it can travel to lymph nodes or just about anywhere else in the body (lungs, brain, bones, etc). Once it has spread, it is much more difficult to treat and cure. ...Read more

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What percentage of melanomas are less than 6 mm?

Most of the melanoma: are small 5 mm to 20 mm . Critical prognostic point is not the size the depth or thickness determines the prognosis . 5 mm nodular melanoma that penetrated all the layers of skin is more dangerous than 50 mm superficial spreading melanoma , ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of melanoma if it has spread?

Many disguises: I have seen melanoma spread nearly everywhere you can imagine, and the site of metastasis dictates the symptoms that may occur. Common sites include lymph nodes, lung, liver, bone, and small intestine. Lymph nodes: a lump in the underarm, neck, or groin. Lung: cough, shortness of breath or bloody sputum. Liver: jaundice or pain. Bone: pain or fracture. Small intestine: bloody bm, blockage. ...Read more

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