Benign and malignant tumours can grow on the eyelids, conjunctiva, cornea, and the iris. The three most commonly seen ocular surface tumours are Ocular Surface Squamous Neoplasia’s (OSSN), Ocular Melanoma, and Lymphoid tumours. It is important that any abnormal lumps, bumps or pigment changes on the eye are biopsied when required, and closely monitored over time in case of change.
Treatment for any ocular surface tumour is tailored to the patient, and is dependent on the size and nature of the tumour. Surgical excision may be required, with medicated eye drops either a complimentary or stand-alone treatment option.
- Interferon is an eye drop that induces the body’s immune system to attack abnormal cells.
- Mitomycin C is a chemotherapy eye drop often utilised to kill any remaining abnormal cells.