A serious form of skin cancer can sometimes present in the eye, Elizabeth Tracey reports


Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer, and it can sometimes be found in the eye. Meghan Berkenstock, an ophthalmologist at Johns Hopkins, says having your eyes examined regularly can help in early detection of this type of cancer.

Berkenstock: Melanoma can present in the eye. We always check the iris especially in people with fairer skin and make sure that there's no suspicious looking freckle s on the iris or even in the retina and if we do find one it requires yearly pictures and checking for any abnormal blood vessels. A s far as secondary malignancy is where we have metastasis to the eye our organ the eye gets the majority of the blood flow of the bodies because of that blood flow we get metastases and so we can see masses in the back of the eye we monitor for that in folks as well.   :30

Berkenstock says there are a number of treatment and management options for melanoma and other cancers in the eye. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.