Ocular Tumors & Trauma

Ocular Tumors

Young Woman HikingBenign and malignant cancers can sometimes attack the eyes. Left untreated, ocular tumors threaten not only a person’s vision but his or her life as well.

Tumors in the ocular region are rare. There are many different types of benign and malignant tumors that can occur in the orbit. Benign tumors are most common, with cavernous hemangiomas being the most common in this group. Most benign tumors can be observed unless they are threatening vision by compressing the optic nerve.

If vision is threatened, tumors can, in most cases, be carefully removed. Sometimes radiation may need to be performed if the tumor is difficult or dangerous to access. Malignant orbital tumors may need to be treated with surgical excision, radiation, or chemotherapy. Your Orange County Retina specialists will assess the condition of your tumor and make recommendations for treatment. Sometimes a combination of treatments may be necessary in these cases. In cases of benign orbital tumors, regular examinations should be performed to ensure no threat to vision is present.

Ocular Trauma

Eye trauma refers to injury caused by a direct blow to the eye. The trauma may affect not only the eye but the adjacent area, including material and bone structure. There are many different forms of trauma, varying in severity from minor injury to medical emergencies. At Orange County Retina offices we treat a number of eye trauma conditions, of course, if you have an immediate need of treatment with severe injury we encourage you to visit an emergency care facility.

When the eye is hit with blunt force, it suddenly compresses and withdraws. This can cause blood to collect underneath the hit area, which leads to many of the common symptoms of eye trauma.

Symptoms of eye trauma may include:

  • Bruising (black eyes)
  • Retinal detachment
  • Cuts or Scrapes
  • Eye redness
  • Swelling
  • Blurred or cloudy vision
  • Double vision