Duke’s eye cancer specialists use the latest medical and surgical advances to detect and treat all types of eye cancer and noncancerous tumors and growths in and around the eye. Our eye cancer experts work with specialists throughout Duke Health to create a treatment plan that meets your individual needs, improves your health, restores your appearance, and minimizes your vision loss.
Comprehensive Eye Cancer Care
About Eye Cancer
When eye cancer develops in and around the eye, it requires the knowledge and experience of specialists who can treat your cancer and save your life, save the involved eye, and preserve your vision. There are many types of eye cancers, including melanoma of the eye, lymphoma of the eye, and tumors that spread to the eye from other organs. There are also benign eye tumors that grow on the eyelid or within the wall of the eye (choroidal nevi), and abnormal overgrowths of blood vessels surrounding or inside the eye (hemangiomas).
Each condition benefits from the skill of Duke’s eye cancer team, which includes experts in retinal surgery, corneal surgery, oculoplastics-reconstructive surgery, and medical, surgical, and radiation oncology.
Duke Health offers locations throughout the Triangle. Find one near you.
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
A computer-guided imaging device creates a 3-D map of the optic nerve and the macula of the retina. It is used to detect the earliest signs of eye cancer and to monitor for changes or side effects following treatment. It gives a microscopic view of the retina.
After a dye is injected into your arm, a specialized camera is used to captures images that can help identify new or leaking blood vessels in your eye.
Noninvasive sound waves travel through closed eyelids. They bounce off your retina and other parts of your eye to create images that help your doctor determine the size and location of tumors.
Your doctor takes a tissue sample of the suspicious growth inside your eye to determine whether cancer is present. This procedure is performed in the operating room while you are under sedation.
MRI, CT, and PET scans may be performed to determine where metastatic eye tumors originated, or whether your eye cancer has spread to other parts of your body.
Where you receive your care matters. Duke University Hospital is proud of our team and the exceptional care they provide. They are why our ophthalmology program is ranked seventh in the nation and is the highest ranked program in North Carolina, according to U.S. News & World Report for 2020–2021.
Why Choose Duke
High Level of Expertise
As a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, we offer a level of expertise found only in the top cancer centers across the country. We use the most advanced imaging, testing, and biopsy techniques to determine whether you have eye cancer and, if so, its stage. the type, and the best treatment options. We strive to catch your condition early, preserve your vision, maintain your eye’s function, and improve your quality of life.
A Team Approach
Our eye cancer specialists work closely with ocular pathologists, oculoplastic surgeons, and medical and radiation cancer specialists. Offering this team of experts in one convenient location eases your anxiety and stress. We work together to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your needs.
Low Vision Rehabilitation
If you have vision loss related to your eye cancer, we thoroughly evaluate your needs and give you the tools and knowledge to optimize your visual function and maximize your quality of life.
Our eye cancer specialists are involved in research aimed at improving imaging techniques used to detect eye cancers earlier, as well as ways to prevent the complications associated with radiation therapy in ocular melanoma.
A Caring Environment
You will have access to the many support services offered by the Duke Cancer Center to help you and your family understand treatment options, manage the side effects of treatment, and cope with the emotional effects of diagnosis and treatment. Our clinical social worker is available to help you cope with the emotional and psychological stress of vision loss and with other medical or environmental concerns.