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Ocular and orbital oncology is a specialized field of medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of tumors that develop in or around the eye and its supporting structures. These tumors can be benign or malignant, affecting various parts of the eye, such as the retina, choroid, iris, and optic nerve, as well as the surrounding orbital tissues.

At UCI Health’s Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, we take a multidisciplinary approach to ocular and orbital oncology. Our team of experts includes our ocular oncologist specialist, Kapil Mishra, whom works collaboratively with UCI Health’s multi-disciplinary team that includes our cornea and oculoplastic specialists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, and geneticists to provide complete and personalized care for patients facing ocular oncological conditions. Our approach encompasses:

  • Advanced Diagnostic Techniques: We utilize state-of-the-art imaging technologies, including ultrasound, optical coherence tomography (OCT), MRI, and CT scans, to accurately diagnose ocular and orbital tumors. Precise diagnosis is the first step toward effective treatment.
  • Comprehensive Treatment Options: Our experienced team offers a wide range of treatment options, which may include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. The choice of treatment depends on the type, size, location, and stage of the tumor, as well as the patient's overall health.
  • Minimally Invasive Procedures: We are at the forefront of minimally invasive surgical techniques for ocular and orbital tumors. These procedures often result in faster recovery times, fewer complications, and improved cosmetic outcomes.
  • Uveal Melanoma: A cancer that develops in the pigmented layer of the eye (uvea) and requires specialized care.
  • Conjunctival Tumors: Abnormal growths on the conjunctiva, which is the clear membrane covering the white part of the eye.
  • Orbital Lymphoma: Non-Hodgkin lymphomas that affect the orbit and may cause proptosis (bulging of the eye).
  • Eyelid Tumors: Growths on the eyelids, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and sebaceous gland carcinoma.

Effective treatment depends on the type, size, and location of the tumor. This section outlines the various treatment options available:

  • Surgical Interventions: Our skilled surgeons perform delicate procedures to remove tumors while preserving vision and cosmetic appearance.
  • Radiation Therapy: We offer various radiation therapy options, including brachytherapy and external beam radiation, for localized treatment of ocular and orbital tumors.
  • Chemotherapy: When indicated, chemotherapy may be used to treat systemic or advanced cases of ocular and orbital cancers.
  • Orbital Exenteration: In advanced cases, removal of the eye may be necessary.

Our experienced team of specialists customizes treatment plans, taking into account each patient's unique circumstances and preferences. We prioritize preserving vision and maximizing quality of life.

Ocular and orbital tumors demand specialized care and a multidisciplinary approach. At UCI Health’s Gavin Herbert Eye Institute our dedicated team of experts is committed to providing you with the highest quality care, advanced treatments, and compassionate support throughout your journey. We are here to guide you towards a brighter, healthier future.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today. Your vision and well-being are our top priorities.

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