Ocular Oncology

Ocular oncology is the comprehensive care and treatments for tumours of the eye. Treatments are dependent on the type of cancer and location.

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Ocular oncology involves the study and treatment of tumours occurring in and around the eye. Dr John McKenzie and Dr Daniel McKay are ocular oncologists with extensive training and experience in managing these conditions. They consult at the Ocular Oncology and Pathology Clinic in East Melbourne.

What to expect at your visit

After reviewing your symptoms and background, your Doctor will carefully assess your eyes. This will usually require dilation of the pupils. Additional tests may include painless ultrasound and other advanced imaging of the eye.

Many eye tumours are benign and require no treatment, while others can be quite serious.

Whenever possible, Dr McKenzie and Dr McKay prefer to both personally examine your eyes and discuss your treatment options with you. This provides valuable perspective and reassurance, particularly when considering potentially life-changing diseases and treatments.

Treatments may include eyedrops, laser, radiotherapy or surgery. Surgery is performed at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

Some ocular oncology conditions

Tumours may occur in almost any of the various parts of the eye.

  • Choroid
    • Choroidal naevus
    • Choroidal melanoma
    • Choroidal haemangioma
    • Choroidal metastasis
  • Retina
    • Congenital hypertrophy of the retinal pigment epithelium (CHRPE)
    • Retinoblastoma
    • Von Hippel Lindau disease (retinal capillary haemangioma or haemangioblastoma)
  • Iris
    • Iris cyst
    • Iris naevus
    • Iris melanoma
  • Conjunctiva
    • Pingueculum, pterygium
    • Squamous intraepithelial neoplasia (CCIN, OSSN), Squamous cell carcinoma
    • Conjunctival pigmented lesions
      • “Primary acquired melanosis”
      • Conjunctival melanoma
        • Melanoma in situ
        • Invasive conjunctival melanoma
    • Conjunctival lymphoma



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