Conjunctival tumours 06/04/2013
These are tumours that appear on the conjunctiva, which is the mucous membrane covering the inside of the eyelids and extending to the back of the eyeball. These tumours can be benign or malignant and, in some cases, may endanger the patient's sight or life, so they must be treated appropriately. Sun and tobacco are two of the main risk factors for tumours to appear.
Conjunctival tumours can be noted by a change in colour or texture in a specific zone or by areas of bumps or lesions on the conjunctiva. Most are asymptomatic although, in some cases, they can increase in size and cause ocular irritation and discomfort.
Although most conjunctival tumours are benign, some may be premalignant lesions (precursors of a malignant tumour); that's why regular ophthalmological check-ups are the best measure to detect such tumours early on.
The treatment for conjunctival tumours varies greatly depending on their type, location and size and there are many different options for each case. It is important to consult an ophthalmologist.
Dr. Paula Verdaguer, M.D. PhD
COMB license number: 40.737
Specialising in cornea, refractive surgery and cataracts