Conjunctival melanoma in the eye
Ocular melanoma includes melanomas involving
- The surface of the eye known as conjunctival melanoma
- Inside the eye known as uveal melanomas
- Extremely rarely behind the eye known as orbital melanomas
Conjunctival melanoma are usually pigmented and raised. They may involve any area of the conjunctiva including the bulbar conjunctiva, plica and caruncle (areas covering the surface of the eye itself), where they are more easily noticeable or involve areas such as fornix and tarsal conjunctiva, which are hidden behind the eyelid and may not be easily noticeable.
Conjunctival melanoma is very rare, representing only 1–2% of all ocular melanomas though its incidence is rising.
Please note that there are other types of cancers such as squamous cell carcinoma, sebaceous gland carcinoma which can involve the conjunctiva.