Skin Cancers

Eyelid skin cancers, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma, respond well to surgery and follow-up care when diagnosed and treated early. Watch for these early warning signs and contact an ophthalmologist if you experience any of these symptoms:

UV exposure can also cause damage inside the eye. For more information, read “Protecting Your Eyes:  Everyday Steps to Sun Safety” and "Are my eyes at risk for sun damage?" by Dr. Rene S. Rodriguez-Sains of Marshall Eye Surgeons.   

Tumors of the Eye

Tumors of the eyelid may be benign cysts, inflammation or malignant skin cancers. The most common type of eyelid cancer is basal cell carcinoma. Most basal cell carcinomas can be removed with surgery. If left untreated, these tumors can grow around the eye and into the orbit, sinuses and brain. A simple biopsy can determine if an eyelid tumor is malignant. Malignant tumors are completely removed and the eyelid is repaired using plastic surgery techniques.