According to Cancer.org, in 2015 alone upwards of 270 people have died from eye cancer related issues and illness. Detecting eye cancer prior to it becoming a life threatening issue is of the utmost importance and critical to surviving the entire ordeal.
Common Symptoms and Warning Signs of Eye Cancer
The most common symptom that one will experience should they have early stage eye cancer is that of extremely blurred vision. Although many of us experience blurry vision at some point in our lives, blurred vision from eye cancer is chronic and never-ceasing. Patients with eye cancer will also notice a swelling and redness around the eye that seems to occur almost daily with pain and sensitivity in the area.
The pain and blurriness is often accompanied by another symptom which we refer to as ‘floaters’. Floaters are small pieces of ‘floating’ material that move within the eye as you scan your surroundings. Individuals will notice these as small dark objects that seem to always move without being able to focus in on one. Once this symptom becomes chronic, patients will also begin to lose their ability to see objects out of their peripheral vision. This means that the only objects you are able to focus in on are the ones that are dead-center within your field of vision.
It should also be noted that eye cancer symptoms differ greatly from young children and adults suffering with this issue. The most telling symptom that you will notice if your child has eye cancer is that of a white colored pupil. The technical term for this symptom is referred to as a Leukocoria and is easily noticeable when shining a light on the child’s eyes. This can also be paired with another symptom commonly referred to as Strabismus, or eyes that cross one another. If your child has one, or perhaps even both of these symptoms, you need to contact a medical professional immediately.
Although a cure for eye cancer is not in the realm of reality, early detection is your best tool towards fighting back. According to recent statistics, early stage eye cancer detection has an 80% survivability rate with most patients making a 100 percent recovery.
However, the survival rate for the individuals who find out later in their cancer battle have a mere 15% chance of recovery. These statistics make it abundantly clear that regular checkups and physician consultation is a must!Vegetables rich in Vitamin A, such as carrots, can improve the health and overall quality of eyesight in patients. Combining these nutrient dense foods will allow you to decrease your risk of eye cancer as you age.