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Periocular & Ocular Malignancy


Periocular & Ocular Malignancy
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Fairfield, CT

Periocular & Ocular malignancy is skin cancer in the area around your eyes. At Northeast Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, ophthalmologist Larissa Habib, MD, specializes in complex eye diseases of all types, particularly the specific needs of people with eye cancer. She also can treat squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma on the surface of the eye.

A periocular malignancy can cause changes around your eye, such as:

Depending on where your malignant growth occurs, you may also have other issues like recurrent eyelid infections, eyelid swelling, and eyelashes falling out.
Periocular & Ocular malignancies are very treatable, with help from Dr. Habib. She can expertly remove dangerous growths and restore your eye area to its full function and appearance. Call Northeast Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons or click on the appointment scheduler to arrange your visit now.

Periocular & Ocular Malignancy Q & A

What is periocular malignancy?

A periocular and ocular malignancy is a cancerous (malignant) growth that occurs anywhere within the orbit (the eye socket).

The most common types of periocular skin cancers are basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas. Both are slow-growing but can be dangerous if untreated. Melanoma is a rare type of periocular malignancy. It can grow rapidly and is the most dangerous form of skin cancer.
You can also develop noncancerous (benign) tumors in the periocular area. While benign tumors aren’t cancerous, they may require treatment for either cosmetic or medical reasons.

When should I seek help for a periocular and ocular malignancy?

To be on the safe side and protect your eye health, it’s always best to come into Northeast Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons for an evaluation if you notice changes around your eye. Early detection of periocular malignancies gives you the highest chance of a cure.

How is a periocular and ocular treated?

Dr. Habib will discuss the best options for treatment if you are diagnosed with periocular malignancy.
These include surgical removal, radiation, topical or systemic chemotherapy, or immunotherapy.
Depending on the tumor type and location, Dr. Habib may surgically remove the cancer or she may recommend working together with a Mohs surgeon to excise the tumor.
Dr. Habib skillfully reconstructs the treatment area to ensure that your eyelids and the surrounding skin still function properly and look normal. Reconstruction techniques can vary with the amount of skin removed. If necessary, Dr. Habib can perform skin grafting to restore your eye health, appearance, and function.
After skin cancer removal, it’s extremely important to avoid the main factor in most skin cancers: sun exposure. Dr. Habib can recommend the best ways to protect your skin and minimize your risk of cancer recurrence.

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