Stand Up to Cancer Day: What It Means For Eyelid Cancer
Eyelid cancer is a type of cancer that affects the eyelids. It is a relatively rare cancer, but it can be serious. This is why Stand Up to Cancer Day is so important. It helps raise awareness of this disease and raises money for research into new treatments.
Anatomy of the Eye and Eyelids
The human eye is a complex organ that lets us see the world around us. It comprises several parts, each of which has a specific function. The eyelids protect the eye and can open and close to allow light to enter the eye.
- Iris: This colored part of the eye controls the amount of light that enters the eye.
- Pupil: The dark part of the eye that appears to get smaller when there is less light and larger when there is more light.
- Lens: The clear part of the eye that helps to focus light on the retina.
The retina is a light-sensitive layer of tissue at the back of the eye that converts light into electrical impulses. These impulses travel to the brain, which interprets them as images.
How Do I Know if I Have Eyelid Cancer?
There are a few signs and symptoms that may indicate that you have eyelid cancer. These include:
- A lump or growth on your eyelid
- Changes in the shape of your eyelids
- A change in the color of your eyelid
- Eyelid inflammation or redness
- Eye pain
- Vision changes
The symptoms listed above should prompt you to see an eye doctor or other medical professional as soon as possible. They can perform a thorough examination and order any necessary tests to rule out cancer or other conditions.
What is Reconstructive Surgery for Eyelid Cancer?
Reconstructive surgery is a type of surgery that helps to improve the function and appearance of the eyelid after cancer surgery. This type of surgery aims to rebuild the eyelid and create a new eyelid that is cosmetically similar to the original. Reconstructive surgery can also help improve the eyelid’s function, such as the ability to blink or close the eye.
Let’s Stand Up to Cancer Together
Examining for eyelid cancer is never too early, but it can always be too late. Feel free to contact our experts at Central Valley Eye Medical Group in California if you suspect you may exhibit some eyelid cancer symptoms. Schedule a consultation by calling 209-952-3700.
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