University of Iowa Health Care

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Iris Melanoma

First seen at age 27 with a mass in the right eye that was first noted by the patient eight years ago. She was followed with standardized echography and clinical evaluation and after seven years was shown to have progressive growth. A fine needle aspiration biopsy showed a melanoma with spindle and epitheliod cells and so she underwent an iridocyclectomy. The margins of the wound were free of tumor and she has been followed for 14 years without recurrence. In the 13th post-operative year she developed a cataract that was removed with placement of a lens with an artificial iris.