Most frequent uveal tumors are “ocular melanoma,” “uveal melanoma,” or “choroidal melanoma” are often used interchangeably. The terms describe melanomas, which arise from the eye, and can occur in the iris, ciliary body and/or choroidal regions of the eye. Melanomas are cancers that arise from specific types of pigmented (colored) cells in the body. Melanomas of the eye are rare.

There are three main areas in the eye where melanomas arise:

  • the iris
  • the ciliary body
  • the choroid

Together, these three regions of the eye are called the “uvea.” The choroid is the layer in which most eye melanomas arise. The choroid sits between the retina (nerve layer that is light sensitive in the back of the eye) and the sclera (white outer layer of the eye).

Lecture for General Medicine and Stomatology students not only about melanoma, but also other types of uveal tumors.


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