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Ocular Melanoma: Introduction

Emory Eye Center (EEC) is a nationally-ranked eye institute bringing a wealth of clinical expertise, groundbreaking research, and treatment options to its patients. More than 70,000 people come to Emory Eye Center each year for eye care.

Although eye cancers are considered to be rare, they do occur.  Emory's Ocular Oncology Service, led by Hans Grossniklaus, MD, involves several specialists at the Emory Eye Center.  Chris Bergstrom, MD, evaluates adult tumors that occur inside the eye. G. Baker Hubbard, MD, sees children with cancers inside the eye, mostly a form referred to as Retinoblastom, the most common intraocular tumor in children.  The department chair, Dr. Timothy W. Olsen, has experience with both adults and children. The Ocular Oncology service includes the evaluation of extraocular tumors or orbital tumors (cancers around the eye) and this effort includes our oculoplastic surgeons Ted Wojno, MD, and Brent Hayek, MD.

Being part of a major medical center provides the advantage of collaboration with specialists within the Emory Winship Cancer Institute (EWIC) and the AFLAC Cancer Center at Children’s Hospital of Atlanta. This team approach of Eye Center oncologists with radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and physicists allows state-of-the-art treatment which contributes to the overall success of treatment options.