Eye Lymphoma: Signs, Symptoms & Treatment

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Eye lymphoma (intraocular lymphoma) is identified through certain signs and symptoms however; tests are needed to confirm the diagnosis. With this, it’s important noting that not every positive diagnosis requires eye surgery in Abu Dhabi unless suggested by the primary doctor. Find out more below;

Indications of eye lymphoma

Possible signs and symptoms of eye lymphomas include;

  • Blurred or imminent loss of vision
  • Floaters (spots or scribbles in and around the field of vision)
  • Swelling or redness in the eye
  • Sensitivity to brightness and light
  • Pain in the eye however, uncommon

Intraocular lymphoma affects both eyes in common however; symptoms may change or heightened in one eye as compared to other that might lead to eye surgery in Abu Dhabi. Whereas most of the symptoms are likely to be cause by various less serious conditions. For instance, occurrence of floaters is a normal part of ageing but, still if having any of these symptoms, imminent doctor’s consultancy is necessary for timely diagnosis and treatment.

Eye exam

Doctor is likely to query on any persisting symptoms that a patient may be having as well as closely monitor vision and movement of the eye. During the assessment, doctor would use an ophthalmoscope (eye monitoring instrument with a light and magnifying lens) to have a good and closer look inside the eye. Lymphoma can be detected through presence of vitreous (jelly-like substance clouding inside of the eye).

Imaging tests

Many imaging tests are performed using sound waves, magnets or X-rays to create pictures of the inside of the body. Same goes for the eye as these techniques returns internal images of the eye thereby detecting lymphoma or any other disease.

  • Ultrasound

Ultrasound is performed mostly to determine size, shape and location of the tumour (mass), especially if rear side of the eye is obscured during the assessment.

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scan

Here, an MRI of the head is performed for a close and better view of the eye as well as to detect presence of lymphoma in the brain. MRI also helps in detecting possibility of meninges
(thin tissue layer that covers the brain and spinal cord)
which are the common areas prone to spreading of the cancer.

  • Computerised Tomography (CT) Scan

CT-Scans are performed however fewer as compared to MRI because they don’t return detailed result. In short, the data is sometimes insufficient to confirm diagnosis of eye lymphoma.

  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scan

After positive diagnosis of the lymphoma, PET Scan further allow doctors to get a better idea whether it’s spreading to the lymph nodes or other parts of the body. PET scan is helpful in detecting various cancers and their tendency to spread internally. Eye surgery in Abu Dhabi may be performed after this test.

In order to carry out the test, a form of radioactive sugar known as fluorodeoxyglucose or FDG is injected in a vein. Do note the amount of radioactivity is extremely low and is released from the body within 24 hours.


Eye surgery in Abu Dhabi for intraocular lymphoma is performed if the disease poses certain danger to other parts of the body as well.

This article is written on the behalf of Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai.


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