Ocular Oncology

What Is Ocular Oncology?

Ocular oncology is a small subspecialty of ophthalmology that involves the treatment of cancers and tumors that are located in or around the eye. These conditions have a broad range in regards to their severity, as some may be relatively harmless, while others may pose a risk to a person’s vision. Certain ocular tumors may also be potentially life-threatening.

Treatment options for eye cancers and tumors can include surgical removal, radiation, and chemotherapy.

What Causes Eye Cancer and Tumors?

Cancers and tumors of the eye can appear for any number of reasons, many of which are unknown — especially primary tumors that originate in the eye region. Secondary cancers and tumors refer to growths that have made their way to the eye region as the result of unrelated conditions, such as lymphoma and atypical lymphoid hyperplasia. These growths begin in other areas of the body and then eventually make their way to the eye area.

Types of Surgery and Treatments

Dean McGee Eye Institute offers the following procedures for eye tumors and cancer:


  • Radiation Plaque Therapy (Brachytherapy)
  • External Beam Radiation Therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Eye Cancer Surgery

Dean McGee Ocular Oncologist Is Here to Help

The Dean McGee Eye Institute’s Ocular Oncology department treats both child and adult patients suffering from eye cancers and tumors. Our team is equipped to diagnose and address these complex conditions with the utmost precision in terms of treatment options and surgical procedures.

Trust your ocular oncological needs to a compassionate and caring ophthalmologist with access to the best technology and resources in the state. Dr. Firestone is the only ocular oncologist in Oklahoma. He provides care to patients from neighboring states as well: Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, and portions of Texas. Call 405.271.7825 or 800.787.9012 today to make an appointment and see for yourself why DMEI is the leading provider of eye care in Oklahoma.

Patient Testimonials

“We finally found out exactly what type of tumor was behind my eye, thanks to Dr. Brian Firestone and his group of staff. Treatment will be next month and I couldn’t be any happier to know exactly what’s going on and how they plan on helping. Thank you for the excellent service and welcoming staff!”

Jenna H.