Uveal melanomas near the optic disc or fovea. Visual results after proton beam irradiation

Ophthalmology. 1987 Apr;94(4):354-61. doi: 10.1016/s0161-6420(87)33439-6.


Proximity to the disc and fovea is a risk factor for visual loss after proton beam irradiation of uveal melanomas. Of 562 eyes treated over a 10-year period with pretreatment visual acuity of 20/200 or better, 363 (64.6%) contained tumors within 2 disc diameters (DD) of the disc or fovea. Rates of visual loss after treatment to worse than 20/200 and causes of visual decline were evaluated using Kaplan-Meier analysis. Cumulative rates of visual loss among subjects with tumors near the disc or fovea were 33 and 47% 1 and 2 years after treatment compared to 17 and 28%, respectively, for subjects with tumors located farther from both structures. The leading cause of visual loss in the first year among eyes with tumors near the disc or fovea was retinal detachment. Controlling for other predictors of visual loss to worse than 20/200, location near the disc or fovea was independently related to visual loss primarily due to retinal detachment, cataract, and radiation retinopathy. Despite the unfavorable location of these tumors, over half of patients with 20/200 or better pretreatment visual acuity had useful vision 2 years after treatment.

MeSH terms

  • Cataract / etiology
  • Fovea Centralis* / pathology
  • Humans
  • Macula Lutea* / pathology
  • Melanoma / pathology
  • Melanoma / radiotherapy*
  • Middle Aged
  • Optic Disk* / pathology
  • Retinal Detachment / etiology
  • Retinal Diseases / etiology
  • Uveal Neoplasms / pathology
  • Uveal Neoplasms / radiotherapy*
  • Visual Acuity* / radiation effects