Can I Get Melanoma in My Eyes?

The short answer from an dermatologist
A variety of wrap-around sunglasses best for UV ray protection

Q: Can I get melanoma in my eyes?

A: It’s possible, but you can reduce your chances greatly if you take proper measures when out in the sun, says dermatologist Amy Kassouf, MD. The first thing to note is that it doesn’t matter how tinted your sunglasses are if the lenses do not provide UV ray protection.

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“Lenses need to say 100% UV spectrum because the backs of your eyes can actually be damaged,” she says. “You can get melanomas and things in your eyes.”

Dr. Kassouf suggests choosing a pair of sunglasses that wrap around your eye area, as these protect your eyes entirely and the delicate skin around them. Putting on an eye cream or moisturizer around the eyes can help offer extra protection.

“The area around the eyes consists of especially thin skin, which is prone to aging faster than other areas of the skin,” she says. “It’s important to use the right protection to avoid irritation from sunscreen dripping in your eyes, or harsh damage from the sun.

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⁠— Dermatologist Amy Kassouf, MD

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