Iris melanoma: a discrete, dark lumpy mass emerges from the iris.
Ciliary body melanoma: appears as a dark mass in the eye that distorts the pupil and protrudes through it.
Choroidal melanoma: affects the choroids and the retina. Initially no visual abnormalities or inflammations are observed. At a later stage, the patient may experience complications such as blindness, glaucoma, retinal detachment.
For melanoma's in the vicinty of the eye, sometimes local invasion of the cornea may be present, as well as increased tear flow and mild mucous membrane irritation. These injuries have so far been described as benign, but prompt medical intervention is always advisable.
Melanoma's near the eye are mostly found in female dogs 5-6 years of age.
Melanoma's near the eye are mostly seen in German Shepherds.