Brain Tumours in an Eye Exam - Common Signs & Symptoms

Despite being widely considered rare, brain tumours are responsible for more deaths of children and younger people than any other type of cancer. Nearly 12,000 people in the UK will be diagnosed with a brain tumour each year, that’s 31 per day. Approximately 30% of people with brain tumours report visual disturbances. These visual disturbances may be blurry vision, double vision or other changes to their ocular appearance (ptosis, anisocoria.) Some people will be asymptomatic of a brain tumour and will present for a routine eye examination either because of a reminder, or because they may have broken their glasses.

This article is part 1 of a two part series by the Brain Tumour Charity discussing the top 10 signs and symptoms of a brain tumour that could be detected in an eye examination. This article will cover the relevant history & symptoms required for appropriate differential diagnosis of neurological conditions, such as brain tumours. Common visual disturbances that are experienced by patients with a brain tumour will be discussed, along with external signs and internal signs.

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