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Cryotherapy

Small tumours that are located at the front of the eye can be treated by a freezing treatment known as cryotherapy.

An instrument called a cryoprobe is placed on the outer surface (the sclera) of the eye, at a position overlying the base of the tumour. The tumour cells are killed by being frozen.

This treatment is carried out under a general anaesthetic and more than one treatment may be needed.  If this is the case they are usually at monthly intervals.

The eyelids tend to look slightly puffy and the eye may be a bit sore for a day or two after cryotherapy.

The child will need to have eye drops or ointment for a few days following this treatment.

See the menu on the left for further treatment options.