Ocular melanoma, or melanoma in the eye, is an aggressive form of melanoma and is the most common form of eye cancer in adults. It is diagnosed in approximately 2,000 Americans each year and about half of OM patients will have their cancer spread to other parts of the body. Thoroughly examining the eye during a routine dilated eye exam is the only way to diagnose ocular melanoma. Diagnosing melanoma in the eye at its earliest stage is important for a good prognosis, or outcome. 

Did you know that the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends a dilated eye exam at age 40? This exam allows the ophthalmologist to determine a baseline for your eye health and then make a prescription for continued follow-up.

The MRF encourages you to commit to scheduling a dilated eye exam, especially if you are 40 or over and you've never had one. Pledge to schedule your dilated eye exam and to encourage those you love to do the same! Show your committment to diagnosing ocular melanoma early and spreading awareness of the dangers of ocular melanoma. 

The MRF's CURE OM initiative, which launched in 2011, works across the spectrum of melanoma and has a variety of programs in research, education and advocacy.

To learn more about the CURE OM initiative or to get involved, email cureom@melanoma.org