Eyelid Skin Cancer Specialist

Mark A. Baskin, MD, FACS

Ophthalmologist located in Los Angeles, Encino, CA

Eyelid Skin Cancer can be challenging for Encino, CA residents. Dr. Mark Baskin is a local ophthalmologist who has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of cancers related to the eye.

Eyelid Skin Cancer Q & A

How Common is Eyelid Skin Cancer?

Non-melanoma skin cancers are commonly seen in the eyelid area. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, eyelid skin cancer makes up between five and ten percent of all skin cancer today. The vast majority of these eyelid skin cancers are either basal cell or squamous cell carcinomas.

What Are The Symptoms Of Eyelid Skin Cancer?

Symptoms can vary based on the type of cancer. In the majority of cases, patients will notice lesions on or around the eyelids. These lesions are typically not painful, but they will stubbornly remain even after attempted treatment with topical ointments. Non-cancerous skin lesions will typically go away on their own. Eyelid skin cancer lesions often increase in size or change color and shape. In some cases, they may rupture, bleed or discharge pus.

How is Eyelid Skin Cancer Diagnosed?

The ophthalmologist will typically examine the eyelids in great detail to make a diagnosis. This examination is done under very high magnification with a bright light source using a tool called a slit lamp microscope. During this exam, the doctor will take a very small skin sample from the lesion so a biopsy can be performed. A definitive diagnosis can be made only after the biopsy is done.

How Is Eyelid Skin Cancer Treated?

Since each patient is unique, each treatment plan can be similarly unique. In most cases, the lesion needs to be removed to ensure that the skin cancer is eliminated. This may involve surgical excision. After surgical excision, it is necessary to reconstruct the eyelid for both cosmetic and functional reasons.

How Can Eyelid Skin Cancer Be Prevented?

Eyelid skin cancer can be prevented by avoiding overexposure to the sun as much as possible. When outdoors, always wear sunglasses, even if it is overcast. Always be very aware of general eye health and report any changes or suspicious eyelid growths to your ophthalmologist immediately. The sooner treatment starts, the better able you'll be to recover.

Accepted Insurance Providers

Our practice accepts most major insurance plans and most of the smaller insurance plans. If we do not participate with your insurance, and your plan allows out of network benefits, our office staff will assist you with the necessary paperwork so you can receive reimbursement directly from your insurance company. If you do not see your insurance listed below, please call the office to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members about your individual coverage.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program
Citizens Choice Healthplan
Health Net
L.A. Care Health Plan
Motion Picture Industry Health Plan
Oscar Health Insurance Co.
Providence Health Plans
SCAN Health Plan