Skin Cancer Specialist

Tayani Institute

Ophthalmology, Optometry, Plastic Surgery and Dermatology Specialists located in San Clemente, CA, Mission Viejo, CA & Oceanside, CA

Skin cancer is a risky condition in itself, but skin cancer near your eyes is especially tricky to treat. At Tayani Institute in San Clemente, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, Needles, Blythe, Irvine, Oceanside, Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear Lake, and Costa Mesa, California, the expert team of ophthalmologists can delicately treat and remove skin cancer from the skin near your eyes. To learn more about skin cancer and how ophthalmologists can help treat it, call your nearest office or book your appointment online today.

Skin Cancer Q & A

What is skin cancer?

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer and can develop anywhere on your body. It occurs when your skin cells start to grow abnormally and out of control. 

Most often, skin cancer develops as the result of too much sun exposure. The most common places for it are your:

  • Scalp
  • Face
  • Ears
  • Neck
  • Chest
  • Arms

Many spots on your body are harmless moles and blemishes, but there are a few key traits that skin cancer often exhibits. Skin cancer spots can look like abnormally-shaped or colored moles that change in appearance and they can itch or burn. 

How do eye doctors treat skin cancer?

The skin around your eyes, including your eyelids, is delicate and susceptible to sun damage. Because of this, skin cancer often develops on your face and near your eyes. 

Ophthalmologists are trained to remove skin cancer from the fragile skin around your eyes in order to avoid damaging your eyes in the process. 

Tayani Institute offers Mohs surgery to carefully remove cancerous growths from your skin. Mohs surgery is a technique that aims to remove as much of your skin cancer as possible without harming nearby skin and other tissues (like your eye). 

Your doctor begins by numbing the area with a local anesthetic. Then, he or she uses a scalpel to gently tease the cancerous mole or lesion off of your skin’s surface. Afterward, the removed tissue is sent to the lab for testing. 

During this time, you need to stay in the office and relax. If your doctor finds that there is more cancer in the underlying tissue, he or she continues to remove it until the cancer is gone.

How can I prepare for my skin cancer surgery?

There are several ways in which you can prepare for a successful Mohs surgery. Your doctor advises you to:

  • Clear your schedule for the whole day
  • Stop taking medications that could affect the surgery (e.g. blood thinners)
  • Dress comfortably and bring a warm layer
  • Bring a book, magazine, or electronic device to pass the time

At your initial consultation, your ophthalmologist will give you more specific preparation instructions for your case. 

If you notice spots on the skin near your eyes that look unusual, call Tayani Institute or book an appointment online to rule out skin cancer or get a diagnosis and treatment plan.