For many decades the preferred treatment for tumors of the interior of the eye has been enucleation. Recently methods of treatment have aimed at destruction of tumors with preservation of the function of the affected organ. This includes especially partial resection, ionizing radiations, and agents which arrest growth.
Schubert in 19251 first removed a choroidal tumor through the sclera with retention of the globe. Weve in 19352 proposed diathermy coagulation of a choroidal melanoblastoma. Safar in 19353,4 reported his special experience with diathermy coagulation of iris and ciliary body tumors. Bangerter in 19545 and Friede in 19566,7 recommended partial resection of the iris and ciliary body for tumors of these tissues. H. K. Müller in 1959,8 Flieringa in 1961,9 and Stallard in 196410 similarly described surgical methods for the removal of iris and ciliary body tumors. Indications for the resection of the