A 33-year-old female asked:
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what does it mean to have a brown spot on the white part of your eye?

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Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
26 years experience Ophthalmology
Can be normal: Darker-skinned people often have areas of pigmentation on their conjunctiva (clear vascular layer over the white). This is normal. You may also have a benign area of degeneration called a pinguecula, which can be caused by sun, dust, and wind. Malignant brown spots on the white of the eye are rare and are usually found in patients much older than you, but if in doubt, get it checked out.
Answered on Mar 4, 2019
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Dr. Charles Titone
37 years experience Ophthalmology
Conjuctival pigment: Pigmentation of the conjuctiva (layer over the white part of eye) is common and usually benign. If it occurs rapidly you should have an eye exam. The risk of malignacy is higher in litghter skinned individuals.
Answered on Mar 4, 2019
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