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A 33-year-old female asked:

What does it mean to have a brown spot on the white part of your eye?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
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.
Dr. Charles Titone
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
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.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Dark spot in white part of eye..Does it go ?

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Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Depends: A red blood spot will normally clear in days to a week. A darker pigmented spot is similar to a freckle and will stay. One can also get other spots like nevi (moles) or even cancers. Go see your eye md and have it looked at.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What does a brown spot on my white part of the eye mean?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Brown eyespots: Most spots on the whites of the eyes are due to pigmentary cells from embryonic development which produce such spots. These are common, have a much higher incidence in darker pigmented races, and are mostly benign. Rarely a spot might be a melanoma - watch for growth, discomfort and redness as clues to this.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What does a white spot mean in your eye?

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Dr. Thomas Wolf
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Pinguecula?: Actinic damage can manifest as small yellow-white "bumps", usually @ the 3:00 ; 9:00 position along the surface of the conjunctiva in the horizontal interlid area. These are benign . Tears ; uv blocking lenses are appropriate.
A member asked:

White cloudy spot on colored part of eye?

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Dr. Jay Bradley
Cornea, Cataract, & Refractive (LASIK & PRK) Surgery 19 years experience
White spot: Based on the description, it sounds like you are having an issue in your cornea. This can be a sign of something serious so you need to see an eye doctor as soon as possible.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What it mean when the white part of your eye swells over the colored part?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Thomas Wolf
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Allergic reaction: Most likely problem for sudden painless swelling of conjunctiva with itching is an immediate allergic hypersensitivity reaction. Can be rx'd with otc zaditor (ketotifen) for eye allergy. If sx's persist or if visual loss or pain, you should seek out urgent eye care physician to assess.
Last updated Mar 4, 2019
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