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Freckle In Iris
I have green eyes and two very light brown tiny dots, almost look like freckles in the iris. Is this common? What are they?
A freckle is a small brown spot on your skin, caused by sun exposure. Use your abcde's to tell the difference between a freckle and skin cancer. A=asymmetry. B=border [irregular]. C=color [irregular]. D=diameter [larger than a pencil eraser]. E=evolving [change in color, size, height, new symptoms like bleeding, itching or crusting]. These are danger signs that ...Read more
3 weeks boy. White-blond hair. Pupils seem to be black, but has greyish ring in iris. Fluorescent light reflects off eyes. Has brown freckle. Albinism?
Oculocutaneous: Albinism is a group of 4 conditions, each caused by a specific gene mutation inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern. When both parents carry the gene mutation, each of their children has a 25% chance of having oca. See his pediatrician ; a pediatric ophthalmologist for diagnosis ; referral to a geneticist if he has it. Lack of melanin in the retina causes vision problems, so you need to know. ...Read more
Choriodal Nevi: This means freckle in eye. Most of them are benign, but you want to follow the recommendation of an ophthalmologist as sometimes people can have choroidal melanoma - a tumor in the eye. Typically photographs can be taken to monitor for changes and if so then sometimes a biopsy is needed. Please see your ophthalmologist if you have not done so. Good luck. ...Read more
Where is the freckle: Yes and no. It depends on its location. If the freckle is on the retina then it is the purvey of a retinal specialist. If it is on the iris then an anterior segment surgeon can remove the freckle. If it is on the eye lid, conjunctiva or other surface locations that too can be removed. The important question is why? Has the freckle changed? Is there concern for malignancy? Or is it cosmetic? ...Read more
Yes, not uncommon: What you describe is a melanocytic nevus. A nevus is another name for a mole and they can also occur in the eye. In fact they can occur anywhere where pigment is present (skin, eye, inner ear, meninges, bone & heart). So it is not uncommon to have a mole in the eye. As with a skin mole, it should be checked. See an ophthalmologist periodically to ensure that it is benign & not changing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not likely to fade.: So would be permanent.Get a more detailed answer ›
Eye freckles: Eye freckles, or pigment spots, can occur on the white of the eye (especially in people who have more darkly pigmented skin) or actually inside the eye. This most commonly occurs on the iris, or colored part of the eye, but can also occur under the retina in the back of the eye. ...Read more
Slit lamp: A slit lamp bio-microscope is used to closely examine the surfaces of the eye. Using additional hand held lenses and lights, an ophthalmologist can look inside the eye as well. ...Read more
Unlikely: It is unlikely that you would feel a lesion inside the eye. Typically, the only way to determine if there is a choroidal nevus is to have an examination by an ophthalmologist or other skilled eye care physician. ...Read more
Many do: I suppose you mean you were told by an ophthalmologist that you a freckle behind your left eye. The doctor probably saw a mole in the choroidal tissue under the retina. Many people have these. They are just like moles elsewhere. Majority do not change. Only a very few may enlarge and cause trouble. Check it yearly. ...Read more
I have what looks to be a red freckle under my eye. It's been there my whole life. Is it really a freckle or could it be something else?
Angioma: This is almost certainly a microcollection of a looped vascular tuft just under the skin. Under high power the vessels would show up but in ordinary observation it just looks like a red bump. These are benign, will cause no health or visual changes and are best ignored. ...Read more
I have a little light brown patch on the white of my eye touching the coloured bit, what is this? (I'm white but have a number of freckles/moles)
A spot in the white of my eye, looks like a freckle. Eye doc said no need to remove it. What is it anyway, and why did it develop? Had it for 10 years
Nevus: You have a small pigmented nevus on the white of the eye. This is just pigment cells that have normally divided and done this enough so that you can see it in the mirror. These are invariably benign, no need to remove it is true, but they can be removed as a cosmetic issue usually in an ophthalmologist's office. These rarely ever become a real problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer