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What are white spots on the iris indicative of?

Need more info: White spots on the iris are rare. Could you possibly be referring to white spots on the conjunctiva? Need to see it to diagnose. ...Read more

Iris (Definition)

The iris is a structure within the eye that helps reduce the amount of light that reaches the retina. The iris is known as the colored part of the eye, and can be blue, brown, or any color or combination of colors in between. The iris is the portion of the eye that ...Read more


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A friend of mine In Sri Lanka has white spots in the iris of both eyes. The eyes hurt sometimes. What can it be?

A friend of mine In Sri Lanka has white spots in the iris of both eyes. The eyes hurt sometimes. What can it be?

Brushfield spots: The iris in some individuals can manifest white spots where the pigment is less concentrated. These are from birth and have no effect on the vision or health of the eyes. Look else where for a cause of the pain. ...Read more

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I have a brown spot on my iris and a mole that has 2 white spots on the back of my eye what does this mean?

I have a brown spot on my iris and a mole that has 2 white spots on the back of my eye what does this mean?

Mole of eye: This question needs to be discussed with an ophthalmologist. Do you have photos of your retina? ...Read more

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Irritated and red eye on right side of iris to the corner, contact wearer, feels scratchy. No white spots or any ulcer. Worse with contact out?

Irritated and red eye on right side of iris to the corner, contact wearer, feels scratchy. No white spots or any ulcer. Worse with contact out?

Dryness is possible: A common cause of redness and irritation with contacts is dryness. Other issues are contact lens overwear and improper management. Are you removing the lens each night? Are you rinsing it well after cleaning before insertion? Check with the initial fitter of the lens to see if some changes need be made. ...Read more

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What's the white spots/patches that starts around my babys eye and now spreading on her cheek and forehead?

What's the white spots/patches that starts around my babys eye and now spreading on her cheek and forehead?

Milia: Milia or neonatal acne is very common. I attached a picture of what it can look like. Goes away on its in a few weeks. Not to worry. Enjoy your newborn. Hope this was helpful. Best of luck. Dr. R ...Read more

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My eye itches and swells up, then white spots appear on the part of my eye above the eyelashes. What is happening?

My eye itches and swells up, then white spots appear on the part of my eye above the eyelashes. What is happening?

Eye itching: Eye itching & swelling which white spots above eyelashes: usually due to demodex or staphlococcus blepharitis. Consult with us to get Rx to help you get better faster. ...Read more

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I have blurred vision in one eye and seeing white spots in both what could it be?

I have blurred vision in one eye and seeing white spots in both what could it be?

Ophthalmologist: Anytime there is a change in visual acuity such as blurring or spots (deficits), an ophthalmologist needs to be seen as soon as possible to treat any reversible conditions. ...Read more

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I have three small, white spots in my tear duct and my eye is super itchy and watery. What could this be and how can I fix it?

I have three small, white spots in my tear duct and my eye is super itchy and watery. What could this be and how can I fix it?

Tear duct: You MUST see an Eye specialist!.
I have been seeing eye doctors since age 6 (now age 72) and you will have no problem when the doctor prescribes your eye medicine and possibly eye glasses. ...Read more

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I have a sore eye which is red and inflamed. There is afew white spots below my eye?

I have a sore eye which is red and inflamed. There is afew white spots below my eye?

Red eye: Please consult with me if you can: need to know if you are light sensitive, pain with eye movement which are signs of more significant, potentially blinding issue. ...Read more

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I had what i though was a stye on my eye but now it has a couple white spots under the lid and a hard lump, could it be a chalazia?

I had what i though was a stye on my eye but now it has a couple white spots under the lid and a hard lump, could it be a chalazia?

Possible: Try treating it with warm compresses 3-4 times per day. If it does not clear up in 2 weeks, make an appointment with an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Red eyelids with very small white spots?

Red eyelids with very small white spots?

Blepharitis: It sounds like you have posterior blepharitis that produce the red eyelid margins and whitish oil gland orifices (inspissation) results in irritation & soreness. Very warm compresses x 10' 2-4 times/day, eyelid massages with diluted baby shampoo, artificial tears, fish/flaxseed oil are the usual initial treatment. If more care is needed see eye md for more aggressive help. ...Read more

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My mother had results of an MRI after she had lost some vision in her right eye, results also showed 12 white spots/fluid on the surface of her brain?

My mother had results of an MRI after she had lost some vision in her right eye, results also showed 12 white spots/fluid on the surface of her brain?

Consider this: Depending on age and medical condition, she may have suffered blood vessel obstruction of retinal artery, and may well possess significant risk for future additional strokes. Need to evaluate risk factors, and use proactive interventions. Consider usage of an antiplatelet agent, such as clopidigrel, or aggrenox. Check heart and peripheral vasculature. ...Read more

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Doctor queried Down syndrome in my baby(72 hrs old). Echo test is ok, no short hand, no groove between toes, no white spots in eye, mother age 20, ears ok?

Doctor queried Down syndrome in my baby(72 hrs old). Echo test is ok, no short hand, no groove between toes, no white spots in eye, mother age 20, ears ok?

Any age mom: Ds can occur at ang maternal age but numbers climb a lot for older moms. If doc suspects some unusual issue it is best that s/he be up front about it and do appropriate screening or specific tests to define it. Proper diagnosis can either relieve you or make sure early treatments are started. ...Read more

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What causes brown spots on blue iris?

What causes brown spots on blue iris?

Freckles?: Freckles and nevi are the usual pigmentations found on the iris. Also, hamartomas, brushfield spots, lisch nodules, inflammatory nodules, adenomas, xanthogranulas, melanomas, iris atrophy, stretch holes are among other iris lesions or spots that can occur but much less common. If your iris spots are new, have them evaluated by an eye md. ...Read more

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I have several brown spots in my iris and one of the spots got bigger. Should this be a concern?

I have several brown spots in my iris and one of the spots got bigger. Should this be a concern?

Yes: Spots on the iris are similar to moles on the skin and if one is changing, it would be prudent to have it checked out. ...Read more

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Black spots in iris means cancer?

Black spots in iris means cancer?

NO but need exam.: Some people are born with spots on iris , seen in certain diseases like bushfield spots down's, lisch spots in neurofibromatosis, spots in sarcoidosis etc, does not mean they have cancer, if appears must see the doctor. ...Read more

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Hi. I saw two tiny black spots on my iris (hazel eyes). I am worried. What could this be?

Hi. I saw two tiny black spots on my iris (hazel eyes). I am worried. What could this be?

Possible ephelis: You may have small freckles (epheli) or moles (nevi) that are almost always benign. By the fact that you 'just' discovered them, A friendly visit to an EYE MD would be very reassuring to you. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have Brown spots on my eye in the Iris area that I haven't noticed before. Any suggestions?

I have Brown spots on my eye in the Iris area that I haven't noticed before.  Any suggestions?

Examination : Any new appearing lesions, spots & sores on the eye should be examined. You are probably seeing nevi or epheli both which are common on the iris. Rarely nevi can transform into melanoma. An examination will establish a diagnosis and a baseline. Most are monitored by periodic checkups. ...Read more

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Helppp... My left eye has been irritated for two days now... I noticed white/gray spots on my iris near my pupil and the white part of my eye is pink.

Helppp... My left eye has been irritated for two days now... I noticed white/gray spots on my iris near my pupil and the white part of my eye is pink.

Corneal ulcer: This is a serious problem. You need to see an ophthalmologist right away and get started on strong antibiotic drops. Most likely causes are contact lens wear or a corneal abrasion. Early treatment will speed healing and prevent scarring in your cornea. ...Read more

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My dr ordered an m r i, found 20 white spots on my brain, he says its m s u think it's what it is,?

Not necessarily: If you have history of migraine, head injury, high blood pressure or merely taking a variety of meds, could be better answer (eg, microvascular angioplasty). Ms is best diagnosed based on history and physical exam. The MRI is used for confirmation and treatment decisions in part. Get neurological consultation. ...Read more

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What dies it mean if I am seeing white spots?

VisualDX: Hi, it’s hard to say without a picture but there is a great app that may be able to help you get a diagnosis without being seen in person by a dermatologist. The app is called VisualDX and is one of the best, if not the best out there. Many clinicians, including myself, use it. Just snap a photo and it gives you a list of possible diagnoses. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are the white spots on my body that come and go?

What are the white spots on my body that come and go?

Yeast: If they are located on the back, chest or neck, there is a possibility that they are a yeast called tinea versicolor. Sometimes the shampoo selum blue can help clear them. ...Read more

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Little white spots on my ankles?

Little white spots on my ankles?

Skin plaques. : Probably nothing to be concerned about. Also, probably nothing to do about it. You could see a dermatologist to have it checked out. ...Read more

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White spots no my breasts?

White spots no my breasts?

Fungus?: This could be tine versicolor, vitiligo-loss of color or even lichen sclerosis. The treatment would vary. See doc for evaluation and treatment,. ...Read more