Seeing Spots: What that Freckle on Your Eye is Telling You

eye care healthLooking at yourself in the mirror and noticing a speckle on your eye that looks like a freckle can be beyond alarming. Called choroidal nevus or “freckle on the eye” is something that can make you seem like you are seeing spots, when in actuality it isn’t necessarily anything to be too worried about. Read on to learn more about choroidal nevus.

How is it caused?

Typically apparent at birth or by the time you are in your twenties, choroidal nevus is just the visual appearance of a freckle on your eye. Occurring in about six to seven percent of the Caucasian population, choroidal nevus isn’t very common.

Is it dangerous?

Just as with any sort of mole or freckle on your body, freckles on your eye are likely safe but need to be watched closely as they can turn into a form of cancer like melanoma. Keep a literal watchful eye on your freckle in order to watch for any sort of abnormalities such as a change in shape, color, or size.

Can it be removed?

If your eye freckle does develop into melanoma, there are a few treatment options that you can undergo including laser removal, chemotherapy drops, and even radiation. However, because your eye is very delicate and sensitive, it typically isn’t recommended to have the freckle removed from your eye unless deemed absolutely necessary.

If you look in the mirror and think that you are seeing spots only to find out that you have freckles on your eyes, don’t freak out. By understanding the cause, the dangers of these freckles, and the removal process you can be better informed and remain calm. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Steve Thom’s office today!

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