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What are iris freckles?

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The other type of eye freckles (besides nevi) are called iris freckles. These are tiny flecks in the colored part of your eye. They’re more like the freckles on your skin than moles -- they’re only on the surface of your eye and don’t affect its shape. About half of all people have iris freckles.

From: What Are Eye Freckles? WebMD Medical Reference

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Wills Eye Hospital: “Choroidal Nevus,” “Conjunctival Nevus.”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “Nevus,” “How to Identify 5 Lesser-Known Intraocular Tumors,” “Distinguishing a Choroidal Nevus From a Choroidal Melanoma,” “Is a Mole in the Eye a Medical Condition?” “Nevus Removal: Cost and Considerations,” “Freckles or Nevi on Eye?” “Sunglasses: Protection from UV Eye Damage.”

Mayo Clinic: “Moles.”

Kaiser, P. , Saunders, 2014. The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Illustrated Manual of Ophthalmology, 4th Edition

Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science : “Iris Freckles a Potential Biomarker for Chronic Sun Damage.”

Kufe, D. , BC Decker, 2003. Holland-Frei Cancer Medicine, 6th edition

Cleveland Clinic: “Moles, Freckles, Skin Tags, Lentigines, & Seborrheic Keratoses.”

Medscape: “Iris Melanoma.”

New York Eye Cancer Center: “Choroidal Nevus.”

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on August 6, 2019

SOURCES:

Wills Eye Hospital: “Choroidal Nevus,” “Conjunctival Nevus.”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “Nevus,” “How to Identify 5 Lesser-Known Intraocular Tumors,” “Distinguishing a Choroidal Nevus From a Choroidal Melanoma,” “Is a Mole in the Eye a Medical Condition?” “Nevus Removal: Cost and Considerations,” “Freckles or Nevi on Eye?” “Sunglasses: Protection from UV Eye Damage.”

Mayo Clinic: “Moles.”

Kaiser, P. , Saunders, 2014. The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Illustrated Manual of Ophthalmology, 4th Edition

Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science : “Iris Freckles a Potential Biomarker for Chronic Sun Damage.”

Kufe, D. , BC Decker, 2003. Holland-Frei Cancer Medicine, 6th edition

Cleveland Clinic: “Moles, Freckles, Skin Tags, Lentigines, & Seborrheic Keratoses.”

Medscape: “Iris Melanoma.”

New York Eye Cancer Center: “Choroidal Nevus.”

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on August 6, 2019

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