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When should I see a doctor about eye freckles?

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If you’ve noticed a spot or freckle in your eye, it’s probably not a problem. That said, it’s important to get it checked out by an eye doctor (optometrist or ophthalmologist).

During your appointment, your doctor may want to take a photo of the freckle and possibly do some imaging scans to look at it more closely. You may need to go back every 6 months or so to make sure the freckle hasn’t changed in any way. If it still looks the same after a few years, you can probably switch to yearly checkups.

From: What Are Eye Freckles? WebMD Medical Reference

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

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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