Eye freckles are more common than you think, and they are usually not a cause for concern. Genetics and sun exposure are their usual causes. However, your eye doctor may still need to keep an eye out for it. While rare, they can become a type of cancer or melanoma. Whether you’ve always had them or just recently learned you have one on your eye, it’s better to have these spots checked by your local eye care center.
Keep on reading to learn what causes eye freckles as well as possible complications.
Nevus Eye Freckle
There are two kinds of freckles, one of which is nevus or mole. Some of these moles are easily to see while others are located at the back of your eye. They can be on the surface or in the colored part of your eye. Nevi can also be found under your retina or in the back of your eye. This type of eye freckle can be yellow, gray, brown or a combination of colors. They are made by melanocytes, which also give your eyes and skin their color. Eye freckles form when these cells don’t spread out and clump together.
Iris freckles are small flecks in the iris or colored part of your eye. They look more like freckles than moles, and they are only on the surface of your eye. These spots don’t affect the shape of your eyes, and around 50% of all people have them. Nevi usually form before birth while iris freckles can develop in older individuals.
Possible Eye Problems
You typically visit your eye doctor when you need new glasses or contact lenses. While eye freckles don’t usually affect your eyesight or cause problems, you must still have them checked by your doctor. You may need to go back every six months to make sure the freckle has not changed.
If your eye freckle has grown or changed its shape or color, you need to see your eye doctor. Eye pain, flashing lights and changes in your vision are also reasons to contact a specialist.
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