Do You Have Eye Freckles?

It’s cute to have freckles that cover your nose, but what if your freckles are in your eyes? It can be a surprise to see them there, but is it OK to ignore them, or should you see your eye doctor right away as soon as you notice them? Will they affect your sight? Read on for some information on eye freckles!

What Is an Eye Freckle?

A “freckle,” a brown or yellow spot in the eye, resembles the freckles on the skin, and they come about in the same way. Freckles appear when a certain amount of melanin (which gives your eyes and skin color), instead of spreading out, collects in the same spot. When freckles appear in the eye, they are called “nevi.” You can have nevi on the surface of the eye, in the back of the eye, or on the iris, the colored part of the eye.

Nevi can be a result of sun exposure, just like freckles on the skin. People with a light complexion and light colored eyes are more prone to eye freckles.

Should I Be Worried About Eye Freckles?

There is no reason to be worried about eye freckles! They won’t affect your vision or your eye health. And, because they are harmless, it can actually do more harm than good to try to have them removed. But, as always, you should pay attention to your eyes and any changes to them. Let your eye doctor know if you see any changes to the size or shape of your nevi.

Because ultraviolet (UV) light can contribute to nevi forming, wearing sunglasses can help to prevent eye freckles, and this is always a good idea to protect your vision as well. Nevi are yet another reason to see your doctor for regular eye exams, so that he or she can keep track of them and make sure there is no unusual growth.

The freckles on your eye, just like freckles on your face, are just another thing that make you unique! However, if you are concerned that something just doesn’t look or feel right with your eyes, contact Southside Eye Care in Chesapeake, VA. Call (757) 484-0101 for an appointment today!

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