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Eye Health: Answering common questions, beginning with — Can your eyes have freckles?

By Dr. Dawn Stratton
KyForward columnist

I hope 2016 is going well for all of you. I’m planning a lot of new ventures this year that I’ll tell you about soon. In the meantime, as a way to answer questions you may have about eye care, I plan to write about common questions we hear from patients.

Beginning with: can my eyes have freckles? Yes. Like a raised freckle on the skin, nevi can also occur inside your eye. They can only be seen be an eye care specialist and rarely require treatment.

If the choroidal nevus has orange pigmentation, is leaking fluid, or has a thickness of 2 mm or more it may be (or become) a malignant choroidal melanoma.

Depending on its appearance, patients with a choroidal nevus should have their eyes examined at least every year.

A benign choroidal nevus rarely causes symptoms and does not require treatment. However, since a choroidal nevus can turn into a choroidal melanoma, it is reasonable to have it observed by your eye care professional.

And, just like with our skin, ultraviolet exposure can cause freckles in the eyes.

I always encourage wearing UV-blocking sunglasses when outdoors. Think of sunglasses as sun block for your eyes.

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Dr. Dawn Stratton is the founder of Stratton Eyes. She is a graduate of Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago and earned her Doctor of Optometry in 1994. Based in Lexington, Dr. Stratton is a member of American Optometric Association, the Kentucky Optometric Association, the National Association of Professional Women and the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists. She also provides eye exams for patients at the Hope Center, Room at the Inn and The Nest. Visit Stratton-Eyes.com for more information or call 859-245-2020 or email office@strattoneyes.com. You can also find the office on Facebook and on Twitter @StrattonEyes.

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