Is it bad to have a mole in the eye?

Have you ever seen a person with a mole in their eye? Called “ocular nevus”. Sure, those dots look weird, but are they any different from other moles you may have on the rest of your body?

They are produced from the concentration of melanocytes, melanin-pigmented cells that are darker than the rest. Its tone and form varies from person to person.

They are usually found in the front of the eye, around the iris, or under the retina in the back. They usually appear in the first years of life or in youth, although they can also appear later, for example, due to sun exposure.

As with moles, most of the time they do not cause symptoms or complications, but are personal signs like any other spot you may have on your skin.

However, like other moles on the skin, they can transform into melanomas, a type of cancer that can stay only there or metastasize and spread.

What indicates that a mole in the eye is dangerous?

  • Iris color change
  • poor vision
  • redness
  • Pain
  • The mole changes in its shape, texture, or height
  • The skin of the mole becomes dry or scaly
  • Feels hard or lumpy
  • generates itching
  • Small defects in the iris or conjunctiva

Other complications include fluid leakage or abnormal growth of blood vessels around the eye. But these cases are very rare.

How is it detected?

A mole in the eye is very easy for an ophthalmologist to see. If it is benign, it does not need to be removed but monitored regularly. Otherwise, the doctor should indicate the most appropriate treatment.

Recommendations in case of having moles in the eyes

  • Check it periodically to check that it has not changed in shape, size or color
  • Be vigilant if there is itching or discomfort
  • Wear sunglasses outdoors, as mole cells are especially sensitive to ultraviolet radiation.

Do you know someone with a mole in the eye? Share this information with him!

Important: It should be clarified that Bioguía does not give medical advice or prescribe the use of techniques as a form of treatment for physical or mental problems without the advice of a doctor, either directly or indirectly. In the case of applying any information on this site for this purpose, Bioguía does not assume responsibility for these acts. The site is intended only to provide information of a general nature to aid in the pursuit of personal growth and development.


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