Originally Posted by sweetpoison
And what if it becomes a tumor? There are many ways to treat the growth without losing the eyeball.
For now let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Go get it fully evaluated...
Good advice; don't get ahead of yourself. An opthamaogist discovered my tumor last summer, and referred me to a retinal specialist. It had been about three years since I had had my eyes examined previously. I truly don't remember if my doc told me about an eye freckle at that time.
As ***** says, there are tests that can tell you whether your lesion needs add'l evaluation. My retinal specialist did an ultrasound and angiogram. The tests were painless.
Based on the tests, the RS could tell that my tumor had some height to it, that it was larger than just a small freckle. That's when he referred me to an occular oncologist who is studying and following literally thousands of cases.
At this point you have a freckle ONLY. If you are scared (and who wouldn't be?), perhaps you should ask for a referral to a retinal specialist who can run an untrasound and antiogram.
Ruth, as to how they can know, just by looking at this, that it is not already cancerous, well, that's where being a specialist comes in. There are many indicators that lead to a "probable" cancer diagnosis:
color (mottled appearance I believe)
orange pigment (somewhere...sorry, can't remember where)
They can't do a traditional biopsy because it would permanently harm your vision. So, for me, I am tested every 4-5 months. At some point in my lifetime, I'll need surgery, probably brachytherapy which is an eye-sparing though not vision-sparing surgery.