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Old 05-03-2006, 11:15 AM   #16
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Re: Doc says I have an "EYE FRECKLE" ???

Serious...well yes and no. Remember that a nevus is just a freckle and rarely turns cancerous. If you are concerned (and I can understand why you are), tell your doc you would like to be seen in six months. Or perhaps ask for a referral to a retinal specialist. btw, is your doc an opthamolgist?

lol about being brave. I don't know about that!

 
Old 05-05-2006, 01:02 PM   #17
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Re: Doc says I have an "EYE FRECKLE" ???

yeah, i might asked if i can be seen in 6 months. i wasnt seen by an ophthalmologist but seen at the optometry dept at the local eye hospital as i work for the health service. i just went for an eye test a couple of weeks ago and they found a retinal tear, so had to go back to get dilated and thats when they found the freckles. so as well as a tear - ihave freckles!!!! i had 4 people exam me that day one of which was a eye specialist (not consultant level though). but none of them mentioned the potential dangers, if i'd known then i'd asked more.

I hope you are ok. when did you get diagnosed? did you know you had a freckle before it went bad?


Also, how can they tell just by looking its not already cancer?? i haven't had any kind of tests. iam now thinking of going for a private examination. Arrrggghhhh - iam becoming more parniod by the second!!!

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Old 05-07-2006, 07:03 PM   #18
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Re: Doc says I have an "EYE FRECKLE" ???

Well, I did see my doc again and I am not as upset as I was.... Although it still crosses my mind. Well, Ruth, finally someone that has them in both eyes, the same as me. I cant say much, start writing down all your questions so you have them ready when you go to the doc. I did that with my last trip she still said to see me in a year and I told her No.... 6 months, so she went along with that.

Vicki

 
Old 05-08-2006, 12:14 PM   #19
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Re: Doc says I have an "EYE FRECKLE" ???

Iam pleased you're not as upset now. i think i'll take your advice and write down questions and take with me. i used to work with them at the eye hospital so I am sure they'll see me to put my mind at rest.

do you know if freckles just appear, cos at my previous eye test 2 year ago they didnt say i had them? maybe this question can go on my list!

 
Old 05-08-2006, 02:50 PM   #20
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Re: Doc says I have an "EYE FRECKLE" ???

You know what...... I dont think she ever gave me a "straight" anwser to that question...if they just "APPEAR"..... I ask why doc (the one that retired) did not see them 4 years ago and her comment was that she has updated equipment, although I dont think she did anything he didnt. My concern was, at my age - 53, why are they just showing up now???? Does this mean they will keep growing (even if not cancer) ??? She never really anwsered that,,,, kinda danced around it I guess....either they dont know or she wasnt saying. I know at ***** they say the following:

words will comfort and reassure you.

Take a giant step backwards, take a deep breath, and RELAX!

First things first. You probably know that the Health Professionals at ***** do not dispense medical advice or render clinical diagnoses. We hope to share some ideas with you that might assist you in learning more about that freckle.

Based on your clear description, the eye doctor discovered a pigmented spot in the back of your eye. Most of the time these “freckles” are a benign growth called a CHOROIDAL NEVUS. The majority of adults have at least one. In about 1-in-10,000 (not 1000) cases the nevus can enlarge and possibly become malignant. That means it does NOT bode poorly for the other 9,999!

An experienced ophthalmologist can determine whether your freckle needs more attention or simply an annual checkup. She may order studies such as an ultrasound or a fluorescein angiogram to better evaluate the freckle.

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 and check back in with us after you learn more.

***** knows that it takes COURAGE to get the best health care. Don’t be a “scaredy-cat”!

Which, did tend to help me....alittle. I have ordered some vitamins with Lutein and Zeaxanthin in them since they are suppose to be great for the macula of the eye to help keep it healthy....now I wonder if they would agrivate these "freckles".....trying to find that out before I take them. They might not help...but I sure dont want to say "feed the freckle" and make it grow. Guess I am still running scared to an extent...just not as bad as before.

So, maybe you now have a few extra questions for your doc....let us (me) know what he/she says and hang in there..... They say there are ALOT OF US OUT THERE....ALTHOUGH I HAVE ONLY MET ONE (In person) at the eyeglass place and she just found out she had one also..... One would be bad enough... I have two!!! Something else I have been wondering....if they are not cancerous.....have they ever been known to disappear...go away on their own. If they are like a skin freckle...plenty of mine have went away over the years... See, still thinking of questions.

Vicki

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Old 05-09-2006, 02:33 PM   #21
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Re: Doc says I have an "EYE FRECKLE" ???

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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.

So...

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:

size
color (mottled appearance I believe)
orange pigment (somewhere...sorry, can't remember where)
blood supply

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.

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