So, now what?
- Take a picture of the freckle. (Say, “Cheese”!)
- Measure the freckle
- If the patient was here before, compare it to last visit
- See the patient back (usually in 6 months) to take pictures again and look for any changes
If the freckle worries me in any way, or if I see changes in a freckle from a previous visit, then I will send the patient to a specialist for further evaluation. The specialist may do a scan of the eye or sometimes a biopsy.
Healthy living time! Regular screenings with your eye doctor can assure that your eyes stay healthy. If we see a freckle, we will document everything we see so that we can make future comparisons. Knowing exactly what a freckle looks like at a certain point in time can make it much easier to properly diagnose your condition.
By the way, I just had a patient with a choroidal nevus. His wife was in the exam room, and since the nevus was in the left eye, she named the freckle “Lefty.” An appropriate name, I suppose.
Hope everyone found this helpful... my next topic I think will be something on either sports or sun protection... Have a BEAUTIFUL week!