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Question:
Is a mole in the eye a medical condition?  

Answer:
Your question implies that someone has told you that you have a "mole in your eye." You don't say whether this is in the iris or beneath the retina in the back of the eye, although my reply would be similar for each. If it is truly a "mole" that would also imply that it is benign. That means that it is harmless. A mole rarely can transform into a malignant tumor called a melanoma. If you have a mole in the iris or beneath the retina, it is a medical condition that should be followed by an ophthalmologist. Sometimes, this should be photographed, evaluated by ultrasound examination, or other testing mechanisms. The good news is that most "moles" are almost never a problem for a patient.

Answered by: Ivan Schwab, MD Dr. Ivan Schwab

Categories: Eye Conditions

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Answered: Oct 26, 2012

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