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Moles on Eyelid

Skin Moles on Eyelid

Healing and treating moles and eyes

Moles are surprisingly common on the eye so if you discover you have one, it should be checked regularly by your eye doctor to ensure that it is not affecting your vision or changing in appearance. It is wise to have a yearly inspection when your doctor takes a photograph to compare. If treatment is needed, the procedure is called iodine-125 (or I-125) brachytherapy where a plaque is inserted, laid directly on the mole for a specific time, then removed and very carefully monitored for some time to come.

Moles on the eyelids or inside the eyelids can be difficult to treat because of their proximity to the eyes themselves and people are quite sensitive about having procedures carried out in the eye area. If they are not causing any distress or discomfort, it might be wise to leave moles on or under the eyelids alone. Dermatologists, along with cosmetic surgeons, plastic surgeons and oculoplastic surgeons can eliminate these types of moles through surgery along with the help of laser treatment. There is a cost involved together with some pain and possible scarring.

An essential oils mole removal product can be used if the mole is not too close to the eye itself. This requires a steady hand, a Q-tip and the very smallest amount of formula which is applied directly onto mole while avoiding the eye itself. After one or two applications, the process becomes easier and usually within a couple of weeks of use, the mole will have disappeared. This is a gentle procedure with no risk of any pain or scarring.

Types of moles on the eyes

Moles on the eyes consist of a collection of pigment (usually in the choroidal layer of the retina) known as nevuses. Often these choroidal nevuses are just pigmented spots in the same way as you would have on your skin. They are referred to as freckles on the eye.

But in rare cases, such nevuses can 'mutate' and become cancerous, needing treatment with the insertion of a radioactive plaque as described earlier. Once you have this condition, the eye will need to be watched carefully for any changes or growth which can mean annual physical exams, lab tests and x-rays with a retinal specialist until sufficient time has passed without any further cause for concern.

Moles that appear on or under the eyelids are the same type of mole that appears elsewhere on the body.

What causes moles on eyes?

There are 3 common causes:
• Genetics where moles tend to run in the family.
• Too much sunlight.
• Changes in hormones especially at such stages as puberty; pregnancy; and the menopause.

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