Nevus & Tumors
A tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue within the body, and these can certainly develop within the eye. They can cause significant changes in your vision or may be incidentally discovered on a routine eye exam without any symptoms. It is essential to determine if the tumor is benign (not cancerous), malignant (cancerous), or not a tumor at all. At Retina Consultants of Minnesota, we are dedicated to bringing you the highest level of care for these conditions. Please choose one of the following links to learn more:
A choroidal nevus is a flat, benign, pigmented area that appears in the back of the eye. Often, this is referred to as an “eye freckle.” Eye freckles are found in a small percentage of the population (approximately 1 in 10 people).
A choroidal melanoma is a type of cancer that develops in the eye and produces pigment. Pigment gives color to your skin, hair, and eyes. Just as you can develop a melanoma in your skin, you can also develop it inside the eye. Although it is the most common cancer to originate within the eye in adults, a choroidal melanoma is rare.
Congenital Hypertrophy of the Retinal Pigment Epithelium (CHRPE)
CHRPE is a flat, darkly pigmented spot found in the back of your eye. It can vary in size, ranging from a few to more than 10 mm in diameter. They are composed of enlarged cells with densely packed and larger-than-normal, spherical pigment granules. Pigment gives color to your skin, hair, and eyes.