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Birth mark at the back of eye which was absent before cataract surgery. What could it be?

mum been to opticians today for an eye check, she has had two recent cataracht ops, so was for a check up for new glasses, the optician spent a long time on her eyes and then said she was referring her back as she could see what look like a birth mark at the back of her eye which wasn t there before, she said she was surprised the hospital hadn t picked it up when they did the catarach, any suggestions as to what this could be, she is light sensitive too at the moment.
Asked On : Sun, 3 Feb 2013
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I guess the optician was refering to a black pigmentation at the back of the eye as is seen in case of a choroidal nevus. It is a painless condition and is more often than not detected on routine eye exam. It would have been difficult to be picked up prior to cataract surgery as the cataract would have hindered with the clear view of the back of the eye. Now that the cataract has been removed, the view is clear and details can easily be seen. It would be better to get her eye examined by the ophthalmologist at this stage so as to confirm whether there is indeed a choroidal nevus present. If present then it needs to be measured and then followed up for any altered appearance or growth ( every 6-12 months).


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