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As a retina specialist I see them a lot, but my experience is most likely skewed
Do you see people with multiple?
Being a kidney cancer survivor, and having undergone chemo etc you are wise to be concerned. Of course, the greatest fear is that what the ophthalmologist is seeing is not a nevi at all, but rather an intraocular melanoma
I would be more worried about it being metastic disease
Yes. It is not uncommon to see people who have multiple nevi in one eye, or to have them in both eyes.
That is the nugger I was after
nugget I mean
Metastatic disease doesn't normally look anything like a nevi. The vast majority of ophthalmologists would not mix the two of these up.
That is another nugget I was after!
I am sure my doct and I will follow them
Did the ophthalmologist take a picture of them? Do you know how far out in the periphery they were located?
The one in the right eye I think was on the periphery
I am going back to get more info
In usually talk about the right eye
did the doctor press on your eye with a metal stick when looking at your retina with the bright light on her head and holding the large magnifying lens in her hand?
Here is a nice web page on Nevi?
Shhe did not do the metal stick but she did do the large magnifyig glass
Then she didn't look all the way out in the periphery....no big deal. Most general ophthalmologists don't look out as far as us retina docs do :o)
She was not worried at all
I was just a little worried because there was more than one
then I would be concerned that it was a met or a melanoma
ment to type "would not..."
my fingers are getting old....
Had me worried there for a micorsecond
I am going to get her report and talk to here a little more. She got me out of there pretty quick.
Sounds like a good idea. It seems like you are in good hands with this doc
If she is worried she will send you to a retina doc for a second opinion. And then you will find out how uncomfortable a depressed retina exam can really be ;)
Yeah, I will let you go. She was not worried at all by what she saw. But, I do want some more info. The fact that there can be multiple and mets look different does help!!
And, don't worry there will be follow up no matter what!
It is my pleasure. If you get a picture of these nevi you can upload them from your computer and I'd be happy to have a look at 'em for you.
I will check on that!
Good night and thanks!!
Good night to you too.
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FYI I made an appoitment with an opthamologist just to be sure and get some baseline pictures taken. I think the first person who saw me was an optometrist.