Conjunctival Nevus

benign and present no risk to vision, but some can become malignant, making it important to regularly monitor them for any changes.

Q2. What are the symptoms of a conjunctival nevus?

Common symptoms of a conjunctival nevus include a freckle-like spot on the conjunctiva, or a raised bump or lump, which can change in size or color. Additionally, some may become red and inflamed.

Q3. What is the treatment for a conjunctival nevus?

Because conjunctival nevi are typically benign, they often don’t require any treatment. However, if a nevus changes in size or color, or becomes inflamed, your doctor may recommend a treatment plan to manage the condition. These may include topical and oral medications, or even surgery in some cases.
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What is the risk for a conjunctival nevus becoming cancerous?

What is a Conjunctival Nevus?

A conjunctival nevus is a specific type of lesion that is found on the eye’s conjunctiva, which is a thin, transparent membrane that covers the white of the eye (sclera) and lines the inner portion of the eyelids. It is often called an ocular nevus and is typically benign, meaning non-cancerous. The nevus may be colored or pigmented, varying in shades between light brown and dark grey.

What Are the Symptoms of a Conjunctival Nevus?

A conjunctival nevus typically does not cause any symptoms and is usually discovered during an eye exam. However, if the nevus increases in size or has an irregular shape, you may develop some symptoms, such as: irritation, itching, burning, tearing, or light sensitivity.

How is a Conjunctival Nevus Diagnosed?

Your doctor will typically perform a visual inspection of the eye and may refer you for additional tests, such as a slit-lamp exam, which uses a special microscope with a high-intensity light, or an ultrasound to look for irregularities in the nevus.

What Are the Treatments for a Conjunctival Nevus?

In most cases, conjunctival nevi do not require treatment. If the nevus does increase in size, or if it becomes painful or causes any visual changes, your doctor may recommend treatment. Treatment typically involves surgery to remove the nevus. This surgery is usually done using a laser or cryotherapy, depending on the size, shape, and location of the nevus.

Frequently Asked Questions About Conjunctival Nevi

What causes a conjunctival nevus?

The exact cause is not known, but genetic predisposition may play a role.

Can a conjunctival nevus become cancerous?

While a conjunctival nevus is typically benign, it can become cancerous in some cases. If you experience any visual changes or pain due to a nevus, make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.

What should I do if I think I have a conjunctival nevus?

If you notice any changes in your eyes, you should make an appointment with your doctor right away. Your doctor will perform a physical examination and may refer you for additional tests, such as a slit-lamp exam or an ultrasound.


A conjunctival nevus is a benign lesion that can be found on the eye’s conjunctiva. It typically does not cause any symptoms and does not require treatment. However, if the nevus increases in size or becomes painful or changes visually, your doctor may recommend treatment, such as surgery. For more information, speak with your doctor.