Those Brown Spots on Your Eyes…

by Sunny on December 28, 2011

Protect Your Eyes

If you don’t have them, you’ve seen them. You’re looking someone right in the eye, and just there, you notice it: a little brown spot(s) on the white of their eye.

Now, if it isn’t your eye, you may not say anything about. And I don’t blame you. (Some things are like asking a woman if she’s pregnant; you just don’t bring it up unless they do so first.) But if it is your own reflection that you’re looking at, you may wonder what is going on and why.

Brown Spots on Your Eyes

What are these little brown spots, and are they dangerous?

These brown marks on the sclera or the thin membrane (the white part) of the eye are actually just pigmentation.  Not considered to be dangerous, painful or even have any effect on vision, they are strictly cosmetic.

The easiest thing to compare them to would be freckles, because they are caused by the same substance, melanin.   They are usually made more distinct by the sunlight and once they’ve appeared they don’t fade or disappear. They cannot be removed.  But to lessen the frequency at which they occur, you can limit the amount of sun exposure your eyes endure by wearing a great pair of full coverage sunglasses.

Brown spots can occur on anyone but happen more frequently on those of African descent and are also more common on those who naturally freckle a great deal in the sun. They do appear “suddenly” but they aren’t harmful and should not affect your vision.

However, if they do being to impair your vision, change in size or shape or if you’re concerned it might be something other than a typical pigment change, you should schedule an appointment with your optometrist for a complete eye exam.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Diane December 7, 2013 at 2:09 pm

I just want to say, thank you for this article. Since, I haven’t seen an eye doctor in years(can’t afford it). I noticed this brown spot on my eye, a few years ago. And, I’ve always wondered what it was. Why I just now searched it, after so long, I don’t know, but I’m glad I did. I now have my answer. Thanks again, and I hope soon, I will be able to go get an eye exam.


Stacey January 16, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Eye exams at America’s Best are just $45 (or free if you purchase two pairs of glasses – starting at $69.95). Hope you’re able to get your exam soon!


Mina April 3, 2014 at 11:16 pm

I have had one of these on my eye since I was a cute little tot! I never knew what it was so thanks for the info :)


Andy June 30, 2014 at 9:13 am

You’re welcome, I’m glad we could help!


chandni April 12, 2014 at 11:14 am

Thank you for the consoling information. I would also like to know if the spots caused by injuries can be cured.


Andy June 30, 2014 at 9:13 am

The best thing to do is have an optometrist take a look at your eye, and he or she will be able to answer that question for you. You can use this link to find the tore nearest you!


bilal June 29, 2014 at 4:30 am

i have two of these one in each eye, they had me worried sick.thanks a lot


Andy June 30, 2014 at 9:15 am

You’re very welcome! If you have another other concerns, you can always stop by your nearest optometrist for information, just use the link below the find one. Have a great day!


Michelle July 11, 2014 at 12:42 am

Eye doctor found brown spot on my eye. In our family there is a history of melanoma. My brother died 3 years ago. Should I be concern?


Andy July 11, 2014 at 9:30 am

Hi Michelle! That’s a very good question. Unfortunately, we can’t give medical opinions for individual patients online. We would recommend following up with the eye doctor who found the spot, or getting a second opinion from another medical professional, maybe your family physician or an ophthalmologist. Thank you for your question, I hope everything works out for the best!


Lydia July 29, 2014 at 12:46 pm


I want to know if the spots can be treated without surgery ? And is it risky to do the surgery to remove it??


Andy July 30, 2014 at 11:05 am

Hi Lydia,

Thank you for your question. Every medical situation is different, and it wouldn’t be fair for me to give you advice on the subject without having the right amount of information. The best thing to do would be to call your optometrist and get his or her professional opinion. Can I help you find one of ours?


Shawna August 4, 2014 at 6:16 pm

I read on another site that fish oil will help with brown spots on the eye. Is there any truth to that?


Andy August 5, 2014 at 8:37 am

Hi Shawna,

Fish oil has a number of health benefits, including being full of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked to pigmentation. Still, I recommend checking with your doctor before making any changes to your diet. Thank you for your question!



Ellen August 28, 2014 at 8:51 am

can the brown spot be removed? If yes, how? I wish i could remove it


Andy August 28, 2014 at 9:30 am

Hi Ellen,

Brown spots usually can’t be removed, but most of the time they are purely cosmetic. If you feel concerned about them, I recommend seeing an eyecare professional and having them take a look. Let me know if you’d like me to help you find one. Thanks for your question!



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