Researchers have discovered that eye freckles are mostly found in people who have a high lifetime exposure to sunlight. Eye freckles are dark spots that form on the iris, the colored part of the eye.
– Eye freckles indicate the presence or risk of sunlight-triggered eye diseases such as cataract or macular degeneration.
– The formation of eye freckles is linked to increasing age, history of severe sunburns, and lifetime number of sunburns.
– People with dark-colored eyes and those who maintained better sun protection were less likely to develop eye freckles.
Freckles were most commonly found in the lower outer quadrant (away from the nose) of each eye. The researchers hypothesized this may be because the eyebrow and nose shield the upper and inner quadrants of the eye from the sun, lowering exposure and the risk of developing freckles.
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