• My 12-year-old son was told by an eye doctor that he has a black spot in his optic nerve.


    Question:

    My 12-year-old son was told by an eye doctor that he has a black spot in his optic nerve. She wants him to go to a specialist. What could this be?


    Answer:

    A black spot on the optic nerve could be simply pigment, or commonly it could be a type of benign tumor called a melanocytoma. Other possibilities include a retinal pigment epithelial adenoma, metastatic tumors, or malignant choroidal melanoma.


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