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Ocular melanoma / CHRPE

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      To date, I have had three WLE for known cutaneous melanoma, all with clear margins. I was disturbed when my optometrist pointed out a "CHRPE", acronym for a congenital pigmented area on the retina, during a recent routine eye exam.

      Prior to moving to Maine from Baltimore, my previous regular eye exams had been done by an opthamologist at the Johns Hopkins WIlmer Eye Institute; gievn the doctor's reputation, I believe he would have found this condition i a prior exam.

      My understanding is that ocular and cutaneous melanoma are entirely different / unrelated, but would welcome insights from anyone regarding "chirpees" as these seem to be called.

      Thank you

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          You might ask the same question on the ocular melanoma board here.  Every eye doc I've talked to has never had someone with both ocular and cutaneous. 

            I have had eye exams all my life where no ophthalmologist had ever mentioned CHRPES to me by after my melanoma dx a ophth.resident found them, sent me to a specialist who said I’d likely had them for a long time, they are harmless. I sent back a couple times to recheck and nothing had changed. CHRPES are a benign finding but certainly scary st first with a hx of melanoma!

                Thank you both – very reassuring and will check ocular board, which I did not know about 

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