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A 34-year-old member asked:

How is it that someone's pupils might be blown?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Several things: The most common reason for enlarged pupils is they made a recent trip to an eye doctor who used pupilary dilators. Much less common is exposure to certain drugs which can do this which includes purposeful treatment with dilators for certain conditions like uveitis. Pupils are also blown in brain hemorrhage and obstructions especially after head trauma.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Please explain why might someone's pupils be blown?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Blown pupils : Are dilated pupils. This can occur for a variety of reasons. Drugs, both legal and illegal, poisonings, and in conditions affecting the brain like head trauma, stroke, tumor or bleeding.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Why might someone have a gold ring around both pupils?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Reid Holtzclaw-swan
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Keyser-Fleischer: They are copper deposits due to a condition called Wilson's disease. It could also be Fleischers disease which is caused by iron deposits and affects the shape of the cornea.
Last updated Jun 21, 2013
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