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Doctor insights on: Constricted Pupils

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Do people with cushing's syndrome have constricted pupils?

Do people with cushing's syndrome have constricted pupils?

Not likely: Cushing's does not really cause miosis (pupil constriction). There are many causes, but prominent are many drugs (opiods, anti-psychotics, razadone). ...Read more

Pupil (Definition)

The pupil is the opening in the iris inside of the eye though which light is focused on the retinal film at the back of the eye. The iris can open and close in response to light to vary the amount inside the eye. It is what looks red, in the ...Read more


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Can alcohol constrict pupils?

Can alcohol constrict pupils?

No: Other medications can cause miosis (pupillary constriction), such as narcotics, for example. ...Read more

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Does alcohol constrict pupils?

Does alcohol constrict pupils?

No: Your pupils appear bigger and slower, and your ability to focus and the redness of your eyes are also apparent. ...Read more

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Can the medication, namenda, (memantine) cause constricted pupils?

Can the medication, namenda, (memantine) cause constricted pupils?

Probably not: This is not one of the listed side effects. However, if you began having this problem when you started the medication, contact your doctor and discuss this with him/her. ...Read more

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Does drinking alcohol constrict pupils?

Does drinking alcohol constrict pupils?

It can: Yes, drinking alcohol can constrict the pupils. Constriction of the pupils is called miosis. Opiate drugs tend to constrict the pupils more than alcohol. ...Read more

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Has Zoloft (sertraline) been known to cause constricted pupils?

No: This is not one of the listed side effects. However, each person's chemistry is unique. It is possible to have any side effect to a medication. ...Read more

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My boyfriend says that he has constricted pupils as a permanent side effect of long term heroin use?

My boyfriend says that he has constricted pupils as a permanent side effect of long term heroin use?

Questionable: Pupillary construction or miosis is one of the few effects of opiates (including heroin) that individuals do not develop a tolerance to. In other words, the pinpoint pupils should revert to normal or dilate after once the effect of the drug is gone. ...Read more

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Is "anxiety" associated with a constricted pupil or a dilated pupil?

Is "anxiety" associated with a constricted pupil or a dilated pupil?

Neither unless: Severe, then should be dilated due to sympathetic, not parasympathetic, stimulation. ...Read more

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When will constricted pupils after cataract surgery go away?

When will constricted pupils after cataract surgery go away?

Depends: Cataract surgery involves the substitution of an artificial lens for the removed and cloudy natural lens. This causes the iris to recede backwards in the eye as the new lens is smaller. This creates a smaller pupil and that is the usual expectation. On your next visit with your cataract surgeon bring this up as perhaps there is some remedy or other cause in your case. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a very constricted pupil after cataract surgery? What could be the reasons?

Is it normal to have a very constricted pupil after cataract surgery? What could be the reasons?

Not a problem: While the pupil is dilated during surgery, it rapidly goes back to undilated. Because the natural lens is much larger than the artificial lens, it pushes the iris forward giving some increase to pupillary size - which is what you are used to. After surgery then, the iris falls farther back and is smaller in many cases. Your surgeon can advise you on routine follow up for this. ...Read more

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If someone is scratching their skin, sweating, hyper & has constricted pupils is this a sign of drug abuse?

Maybe: I wouldn't make a diagnosis off those symptoms alone. If the pupils were dilated- would have wondered about methamphetamine. ...Read more

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Would diagnosed depressed person + epidural steroid injection = anxiety increased 10fold + always constricted pupils?

Would diagnosed depressed person + epidural steroid injection = anxiety increased 10fold + always constricted pupils?

Anxiety Yes: Anxiety definitely increases with steroid medications, whether taken orally like Prednisone or like you have with epidural steroid injection. Generally this symptom will resolve, but may take up to 2-3 weeks to resolve. Consider seeing your pcp to consider options in the meantime. Regarding your pupils, I am unsure. ...Read more

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In neurology what would u think of if patient on ssris had constricted pupils, mania, muscle contraction for 1whole year after a triggering event?

In neurology what would u think of if patient on ssris had constricted pupils, mania, muscle contraction for 1whole year after a triggering event?

Visit needed: I'd think such a person needs to see an experienced psychiatrist and may also need screening tests for various other drug use. If you've had mania and muscle contraction on zoloft (sertraline) for an entire year, you have not been getting sufficient care. Also, any "triggering events" need investigation so that you receive effective help with them. Eye effects are rare; mydriasis not pupil constriction. ...Read more

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Does Xanax (alprazolam) constrict your pupils?

Probably not: I don't recall ever seeing any pupillary constriction in my patients on xanax (alprazolam). ...Read more

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Every time I have flax seed I feel anxious and my pupils constrict is this normal?

Every time I have flax seed I feel anxious and my pupils constrict is this normal?

No: That is not normal at all, in fact I have never heard of this particular reaction to flax. While flax seed is not a common allergen, it sounds to me like you are allergic or sensitive to flax seeds. I would avoid eating them. ...Read more

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Does pilocarpine drop constrict the dialated pupil completely to the normal or does it shows very less constriction. How to verify if the drops work?

Does pilocarpine drop constrict the dialated pupil completely to the normal or does it shows very less constriction. How to verify if the drops work?

Miosis: Topical Pilocarpine is a pupillary constrictor. In a normal pupil the Pilocarpine will make the pupil smaller than normal. If the pupil has been previously dilated it will not necessarily constrict the pupil to normal or smaller. It depends on what dilated your pupil. Some dilating agents like Atropine are not reversed by pilocarpine. Weaker agents like mydriacl will be slowly over-come by pilo. ...Read more

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Why would a person's pupils stay constricted, i.E., not reactive to light? No medicinal changes have been made, and there has been no trauma.

Not a problem: It would likely depend on if this is something new (acute) or has been present for a long time. As long as they are equal in size that is ok. Pupils will be smaller in bright sunlight than in a dimly lite room. ...Read more

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What would cause the pupil to be constricted all of the time?

Many things: Pupillary asymmetry needs evaluation. Many issues can make a pupil smaller or make the fellow pupil larger, resulting in asymmetry. See an eye doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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One of my pupils is slightly larger than the other. No other symptoms. They constrict normally and react to light. Could it be a tumor?

Pupil: Most likely a problem in measuring pupil size. Can be tricky. Have someone take a picture of your eyes in a darkish room with no flash. Have Dr look at them. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my pupil is not constricted for 30 days after icl?

What do you suggest if my pupil is not constricted for 30 days after icl?

Unusual: This is unusual, as the dilating drops used during the procedure last about 1.5 days at the most. There could be some other reason such as too large of an ICL or high eye pressure causing pupil dilation (rare). Please see your ICL surgeon to see what is going on. ...Read more

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My doc says I have horners syndrome is it commonly benign commonly? One pupil doesn't constrict as much as the other

Is it ONLY the pupil: In order to diagnose Horner"s you must have the other symptoms. If it is only the pupil, we look for entirely different things. WHAT DID THE DR TELL YOU???? There are a variety of different things to consider if you have only pupil change, and an entirely different list of considerations if it is Horner's. Some of them are important and serious. ...Read more

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Is it true that a contracted abdomenal viscera causes the pupils to be more dilated and a more slack abdomen causes the pupils to be more constricted?

Is it true that a contracted abdomenal viscera causes the pupils to be more dilated and a more slack abdomen causes the pupils to be more constricted?

Intriguing: Abdominal muscle contraction would occur in animals involved in fight or flight (sympathetic response) as would pupillary dilation in order to see more. Relaxation (think rest, digestion, orgasm, & bladder & bowel evacuation) is a parasympathetic response; associated with reduced pupillary dilation. So is not so much one causes other, but that these effects would be aligned. Very interesting. ...Read more

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One of the pupil is fixed and dialated from long time. Pilocarpine was not able to constrict. Scan n eye check gives no clue.

Possibly: Traumatic. Could be fixed in dilation from old inflammatory disease. Not reacting to Pilocarpine rules out recent adies pupil but there are many other causes. ...Read more