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I woke up one morning and one of my pupils was dilated, is this serious?

I woke up one morning and one of my pupils was dilated, is this serious?

Potentially: It could be secondary to local contact with a medication, trauma or something putting pressure on on of the nerves to the eye. I would have it evaluated without delay. ...Read more

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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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One of my pupils is dilated to almost twice the size of the other. What can cause this?

One of my pupils is dilated to almost twice the size of the other.  What can cause this?

Anisocoria: Anisocoria refers to unequal pupils. Physiologic anisocoria is very common and normal in up to 20% of people. The variation should be no more than 1mm and both eyes should react normally to light. It can be dangerous if it is a form of horner's syndrome (e.g. Carotid dissection) or from damage to the third nerve (e.g. Aneurysmal expansion) so you should get it checked out! ...Read more

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How lonv will my pupils stay dilated after glaucoma test?

How lonv will my pupils stay dilated after glaucoma test?

Depends: Visual field testing doesn't require dilation. Oct can also be performed without dilation although in some patients the signal strength and accuracy of the measurements can improve with dilation. Optic nerve photography is also best performed dilated stereo photographs are preferable. Dilation can last fabout 2-10 hours depending on the drugs used and color of the iris. Blue is more sensitive. ...Read more

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I am on medicine for add and it makes my pupils really dilated. Is there any way i can be avoid this?

I am on medicine for add and it makes my pupils really dilated. Is there any way i can be avoid this?

Contact your doctor: Medications all have potential adverse reactions, and there is likely multiple choices to handle your problems. Since you do not list your medication, it is impossible to assess how to modify dosing or select alternatives. Have a lengthy visit with your doctor and assess other choices. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm on medicine for add and it makes my pupils really dilated, is there any way I can get rid of this?

Not really: This is indeed a side effect of many of the stimulant drugs used to treat ADD/ADHD. You can see if a lower dose is still helpful for your symptoms and will make this side effect less likely. Alternatively, you could ask your doctor about alternative treatments using non-stimulant medications and/or behavioral therapy. However, none of these work as well as stimulant meds if truly dealing with ADD ...Read more

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Both times i've used dextromethorphan (generic capsule with no other active ingredients) my pupils became dilated for a day. Should i avoid it now?

Both times i've used dextromethorphan (generic capsule with no other active ingredients) my pupils became dilated for a day. Should i avoid it now?

Depends: Is that the only side effect you encountered?Did it negatively affect you otherwise? To me if the medication did you more good than the side effects bothered you, i would consider it an option you could use with this in mind. ...Read more

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How much time do my pupils stay dilated after my eye exam?

Several hours: It really depends on the drops used at your doctors office. The standard drops used can keep pupils dilated between 4-6 hours. However, in some patients the drops can keep the pupils dilated for up to 24 hours. ...Read more

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Having dizziness, blurry vision and constant head pressure for more than a year. Now, my pupils are dilated. Is this normal?

See a doc: The symptoms you describe above warrant a visit to your doctor. It is possibly that blurry vision may be causing headaches. The solution may be as simple as a pair of glasses. ...Read more

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My pupils are always dilated. People are always accusing me of being on drugs or something. Is there any simple meds to shrink them back?

Dilated pupils: Dilated pupils can be caused by medication, specifically anti depressents or anti histamines. Treatment is usually removing the cause. ...Read more