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We're learning about pupillary reflexes in school. What does it mean if if the reflex to light is equal but slow?
Miosis: It means both eyes are responding equally to light but slowly. ...Read more
Good nerves: Some people have naturally brisk reflexes. If brisk reflexes are present at an early age and equal on the two sides, usually nothing wrong. Pathologically brisk reflexes can occur: a. If nervous system is overstimulated (hyperthyroid, crack, fright etc) or if the reflex centers become disinhibited by brain or spinal cord disease, . ...Read more
Space between eyes: This is a number needed by eyeglass makers to properly space the optical centers on eyeglasses and it is the exact distance between the centers of the two pupils when the eyes fixate at a distance. It is needed on a prescription from an optical shop (termed P.D.) and you would need it if you order eyeglasses online. ...Read more
Acid reflux: Acid reflux or gerd technically is caused by poor tone of the sphincter that opens and closes between the esophogus (tube from mouth to stomach) and the stomach. This allows food to come back up with the stomach acid. It may also be caused from a lack of stomach acid that allows food to sit in the stomach too long and then can reflux back up. The stomach acid helps break down the food. ...Read more
Babinski sign: Babinski's reflex occurs when the big toe moves toward the top surface of the foot and the other toes fan out after the sole of the foot has been firmly stroked. The reflex is found in infants and disappears by the age 2 as the nervous system develops. The presence of a babinski's reflex after age 2 is a sign of damage to the nerve paths connecting the spinal cord and the brain. ...Read more