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Dr. Janice Alexander
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Tonic Pupil (Overview)

Tonic pupil is a pupil that is permanently dilated (large) due to damage to the nerve that controls the muscles that contract the pupil.


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What could tonic pupil be?

What could tonic pupil be?

Adies tonic pupil: Adies tonic pupil, the most common type is genetic and t=runs in families. There are other types of pupil abnormalities caused by trauma or medications. ...Read more

Dr. Janice Alexander
11 doctors shared insights

Tonic Pupil (Overview)

Tonic pupil is a pupil that is permanently dilated (large) due to damage to the nerve that controls the muscles that contract the pupil.


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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?

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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I have a condition called adie tonic pupil in my right eye for 4 years now. It's getting worse, blurred slightly, loss of fine detail. Is there help.

Yes: People with adie's tonic pupil will always have some focusing and light-sensitivity issues. The vision can be made a little better and the light sensitivitity reduced with the use of Pilocarpine eye drops. See an ophthalmologist for management. ...Read more

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What could tonic pupil be?

Adies tonic pupil: Adies tonic pupil, the most common type is genetic and t=runs in families. There are other types of pupil abnormalities caused by trauma or medications. ...Read more

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Tonic pupil -- need some info. Help please?

Tonic pupil -- need some info. Help please?

Adies and others: A tonic pupil is one that reacts to light very sluggishly if at all. It is typically larger than the other pupil, but can be the smaller of the two if present for a long time. The most common is adies tonic pupil which is benign and can be part of something called adies syndrome which is also fairly benign. There are some more serious conditions associated with tonic pupil. Go see your eye md. ...Read more

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I just wanted to know can opthamologist diagnose adie's tonic pupil?

Usually the first: Pupillary abnormalities are usually brought to the attention of an ophthalmologist as the logical choice. If the symptoms are suggestive, and the findings fit the pattern, then adie's pupil can be diagnosed. Early in the course of this largely benign condition, there is some ambiguity and you might have no diagnosis or a wrong diagnosis until the condition becomes clear cut. ...Read more

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Low-lying cerebellum or chiari accompany tonic pupil?

Low-lying cerebellum or chiari accompany tonic pupil?

Tonic pupil: Chiari malformation can cause tonic pupil. You need to see an eye doctor and a neurologist to rule out other causes though. ...Read more

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Is adie's tonic pupil a genetic disorder?

No: It is thought to be the result of nerve damage after a bacterial or viral infrection. ...Read more

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Is a tonic pupil a genetic disorder?

Not necessarily: Adies tonic pupil, the most common type is genetic and t=runs in families. There are other types of pupil abnormalities caused by trauma or medications. ...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