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Have migraines but head is starting to really hurt for no reason now and one eye is dilated while other is fine. Why would that happen to my eye?

Have migraines but head is starting to really hurt for no reason now and one eye is dilated while other is fine. Why would that happen to my eye?

Cyclical Migraine?: Partial or total ophthalmoplegia of the third cranial nerve, the oculomotor nerve, can occur during cyclic migraine. This may include pupillary dilation. See http://www. Headaches. Org/content/childrens-headache-disorders for a review. Nevertheless, if experiencing progressive neurological loss, you should present to an emergency room immediately. Otherwise, visit a neuro-ophthalmologist.

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What does it mean for eyes to be dilated?

What does it mean for eyes to be dilated?

Open the pupil: Dilation occurs naturally in less well lit places. It can be artificially induced by a drug called tropicamide which is the common one that ophthalmologists use for their examinations. There are other drops that can dilate the pupil. A pupil dilated by drugs is larger and usually does not react to light.

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Can you tell me is having one eye dilated serious?

Can you tell me is having one eye dilated serious?

Possibly: All physicians are aware that a single dilated eye precedes death in a number of brain conditions. There are also a number of less lethal conditions that can cause a dilated pupil. See an ophthalmologist for evaluation.

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How painful is the sting from having one's eyes dilated?

How painful is the sting from having one's eyes dilated?

Minor: Dilation involves the application of eyedrops for that purpose that might sting a little for 3-5 seconds, but after that there is no discomfort. You might feel some light sensitivity later until the dilation ends.

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Will both irises dilate and shrink in unison if one eye has an opaque cataract but not the other?

Will both irises dilate and shrink in unison if one eye has an opaque cataract but not the other?

Normal yes: It is important that both irises respond in unison as described. If there is a disconnect, it can be a sign of more serious conditions and should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist/neurologist.

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One pupil is slightly more dilated than the other, my mom has been rubbing her eyes all day. Help?

One pupil is slightly more dilated than the other, my mom has been rubbing her eyes all day. Help?

New problem?: If this difference in pupil size is new, it must be checked out by a doctor. An eye that is inflamed can have an abnormal pupil size. On the other hand, almost a third of people in the world normally have unequal pupils.

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Please let me know what is the condition that causes ones eyes to be dilated most of the time.?

Please let me know what is the condition that causes ones eyes to be dilated most of the time.?

Pupil size: Varies from person to person and gets smaller as one ages. Some people have naturally large pupils.

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14-yr-old son. Had eye exam today, drops were given. One eye dilated much more than the other, and is taking longer to contract. Is this normal?

14-yr-old son. Had eye exam today, drops were given. One eye dilated much more than the other, and is taking longer to contract. Is this normal?

Common: This depends upon the amount of the drop that was absorbed, and the internal biochemical neutralizing that the eye accomplishes. Wait 12-24 hours to see the final result which almost certainly will be fine.

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One pupil is slightly more dilated then the other. I got sheetrock dust in my eye tonight, and then flushed with water. Could this cause anisocoria?

One pupil is slightly more dilated then the other. I got sheetrock dust in my eye tonight, and then flushed with water. Could this cause anisocoria?

Most likely not: Getting dust in the eye may cause some irritation with redness, watering or pain which resolves in a few days unless debris remains in the eye to cause inflammation or infection. Anisocoria is usually an accidental benign finding and depending on its appearance, may need some work up to determine its etiology. Good luck??

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How often is a dilation eye exam recommended if no symptoms exist? Which one is better? Digital retina exam or dilated eye exam?

How often is a dilation eye exam recommended if no symptoms exist? Which one is better? Digital retina exam or dilated eye exam?

Depends: At your age, & depending on your eye health, a dilated exam every 3 years is probably sufficient. For myopia yearly exams usually are desirable to check on prescription changes. My strong preference is for dilated exams with hi-powered diagnostic indirect lenses to evaluate the posterior part of your eyes. Digital retinal imaging exams (Retincamâ„¢) work for big pathologies, but not micro-detailed

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How long will it take my pupil to go back to normal size after vitrectomy w/gas bubble insertion? My eye still looks dilated one week post op.

How long will it take my pupil to go back to normal size after vitrectomy w/gas bubble insertion? My eye still looks dilated one week post op.

Depends on meds: Your surgeon likely used a postoperative mydriatic/cycloplegic agent that keeps your pupil dilated & you ciliary muscle relaxed, both to ease postoperative pain. Occasionally, if laser endophotocoagulation is used during the vitrectomy, there is an infrequent occurence of residual mydriasis (iridoplegia) from laser damage of the short ciliary nerves. Most cases: dilation may last few weeks.

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Mom had good bev hills blepharoplasty. Went for eye exam dilate. One lid drooped more for 4hr. Due to wrong dose or muscle? Her dad had oc mya gravis

Mom had good bev hills blepharoplasty. Went for eye exam dilate. One lid drooped more for 4hr. Due to wrong dose or muscle? Her dad had oc mya gravis

Eyelid Drooping: Most pupil dilating drops are parasympathetic antagonists that act by paralyzing the iris sphincter muscle. It is possible that the medication also relaxed (or temporarily paralyzed) one of the small muscles that elevates the eyelid - likely mueller's muscle which lifts the lid via sympathetic stimulation (opposite the effect of dilating drops). Get it checked out if symptoms recur on their own.

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Orbital floor fracture hyphema one month now but vision blur eye dilated still pain on face what to do?

Orbital floor fracture hyphema one month now but vision blur eye dilated still pain on face what to do?

Complex issue: You have orbital fracture, with blood in side the eye, a complex issue need facial trauma specialist ; trauma trained eye surgeon, need evaluation of other injuries, seek the help of a large medical centre close to you, with out delay.

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Twice in 2 months I've woken up with my right pupil dilated with my left one reactive to light. No head injury. It becomes normal by midday.?

Twice in 2 months I've woken up with my right pupil dilated with my left one reactive to light. No head injury. It becomes normal by midday.?

Phone?: Tumor and syphillis and MS would be unlikely if the symptoms improve daily. Some people read their bright phone in a dark room with one eye on a pillow in he morning. Your eyes might react funny for a while afterwards.

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Is it possible for one eye (my right) to be dialated more than my left and if so what should I do?

Is it possible for one eye (my right) to be dialated more than my left and if so what should I do?

See an eye doctor: While minimal dilation may be normal, it could be a sign of a problem. You should see your eye doctor.

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Is having your eyes dialated one day after another harmful to your eyes?

Is having your eyes dialated one day after another harmful to your eyes?

No: If it has been determined by your eye md to be safe to dilate your eyes, then it's fine to have eyes dilated on consecutive days.

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When the obgyn says she can feel the baby's head bounce and you are 1/2 CM dilated what does that mean?

When the obgyn says she can feel the baby's head bounce and you are 1/2 CM dilated what does that mean?

Good signs: This means that the babies head is in good position for labor. The bouncing doesn't really mean much. But the head being down and able to be touched is good. During labor the cervix opens to 10 cm. So you're now at 1/2 cm. A ways to go, but a good sign that the cervix is getting ready. Good luck!

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My pancreatict duct was 6mm dilated with abrupt cut in head NOW its 2.7mm it means I have cured frm chro. Pancreatitis. Idiopathic. CAN DUCT AGIN ENLARGE?

My pancreatict duct was 6mm dilated with abrupt cut in head NOW its 2.7mm it means I have cured frm chro. Pancreatitis. Idiopathic. CAN DUCT AGIN ENLARGE?

Chronic pancreatitis: Unfortunately chronic pancreatitis can be managed but not cured. The duct may or may not enlarge again. It is important to be aware that slight dilatation (? 2.5 mm) of the main pancreatic duct appears to be a sign of high risk for pancreatic cancer. The systematic examination of high-risk patients is recommended for the early detection of pancreatic cancer to improve the outcome

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Truamaic eye dialted from one month. Used pilocarpine drop but vision got blur what to do?

Truamaic eye dialted from one month. Used pilocarpine drop but vision got blur what to do?

Try lesser strength: It is possible that you could use a lesser strength of pilocarpine. This would reduce the visual blur. A compounding pharmacy can prepare a lesser concentration with a doctor's order.

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