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My Pupils Are Huge!!! Anyone Else?


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I've had Anisocoria (pupils of unequal size) forever...discovered about 8-10 years ago. I only discovered how long I've had it by reviewing "red-eye" from old pictures...which makes it really easy to check your pupil size. You might want to check some pictures taken with flash to see if you've had this problem for some time or not...you may be surprised.

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yes, it means you have a lot of sympathetic activity. When I was in the hospital they would continually use a pen light to check my pupils and they wouldn't constrict. They have gotten a lot better but mine are still always on the larger side. I really hate fluorescent lighting because of this and always wear sunglasses.

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Holy cow!

My eyes have been this way my entire life.

My kid's are huge just like mine and they are totally wired!

I've been asked many times if I'm on drugs-several times by doctors 3 different doctors asked if I was on cocaine.

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I have also had huge pupils for a long long time. Since before high school I know for sure, and everyone always asks me and tells me they are huge! I ALWAYS have red eyes in pictures too when no one else does!!! That is crazy. Another problem I have been having with my eyes is seeing alot of floaters. Does anyone else have that?

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I've had the same red eye problem in photos for years. No one else seems to have them in these photos but me. I've become the 'devil woman' (song reference from the late 70s, Cliff Richards) with my family and friends. I also have large pupils, and they contract with bright light, but not as much as other peoples seem to.

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I don't tend to have abnormally large pupils, but my partner has noticed from time to time that my pupils are different sizes (not always, just occasionally). It doesn't seem to strongly correlate with particularly bad visual issues (the blurriness that is one of my major dysautonomia issues), though.

I do have super long tracers and many floaters, which in my case are worse on serotinergic drugs (my Seroquel and Cymbalta). In my case they're benign and due to neurotransmitter upregulation (palinopsia is the technical diagnosis).

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I always have large pupils. HUGE! People always comment on them. However, my left one is even larger than the right. Doctors always comment on that. It usually takes a bit of time for them to constrict as they should, but most of the time they do appropriately. Interestingly enough, all four of my kids have HUGE pupils as well... almost taking up their whole eyes.

I have always wondered what this means? It is autonomic or neurological?

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I found an eye doctor here in town that has an opto map machine to take pictures of my eyes since I can't use the drops to dilate my eyes. He informed me that when they dilate a person's eyes they open to the number 9, my eyes without being dilated are open to the number 6 all the time. He says it's almost to they point where he can see most of my eye through this machine without even dilating my eyes. It was very interesting to know the exact number my eyes were actually dilated to.

Maggie

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huge pupils can be an indicator of decreased acetycholine activity. Acetycholine is the neurotransmitter involved in the parasympathetic nervous system. If your sympathetic is over active that could be a symptom of it.

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I'm pretty sure the autonomic nervous system controls pupil dilation and restriction.

yes. The autonomic nervous system is in part modulated by the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, pupil dialation/constriction is effected by the parasympathetic neurotransmitter- acetycholine. The ANS is the big picture. The PNS and SNS are part of it.

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the autonomic systems absolutely DO have some of the control dilation and constriction of the pupils. Mine are particularly huge in the mornings.

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