pupillary dilalation and unknown eye problem 
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 pupillary dilalation and unknown eye problem

Hello,

I have a couple of questions.  First, I had my left eye(brown) dilated
around 3:30pm Tues and it is now around ll am Wed and my eye is still
dilated, is this normal?  

The possible diagnosis of my problem is optical headaches.  I was
wondering if anyone else has had the following symptoms and what their
diagnoses was: In my left peripheal vision I get a vibrating and wavy
vision.  If I close my eyes and put my hands in front of them, I get a
curved chain of bright white light in the upper left corner of left eye.
I've had four recent episodes and they last about 5 minutes. I have
recently (past 3 months) started using a computer.  I spend quite a few
hours looking at the monitor and I am now wondering if that could be the
problem. Also, for the past 6 months I have had an occassional
problem with flickering vision, especially when I look down.

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

Thank you,

Judy



Sun, 10 Jan 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 pupillary dilalation and unknown eye problem

Quote:

> I have a couple of questions.  First, I had my left eye(brown) dilated
> around 3:30pm Tues and it is now around ll am Wed and my eye is still
> dilated, is this normal?

Could be. It depends upon which drug was used and at what concentration.

Or not. You mention that it is your left eye that remains dilated---what
of the right? If it reacts normally to light and the left doesn't, get
back to the doc. (I would hope by now you've done that, or your better. )
If they are both non-responsive or slow and only partially responsive to
light but somewhat unequal,  they'll get straightened out soon. So by now
you're probably back on track, so on to the next question.....

Quote:

> The possible diagnosis of my problem is optical headaches.  I was
> wondering if anyone else has had the following symptoms and what their
> diagnoses was: In my left peripheal vision I get a vibrating and wavy
> vision.  If I close my eyes and put my hands in front of them, I get a
> curved chain of bright white light in the upper left corner of left eye.
> I've had four recent episodes and they last about 5 minutes. I have
> recently (past 3 months) started using a computer.  I spend quite a few
> hours looking at the monitor and I am now wondering if that could be the
> problem. Also, for the past 6 months I have had an occassional
> problem with flickering vision, especially when I look down.

The possible diagnosis is called ophthalmic migraine, a not uncommon,
recurring condition which may or may not be associated with headaches,
nausua, etc. Your symptoms are textbook classic,  almost trademark
migraine. BUT: If they return with increasing frequency and last longer,
or are associated with any other neurological symptoms such as tingling or
numbness in part of your face or hands, speach difficulty---anything else
unusual, do seek urgent medical care.  

It is unlikely that the computer monitor is the direct cause, but it could
be contributory, especially if you neck/head position is compressing a
{*filter*} vessel going to your eyes. Or maybe even if your job or computer
stresses you out to the max.

Just a few ideas. Your mileage may vary.

Hope your better!

Larry

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Larry Bickford, OD
{*filter*} and Pediatric Vision Care
Santa Barbara, Ca.

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Tue, 12 Jan 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 pupillary dilalation and unknown eye problem

Quote:

> Hello,

> I have a couple of questions.  First, I had my left eye(brown) dilated
> around 3:30pm Tues and it is now around ll am Wed and my eye is still
> dilated, is this normal?  

It depends upon the drug and doseage used for dilation. Usually the pupil
returns to normal size and function within 12 hours of routine dilation.
As you have brown eyes, you may have had a higher dose of the dilating
agent used, and it *may* be taking longer to clear from your system. If
you're concerned, re-check with the OD.

Quote:

> The possible diagnosis of my problem is optical headaches.  I was
> wondering if anyone else has had the following symptoms and what their
> diagnoses was: In my left peripheal vision I get a vibrating and wavy
> vision.  If I close my eyes and put my hands in front of them, I get a
> curved chain of bright white light in the upper left corner of left eye.
> I've had four recent episodes and they last about 5 minutes. I have
> recently (past 3 months) started using a computer.  I spend quite a few
> hours looking at the monitor and I am now wondering if that could be the
> problem. Also, for the past 6 months I have had an occassional
> problem with flickering vision, especially when I look down.

> Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

> Thank you,

> Judy


The problems may be due to an interruption in the regularity of {*filter*} flow to
part of the visual pathway. Visual stress from inappropriate near vision
has also been held out as a possible causatory factor in the symptoms you
describe.   See a behavioural optometrist who can check your near-vision
functional status and advise on the possible suitability of near-point stress
relieving lenses.

Regards,

Richard
--
Richard Allen BSc FCOptom FAAO DCLP
Optometrist & Contact Lens Practitioner
Colchester Vision Therapy Centre



Fri, 15 Jan 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 
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