October 13, 2012,
J.W. asks from Cumby, TX on May 08, 2008
Daughter's Eyes Dialated. Is This Normal?
My 7 year old's eyes are almost always dialated the pupils are so big they almost cover all of the blue.sometimes they are normal size.It's been going on for a long time. Lighting doesn't effect the size. She has had normal eye exams. the DR didn't notice. at the time I didn't think to say anything. She reads great(in the top 3 of her class) does fine in softball ect.I didn't think much of it until someone asked me why they were so big. She is not on any meds so I don't have a clue what could cause this. Please if you have any idea inlighten me! Thanks for your help.
M.B. answers from Dallas on May 09, 2008
The dilated pupils can be a sign of autonomic dysfunction, which can relate to the bedwetting problem in your other post. You really need to get your daughter to a doctor. It really makes me personally wonder if she's not being exposed to mold at school (that's quite common)or even home. About 25% of the people that are exposed can get ill and get weird health problems like this. You can google: autonomic dysfunction and both your daughters health problems individually and find medical journal articles and you can google autonomic dysfunction and mold and find more articles. There's a good website: www.schoolmoldhelp.org
And, note that it doesn't have to be visible mold for it to be a problem. For example, they recently found mold in the walls of one of the first grade classrooms at Wellington Elementary in Flower Mound. My son had this same problem wetting himself (only time he's EVER done that) when he was there in first grade several years back. He only lasted 3 weeks in that classroom as he just did not do well.
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M.M. answers from Dallas on May 09, 2008
Have your ped refer her to a pediatric optamologist. That way your insurance company will cover it. We had to have that done with our 14 month old because of different sized pupils. One of them does not react well to light, and it is a different size. I had to go to her ped first, and then she referred me to Dr. Anne Ranelle in Fort Worth. She and her office staff are wonderful.
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S.W. answers from Dallas on May 09, 2008
I agree - talk to your doctor or take her to an eye doctor. I have very sensitive/reactive pupils and always have, but that doesn't affect my vision (other than needing sunglasses sometimes if it's really bright outside). It may just be natural, but might as well have it checked out just in case.
M. answers from Dallas on May 09, 2008
My hubby is a nurse...I know that dilated pupils can mean a myriad of issues from nerve to heart to behavioral...or it could be nothing. I mentioned this to my hubby and he said the one thing he would be most concerned about is the fact that you said light does not effect them. If you have a small flashlight...try to stand in a dimmer (not completely dark, just dimmer) room and separate her eyes with a hand or a notecard, etc. Shine the light into each eye moving from her side into her eye while she looks straight ahead. If you still get no pupil reaction (they should get smaller), then they aren't reactive to light and I would definitely get her looked at again. Even if they seem ok, you may want to try looking at D Magazine online and looking for the top Docs in Dallas...and choosing a good opthamologist from the list and let someone else take a look at her. Let us know how it goes or if you have any other questions!!!!
J.W. answers from Dallas on May 09, 2008
Get her to a pediatric or family eye doctor. Better safe to check it out. Or, call your pediatrician and ask if they would take a look and see what they think.
Doctors don't always know if, during a check-up, the eyes are like that due to the exam room, etc. Bring it up and just get them checked.
L.P. answers from Fort Wayne on October 13, 2012
Lage pupils can mean adrenal glands. I would find a natropathic doctor who studies iridology. You would be surprised at what they can tell you.