Why is one pupil bigger than other?

    • Anonymous
      May 15, 2007 at 5:42 pm

      Dell is 3. We’re in the hospital for 5 days of solumedrol (iv steriods). I’ve noticed for some time now that his right eye is not quite right, fluttering at times.

      He has a opthmalogist but we haven’t seen him in about a year, I have not taken the time to make an appt., we’re too busy going to neurologist and orthopedic drs.

      I don’t know how long the pupil has been bigger in the right eye. Sometimes, he will close the left eye when he looks at something. He tested negative for Miller Fisher.

      Thanks for any input.


    • Anonymous
      May 15, 2007 at 7:28 pm

      I’m not sure if this Dell’s problem but when I am having double vision I close one eye to see better. My eyes are sluggish to react to light but I don’t have any tremors. I would mention it to the Dr.

    • Anonymous
      May 15, 2007 at 9:20 pm

      I forgot to add something. Dell’s right eye, the one that flutters and has the larger pupil gets red under the eye and also on the eye lid. It looks like he’s been rubbing it but he hasn’t.

      Just wanted to add this in case it sparks someone’s memory.

      Thanks, LOri

    • Anonymous
      May 15, 2007 at 9:55 pm

      Hold up a small object (small toy, marker or your finger) in front of him & have him follow it with his eyes while keeping his head straight. Do it a few times & watch both eyes to see if they are both moving TOGETHER. If one is slower then make note of it. If one isn’t moving all the way to one side then make note of that as well.

      Also have him follow the object up & down – just moving his eyes – and note the same things from above.

      Since you are still in the hospital ask if they have a pediatric opthamologist on staff that can come by and take a quick look at his eyes.

      As soon as you get home make sure you call to make an appointment with the eye dr. He should get his eyes dialated & a thorough exam should be done. Just because he tested negative for MF, doesn’t mean that the CIDP isn’t affecting his eyes.

      Emily’s right eye used to get pink like you are describing as well. The only time it does that is when it’s “bad”. And she does rub it…I just don’t catch her all the time. She also pulls her eye lid out away from her eye using her eyelashes. The MDA neurologist tried to tell me that was a stress reliever but I believe it’s because she’s not getting movement with that eye & the eye gets dried out easily & gets irritated.

      I’m not sure on pupil size though. I’ve never really paid much attention to that because my main concern was always the actual movement.

      How is Dell doing? How was your Mother’s Day? When are you going home?


    • Anonymous
      May 15, 2007 at 10:45 pm

      It would not hurt at this time to make an appointment with a neuro opthmalogist. Mine was very informative with all my exams. He knew about GBS/CIDP and all the other variants like MF.

      Think that maybe the eye is dry and that is why it is itchy? It can not hurt to try giving liquid tears from a bottle to see if that helps also with the irritation. Now is a hard time because so many are dealing with high pollen counts and allergies to all kinds of things. Worthy trying.

    • Anonymous
      May 16, 2007 at 11:44 pm

      I had Miller Fisher, but even now, even though i am pretty much back to normal, i know when i am tired one pupil will invariably be bigger than the other. I put it down to “one of those weird GBS things” 🙂

    • Anonymous
      May 18, 2007 at 2:16 pm

      Wanted to update all my friends. The pediatric opthamologist THINKS Dell is seeing fine. He said the pupils being a different size does not upset him, it only shows the demylination has affected the back of the eye area.

      The flutter is called adduction mystagness. He is consulting a dr. at the NIH about that, he says he’s never seen a case like Dell’s before.

      It seems like many drs. say those kinds of things and that is not what I want to hear. I will call him next week regarding the mystagness.

      Thanks for your help, Lori