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When should you see your doctor about large pupils?

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See your doctor or ophthalmologist for an exam if your pupils are enlarged and they don't get smaller in bright light. Get emergency help if you've had a head injury and your pupils look larger -- especially if one pupil is bigger than the other.

From: Why Do My Pupils Look Big? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "Pharmacologic Dilation of Pupil," "What Can Cause A Fixed Pupil?" "What to Expect When Your Eyes Are Dilated."

Benjamin, W., Borish, I. , Butterworth-Heinemann, 2006. Borish's Clinical Refraction

Headway: the Brain Injury Association: "Treatment and Recovery."

Lee, Andrew G., et al. Slack Inc., 2009. Curbside Consultation in Neuro-ophthalmology: 49 Clinical Questions,

Mayo Clinic: "Traumatic brain injury: Tests and diagnosis."

Moorfields Eye Hospital: "Anatomy of the eye."

The Discovery Eye Foundation: "Pupils Respond to More Than Light."

University of Illinois Extension: "Warning Signs and Symptoms of Common Illegal Drugs."

University of Maryland School of Medicine: "Anticholinergic or Sympathomimetic."

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on August 6, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "Pharmacologic Dilation of Pupil," "What Can Cause A Fixed Pupil?" "What to Expect When Your Eyes Are Dilated."

Benjamin, W., Borish, I. , Butterworth-Heinemann, 2006. Borish's Clinical Refraction

Headway: the Brain Injury Association: "Treatment and Recovery."

Lee, Andrew G., et al. Slack Inc., 2009. Curbside Consultation in Neuro-ophthalmology: 49 Clinical Questions,

Mayo Clinic: "Traumatic brain injury: Tests and diagnosis."

Moorfields Eye Hospital: "Anatomy of the eye."

The Discovery Eye Foundation: "Pupils Respond to More Than Light."

University of Illinois Extension: "Warning Signs and Symptoms of Common Illegal Drugs."

University of Maryland School of Medicine: "Anticholinergic or Sympathomimetic."

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on August 6, 2019

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