Pupils that are always dilated -- what does this mean?
March 22, 2007 7:21 AM Subscribe
People always comment that my pupils are dilated. As far as I know they have always been more dilated than other people's. But why? I have heard heaps of "reasons", but they seem pretty mythical.
posted by mjao to health & fitness (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Here are some things that I have heard about why I may have eternally-dilated pupils:
–I'm in some sort of permanent state of arousal
–I'm a bit more anxious than others (i.e., always in fight-or-flight mode)
–I am a more sexual person
–I am more alert than others
–I have a super-slightly slipped disc somewhere on my spine which could be corrected by a chiropractor!
–I have weak pigment in my retina (I do have problems with glare as well)
–blah blah blah
Have there been any studies done? Is there any real reason why my pupils are always dilated? It doesn't bother me, in fact I quite like it -- but whenever I meet new people I am reminded, because invariably somebody assumes that I am on drugs.
Specifically, I'll get people who confess to me a month or so after first meeting me, that they thought I was completely flaky, and it took them a while to realise I was smart, purely because they thought I was high due to my pupils.
Could this signify a health problem, even though my eyes have always been this way?
I welcome anecdotes as well!