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contact in my right eye, the pupil in that eye is a little smaller

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I have a contact in my right eye, the pupil in that eye is a little smaller than than the left. Is that normal? Actually this may have always been the case but just noticed it
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.

Dr. Rick :

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Dr. Rick :

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JACUSTOMER-1thlhwl7- :

yes, i am

Dr. Rick :

Hi.

Dr. Rick :

A small difference in the size of your pupils is not a problem. This is called physiologic anisocoria and is not a sign of a more serious problem.

JACUSTOMER-1thlhwl7- :

Does the contact in one eye make a difference

Dr. Rick :

no. that shouldn't hurt anything.

JACUSTOMER-1thlhwl7- :

I guess what I want clarified is whether or not a contact in the one eye could be the reason for the small size difference in that eye

JACUSTOMER-1thlhwl7- :

I chose to have one contact in my eye rather than have lasik surgery since I could tolerate the contact, Works well. I have no other symptoms and feel pretty well. I am a nurse and you know how that can be. You know just enough to scare yourself

Dr. Rick :

no. Wearing one contact, such as in monovision, would not be expected to cause the small size difference in pupil size. It may be, just as you stated, that you have recently noticed it while you were dealing with your contacts. It is within normal variations to have up to a millimeter difference in your pupils -- and a millimeter looks like a large amount when you are talking about pupil size!

Dr. Rick :

It is the same with being an ophthalmologist and your kids get sick :o)

JACUSTOMER-1thlhwl7- :

I had an eye exam six months ago. have had the one contact for 5 years now and don't know why I noticed it now. But you have made me feel better. It isn't as though it is really a huge amount of size change, sometimes I have to really look at it. But thank you so much. I am satis fied with your answer and I wish you a happy new year

Dr. Rick :

It is my pleasure. You have a great 2011 also

JACUSTOMER-1thlhwl7- :

Bye Bye thank you

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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
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