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Adie’s Tonic Pupil

Last updated March 12, 2018

Approved by: Maulik P. Purohit MD, MPH

Adie Syndrome is a rare, neurological condition characterized by dilated pupils that react slowly to external stimuli such as light. While vision and reactivity of the eyes is lowered in those with Adie Syndrome, it is not a progressive or life-threatening condition.


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  • Adie Syndrome is a rare, neurological condition characterized by dilated pupils that react slowly to external stimuli such as light. While vision and reactivity of the eyes is lowered in those with Adie Syndrome, it is not a progressive or life-threatening condition
  • Occasionally, individuals with the condition may have one pupil that is constricted and smaller than the other pupil
  • The condition generally affects young women in the 20-40 age groups. Currently, the exact cause of Adie syndrome has not been identified and it cannot be prevented
  • Adie Syndrome presents with dilated pupil that react slowly to light, increased sensitivity to light, difficulty reading, and increased sweating. There are no disabling complications associated with this disorder
  • Treatments include wearing eye glasses to correct vision-related defects and the use of prescription eye drops. With appropriate treatment, the prognosis of Adie Syndrome is good

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First uploaded: July 12, 2017
Last updated: March 12, 2018