How to Treat Anisocoria

Updated February 21, 2017

Anisocoria is a condition in which the two pupils, the black center of the eye, are of unequal size. Normally, this condition can be genetic and cause no problems, although sometimes anisocoria can by the symptom of a brain or nerve disease.

See a doctor. If you notice a sudden change in your pupil size or if your pupils have been different sizes for some amount of time, it is important to see your doctor right away. Doctors can order X-rays and MRIs which can point you in the direction of the correct treatment for anisocoia.

Take prescription medication. Depending on the cause of anisocoria, it can be treated with a variety of medications. These include cortisone to diminish swelling, anticonvulsant drugs to control seizures, antibiotics and anticancer drugs.

Look into surgery options. Although it is a risky treatment, surgery is an option and can be done to treat anisocoria. The surgery can repair the nerves and issues in the eyes which have caused the anisocoria. This treatment will fix the pupil and will treat the unequal pupil size.

Rest the eye. Cover the eye with a patch and get plenty of rest for the eye. If the eye does not have to work hard, it will be able to fix itself over time. Resting the eye is important for treating anisocoria.

Take OTC medication. Depending on the seriousness of the anisocoria, the condition can be treated using common medications. These medications can be pain relievers or eye drops that will help treat the eye.

Keeping a healthy lifestyle is essential to treating anisocoria, as it is with all medical conditions. This will help to keep the immune system strong and treat your anisocoria.

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