Aide's pupil can be the result of nerve damage so I was given a brain scan and told to return in a few weeks when the results were through.
Thankfully the brain scan was clear. When I returned to see the optical eye expert (there must be a proper name for such a person) he had invited a colleague to sit in as we who suffer with this syndrome are apparantly quite rare.
With my head strapped into his eye inspection device the magnifying glass zoomed into my pupil and he was able to share my rare spectacle with his delighted fellow practitioner.
So what is it? They aren't really sure. Could be caused by trauma or a viral attack or inherited. Either way the symptoms are mainly a pupil that will not dilate or at least not quickly. So moving from a dark room to bright sunshine one pupil will close to reduce the light intake but not an Aide's pupil.
Once diagnosed and reassured there is, as far as they know, nothing to worry about, I carried on with my life and began wondering when this would have started. It occured to me that for many years when I came out of bright sunshine into a dark room, there has been a dark shadow to my left side, my Aide's pupil side, that slowly dissappeares allowing me to see in the relative darkness where as my right eye would adjust quicker.
While on holiday in Australia I asked a young woman for directions, and as she instructed me I could spot that one pupil was not responding like her other. I asked her if she had an aide pupil, and with a little hesitancy she told me she had. I said to her 'we are one in a million' she smiled as we parted.
Strange thing is, my left Aide eye is my better eye for reading and close work but as I age even that is not what it used to be. Time will tell if this condition leads to anything more serious but for now I'll enjoy being a one in a million.
I would like to know if this condition is more prevalent with certain iris colours, my eyes are blue. Does anyone know of any research in this area?
* Is it Aide or Adie?
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