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How to Get Rid of Dilated Pupils

The black center portion of the eye dilates in response to a number of situations which include a darkened room, brain injuries, and in response to certain medications. The ability to dilate or constrict the pupil of the eye is under the control of the central nervous system. Pupil width is typically a response to the amount of light present. In low light situations the pupil dilates to allow more light in aiding vision. When the light is very bright the pupil must constrict to protect the retina from damage. There are medications and certain medical conditions which also cause dilated pupils.
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In getting rid of dilated pupils it is important to know what caused them. The dilated pupils or one dilated pupil could be a response to brain injury. Warning signs are often only one dilated pupil that does not react to bright light along with other neurologic symptoms such as weakness, altered mental status, and/or a change in speech or gait. In this setting medical care should be sought immediately.

Medications, even over the counter drugs, can also cause dilated pupils. It is true drugs such as marijuana and cocaine dilate pupils but prescription medications to control seizures and medications to treat attention deficit disorders will also increase the pupil diameter. Changing medications may be an option to get rid of the dilated pupils, especially if visual problems occur. Over the counter drugs for stomach upsets and motion sickness will cause dilated pupils. If these are the culprit new remedies should be found.

Irritation of the either the cornea or the conjunctiva, protective coverings of the eye, can cause dilated pupils. To decrease the irritation remove any foreign bodies such as contacts and apply soothing, moisturizing eye drops. If the irritation does not quickly abate reducing the amount of pupil dilation see a physician to treat any possible infection.

If no causes can be found there are still ways to get rid of dilated pupils. Medications can be used to constrict the pupils. Eye drops specifically for this purpose contain medications such as phenyephedrine and pilocarpine. Patients with glaucoma use these drops to constrict their pupils decreasing interocular pressure. Care must be taken with constricted pupils also. The decreased light will protect the eye but it will make night vision difficult. Always take care to use appropriate eye wear. Do not drive or operate machinery with impaired vision.


  1. Dilated eyes all depend of how it got that way in the first place. If medication was used to dilate the eyes, then the best thing to do is to just wait it out. The dilated pupils will fade in a number of hours. Rinsing the eyes with moisturizing eye drops may help. However, applying two different eye drops might irritate the eyes even more. With this being said, the best thing to do for yourself and your eyes is to just wait it out. It may take a few hours, and it may take a few days, but you want your eyes to stop dilating when they’re ready. This would be the safest way. Hope this helped :]

  2. I do not know if i have dilated pupils but lately lights at night have been brighter and more vivid. It begun one night and never went away. They look pretty and brilliant even traffic lights amaze me but…is this normal?

  3. My fully blown pupil will not move at all, no matter how long it has been dilated or what drops are tried! An orbital fast speed marble was the cause. It blew on the third day after the injury. I suffer with a permanent Mydriasis. The sphincter muscle was torn/factured and cannot be fixed! While the muscle was dying the eye twiched/spasmed. I have photophobia and some vision loss. The prognosis is not good due to the pupil being exposed to UV rays etc,.

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