Adie's Syndrome is a term whose meaning
is the same as Adie's
Pupil and Tonic
It is also known as Adie's Tonic Pupil and as Holmes-Adie's
Syndrome, among other names.
Adie's Syndrome refers to a neurological condition affecting
eye and the autonomic nervous system, and named after British Physician
William John Adie (1886-1935) and, in the case of the name "Holmes-Adie's
Syndrome" also British Neurologist Sir G.M. Holmes (1876-1965).
Affected pupils are "dilated", that
is the dark/black central "pupil" is larger than normal,
due to damage to the nerves
to the ciliary
muscle (of the eye) and the iris
(of the eye).
Pupils affected by Adie's Syndrome react abnormally
poorly to changes in light level.
Adie's Syndrome is also characterised by high sensitivity
to dilute 0.1% pilocarpine drops - which hardly affects normal pupils
but causes marked constriction (reduction in size/diameter) in the pupil
of an eye affected by Adie's Syndrome.
This condition usually affects only women and is not considered life-threatening.
Both eyes may be affected (bilateral) but in most cases only one eye is
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