It is also known as:
- Adie's Tonic Pupil and
- Holmes-Adie's Syndrome, among other names.
Adie's Syndrome refers to a neurological condition affecting the pupil of an 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).
Pupils affected by Adie's Syndrome react abnormally poorly to changes in light level.
Adie's Syndrome is also characterized 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 affected (unilateral).
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