Commentary on medical news by a practicing physician.

  • Epocrates MedSearch Drug Lookup


    "When many cures are offered for a disease, it means the disease is not curable" -Anton Chekhov

    ''Once you tell people there's a cure for something, the more likely they are to pressure doctors to prescribe it.''
    -Robert Ehrlich, drug advertising executive.

    "Opinions are like sphincters, everyone has one." - Chris Rangel

    email: medpundit-at-ameritech.net

    or if that doesn't work try:


    Medpundit RSS

    Quirky Museums and Fun Stuff

    Who is medpundit?

    Tech Central Station Columns

    Book Reviews:
    Read the Review

    Read the Review

    Read the Review

    More Reviews

    Second Hand Book Reviews


    Medical Blogs


    DB's Medical Rants

    Family Medicine Notes

    Grunt Doc




    Code Blog: Tales of a Nurse

    Feet First

    Tales of Hoffman

    The Eyes Have It


    SOAP Notes


    Cut-to -Cure

    Black Triangle



    Kevin, M.D

    The Lingual Nerve

    Galen's Log



    Doctor Mental



    Finestkind Clinic and Fish Market

    The Examining Room of Dr. Charles

    Chronicles of a Medical Mad House



    Health Facts and Fears

    Health Policy Blogs

    The Health Care Blog

    HealthLawProf Blog

    Facts & Fears

    Personal Favorites

    The Glittering Eye

    Day by Day


    The Business Word Inc.

    Point of Law

    In the Pipeline


    Tim Blair

    Jane Galt

    The Truth Laid Bear

    Jim Miller

    No Watermelons Allowed

    Winds of Change

    Science Blog

    A Chequer-Board of Night and Days

    Arts & Letters Daily

    Tech Central Station





    The Skeptic's Dictionary

    Recommended Reading

    The Doctor Stories by William Carlos Williams

    Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82 by Elizabeth Fenn

    Intoxicated by My Illness by Anatole Broyard

    Raising the Dead by Richard Selzer

    Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

    The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks

    The Sea and Poison by Shusaku Endo

    A Midwife's Tale by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich



    American Academy of Pediatrics

    General Health Info

    Travel Advice from the CDC

    NIH Medical Library Info



    Saturday, February 10, 2007

    The Blunted Eye: Thanks to everyone who sent good wishes for my son and his eye. He's two weeks out from the injury now. His eye pressures are back to normal, and the blood has cleared. But he's torn his iris and has developed a post-traumatic cataract.

    He can see well enough from the eye to identify who we are, but he can't read facial expressions. Luckily, he came with two eyes. He goes to the special specialist in a couple of weeks to find out what, if any, repair can be done.

    posted by Sydney on 2/10/2007 04:13:00 PM 5 comments


    Wow, what a terrible time for you and your son. Good luck to you both.

    On a more constructive note, there is a special contact lens for people with detached irises (like the picture) that suppresses the light coming in from the 'extra' pupil, and usually makes the vision from the eye more normal. Right now he's essentially got two pupils, and is getting two very different images to his retina.

    Your ophthalmologist will probably mention it, but if not you might, as a temporizing thing.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:39 PM  

    WHOA. A 2nd pupil? Really? There's more pupil underneath the iris? Freaky.

    Anyway, Dr. S... I hope your son's eye heals soon. Good luck and keep us updated.

    By Anonymous geena, at 12:22 AM  

    Thanks. He's doing fine. As disabilities go, this is a very mild one. He doesn't notice the problem at all unless he closes his good eye. The worst part for him was the bed rest. We're thankful it was his eye and not his brain.

    By Blogger sydney, at 12:23 PM  

    At cataract surgery the iridodialysis likely can be repaired by with one or 2 sutures. Its a little tricky, though. Good luck.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:03 PM  

    Thats an interesting picture. I can relate to everything your son has been through. I suffered from an impact injury to my eye in april when a capacitor exploded in my face. I had an operation to drain the blood and relieve the pressure in my eye four days later, then the following week I had a second operation to correct a prolapsed iris. Over the last five months the blood hascleared from my eye, but my cornea was badly stained by the blood that its like trying to look through frosted glass. I too have started to develop a cataract due to the trauma my eye suffered.
    I hope things turn out good for your son.
    Oldham, UK.

    By Anonymous Ian, at 5:45 PM  

    Post a Comment

    This page is powered by Blogger, the easy way to update your web site.

    Main Page


    Home   |   Archives

    Copyright 2006