Have you ever seen someone you’re attracted to and want to take on a date? If that person is perceptive, they might be able to tell you like them. How? The clue might be in your eyes.

Why do our eyes dilate?

The black spots in our eyes are called pupils. When it’s dark, they widen to let in more light and help you see better. But what does that have to do with seeing someone you like?

Eye dilation and attraction

When you’re attracted to someone or see something that appeals to you, your body responds the same way it does when you see something you perceive as a threat: your sympathetic nervous system activates. When you’re attracted to someone, a hormone surge dilates your pupils so you can better see the object of your desire.

Not just for love

Remember, attraction is hardly the only reason your pupils might dilate. First, you may just be in a poorly lit room. There are plenty of medical causes, too. Your eye doctor has probably dilated your eyes during a routine exam, for example. Medication and alcohol can also have an effect. Finally, eye and even brain injuries can cause dilation issues.

Eye care at CEENTA

If you are concerned about your dilation or any part of your eye health, come to CEENTA for an eye exam. You won’t need to see our doctors’ eyes dilate to know they’ll be happy to see you.

This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your doctor. New patients can make appointments online with our eye doctors in North and South Carolina. Current patients can also make appointments through myCEENTAchart with physicians they have already seen.


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