Sunday, September 17, 2006

Eye popping

I'm back!

Yes, Dear Reader, it's been too long, and I can't promise regular updates now that classes are in full swing, but I just couldn't pass up today's weird anatomy news flash:

Man sets sights on eye-popping record

Sun Sep 17, 7:08 AM ET

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Claudio Paulo Pinto is looking to break an eye-popping record. Literally. Pinto can pop his eyeballs out of their sockets at least 7 millimeters (0.3 inches), a national record for eye-popping according to RankBrasil, an organization modeled after the Guinness Book of World Records that lists Brazilian records.

A former driver, Pinto got a job scaring visitors in a commercial haunted house in Belo Horizonte, 210 miles north of Rio de Janeiro. But he recently was laid off, and now he seeks international recognition for his ability.

"I was measured by an opthamologist on television in January. I could pop my eyes out 7 millimeters," Pinto said by telephone Saturday. "Since then, my capacities have improved over 50 percent."

That could put Pinto close to the record. The title of "furthest eyeball popper" in the Guinness Book of World Records currently belongs to Kim Goodman of Chicago, who can pop her eyeballs 11 milimeters (0.43 inches) out of her sockets.

Pinto's ability is called "globe luxation." Doctors say it can strain blood vessels and nerves between the eyes and the head and feels unpleasant but usually doesn't cause lasting damage.

Pinto says he's been luxating his globes since he was 9 years old and "it doesn't hurt a bit."

How bizarre is that? At first I didn't think it was anatomically possible, but seeing is believing. I first learned about the phenomenon when I read this blog entry by Dr. Bill Lloyd, an ophthalmologist in Sacramento, California. Dr. Lloyd notes that several of his patients have been able to pop their eyes, and that there "have been instances where the eyelids have slipped behind the eyeball and trapped it outside the orbit." Here, for example, is a case report I just found of a man whose eye "popped out of the socket" when he tried to insert a contact lens: Spontaneous Globe Luxation Associated with Contact Lens Placement (click here for the full text). Now I have another reason to stick with eyeglasses.

If static images aren't good enough for you, check out the video below (and if that still isn't enough, go to YouTube and search for "eye pop"):


At 9/18/2006 10:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay! Dr. Wright is back!

It's nice to read your blog again, even if you did subject me to this freaky phenomenon.

Good luck with your exams! :-)

At 9/20/2006 10:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow Brad! Imagine what this fellow's resume must look like! >;o)

Hope the classes are going OK, and that you're having time to do things like eat and sleep!

Be well!

At 10/09/2006 4:35 PM, Blogger MegaColon said...

This reminds me of one of my favorite movies: beetleguice (I surely spelled that wrong).

At 10/12/2006 4:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brad Gr8 site...keep up da good work...gr8 2 read ur resume...cAN U TELL ME HOW TO STUDY ANATOMY?I'M A MEDICAL STUDENT

At 10/17/2006 9:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


The blog looks good. Glad you told me about it. I'll have to check in regularly for freakish anatomy.


At 1/16/2007 10:01 PM, Blogger frectis said...

Looks (heh) like I picked a good time to add you to my blog faves ;)


At 11/03/2007 3:27 AM, Blogger Debzie said...

is that true. oh my! it's freaky...

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At 11/04/2008 10:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm, anatomy is fine but, what are these people feeling and thinking that makes this happen? Or, is it simply something like having food in the stomache?

At 11/29/2009 6:42 PM, Anonymous Medical Spa MD said...

Strange as it may seem. I've seen this before. One of my staff can do this.

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At 7/04/2014 10:08 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I am 27 years old and as of Monday I started having chest pain. The pain is located in my chest under my left breast. It is a sharp, shooting pain and occurs in bouts, lasting anywhere from 5 seconds to 15 minutes. When it's happening I can't take in deep breaths, only shallow. When I do try to take a deep breath it feels like a pinch. I have had a chest x Ray, they have done blood work, urine sample and an EKG. I have gone to my Dr. And to the emergency room, no answers, I just leave with more questions. It seems to flair up when I raise my voice or over exert myself, and I'm pretty fit (runner) so I don't know what is going on. Any guesses?

At 7/04/2014 12:08 PM, Blogger Brad said...

Hi Nicole, sounds like your doctors have ruled out all the serious (life-threatening) causes of chest pain. My best guess at this point is costochondritis, or maybe a muscle spasm or nerve irritation. NSAIDs like ibuprofen might help. ~Brad


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