Voluntary control of eyes popping out of head

Discussion in 'Eye-Care' started by Kory Postma, Aug 6, 2003.

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    Kory Postma Guest

    I would like to know how this is possible from the doctors here:

    Pictures and story at website:
    http://www.canoe.ca/TelevisionLetterman/feb24_letterman.html

    Monday, February 24, 1997
    Eye-popping stunt grabs Letterman's attention

    CHICAGO (AP) -- When Kimberly Goodman auditioned for David
    Letterman's Stupid Human Tricks, witnesses screamed.

    The young woman literally popped one of her eyeballs out of its
    socket. She can do both orbs simultaneously but understatement worked
    just as well.

    "As soon as I saw it, I thought: 'That's it, stop the presses,'" said
    Tricks co-ordinator Susan Hall Sheehan.

    "However many people there were in the room, that's how many
    involuntary screams there were."

    Letterman was so impressed he invited Goodman back for a return
    engagement, Monday night's Late Show with David Letterman Video
    Special III.

    Letterman saved Goodman for the final stunt and introduced her as an
    act "you will talk about until the day you die."

    To Letterman's cue: "Did you hear that Michael Jackson had a baby,"
    she popped her eyes way out.

    Television viewers then were able to see two slow-motion replays, one
    of them from the side.

    Goodman, who is from Chicago's South Side, considers her quirky
    talent a gift.

    "At church, I always hear my pastor say everybody has a gift and I
    used to ask: 'Lord, what's mine?'"

    She found out about five years ago when one of her eyes came out of
    its socket when she hit it while taking off a Halloween mask.

    "I was with two girlfriends and they just stood there, frozen, with
    their mouths open," she recalled.

    "I pushed it back in, and they never said a word to me -- just walked
    away, still with their mouths open."

    Now she's learned how to pop them out voluntarily -- "I sort of
    squint, pull my eyelid back and out it comes," Goodman explained.

    She added that she has perfect vision but has never seen a doctor
    about the eye-popping.


    Thanks in advance,
    Kory
     
    Kory Postma, Aug 6, 2003
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    drfrank21 Guest

    Too much palming ;).
    Seriously, w.o. getting imaging tests I would guess her "talents"
    are due to shallow orbits or something anatomical in nature.

    frank
     
    drfrank21, Aug 6, 2003
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    End User Guest

    orbital varices

    malformations in the venous system that occur in the orbit (and other
    places). by holding one's breath and straining one can dramatically
    increase venous pressure, and in doing so inflate what is, in a sense, a
    'waterballon' inside the orbit. this would force the eye to protrude from
    the orbit since it's held in with mainly soft tissues.
     
    End User, Aug 6, 2003
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    End User Guest

    very good and very close. instead of air, it's blood. orbital varices are
    malformations in the venous system that occur in the orbit (and other
    places). by holding one's breath and straining one can dramatically
    increase venous pressure, and in doing so inflate what is, in a sense, a
    'waterballon' inside the orbit. this would force the eye to protrude from
    the orbit since it's held in with mainly soft tissues.
     
    End User, Aug 7, 2003
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    Dr Judy Guest

    I remember a case report about optic nerve damage in a patient that could do
    this; she did it so often to amuse her friends that she stretched the nerve.
    Looked on PubMed for the citation but couldn't find it. Found five other
    articles, Here is one:

    [Unilateral voluntary exophthalmos. A peculiar complication of ethmoidal
    disease]

    [Article in Spanish]

    Esteban Ortega F, Moreno Leon JA, Medialdea Marcos S, Esteban Lasala F.

    Servicio de Otorrinolaringologia, Ciudad Sanitaria Virgen de las Nieves,
    Granada.

    A few cases have been reported wherein an exophthalmos can be induced
    voluntarily and spontaneously. In most cases these have been due to the
    protrusion of the eye by pressure from behind by blood or air. In many of
    these cases relaxation of the fascial supports and atrophy of the orbital
    tissue make enophthalmos alternate with the protrusion. A dehiscence of the
    medial orbital wall or the establishment of emphisema may also produce a
    voluntary proptosis, the eye being propelled forwards by air when the
    intranasal pressure is voluntarily raised. We present here two cases of this
    peculiar complication of ethmoidal disease, discussing several aspects from
    the etiology and differential diagnosis of this condition.

    PMID: 2092738 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
     
    Dr Judy, Aug 7, 2003
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