PUPIL DILATION

PUPIL DILATION
To obtain a better view of the eye's internal structures, we will instill dilating drops to enlarge your pupils. Dilating drops usually take about 20 to 30 minutes to start working. When your pupils are dilated, you will be sensitive to light (because more light is getting into your eye) and you may notice difficulty focusing on objects up close. These effects can last for up to several hours, depending on the strength of the drop used. Some patients can not be Dilated because of the structure of their eye. The doctor will discuss this with you if this applies to your eyes.

Once the drops have taken effect, the doctor will use various instruments to look inside your eyes. You should bring sunglasses with you to your eye exam, to minimize glare and light sensitivity on the way home. If you forget to bring sunglasses, the staff will give you a disposable pair.

Pupil dilation is very important for people with risk factors for eye disease, because it allows for the most thorough evaluation of the health of the inside of your eyes.

The light sensitivity and blurred vision can last approximately 4 hours, so plan to be off work or school for the rest of the day. Some people have problems driving after having their eyes Dilated, so it is recommended that you bring someone to drive you home after the Exam.