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05Feb2014

Why We Dilate Your Eyes

WE UNDERSTAND that nobody loves getting their eyes dilated. It can be a little frustrating for a couple of hours after your appointment to not be able to do all the things you’d normally be able to do.

Eye Dilation Is Very Important

Although eye dilation seems inconvenient, it’s really important. Remember that there are a number of different components that make up a thorough eye exam. Some of them have to do with how well you see… But others have to do with the health of your eyes. Having your eyes dilated allows us to actually see what is going on inside your eyes.

Normally, your pupils are closed and too dark to see anything. We use special drops to widen (dilate) your pupils. This makes it easier to see what is going on in your retina and optic nerve. This also makes it easier to diagnose and prevent disease.

Some Of The Diseases & Conditions We Look For Include:

  • Diabetes
  • Brain Tumors
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Cataracts
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Inflammation/Infection

Be Sure To Come To Your Exam Prepared

Remember that after your eyes are dilated your vision will be blurry and your eyes will be sensitive to light for a few hours. If you have a favorite pair of sunglasses, bring them along! Many people find that it’s also a good idea to bring someone with you to drive you back to work or home. Driving may be difficult due to the light sensitivity and blurred vision.

If you have any questions about eye dilation or any other topic, contact us! We’re happy to help you better understand how your amazing eyes work!

And thanks for being our valued patient and friend.

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