Do-I-Really-Need-My-Eyes-Dilated-During-An-Eye-ExamLearn why it’s important to have your eyes dilated for your eye exam and the conditions your Jewell Eye Inc. optometrist may discover after dilating your eyes.

Reasons The Optometrist Dilates Your Eyes

Your eye doctor may choose to dilate your eyes during your eye exam. This is true whether you have an annual eye exam or whether it has been a while since you visited an optometrist.

There are several factors that help determine whether the optometrist dilates your eyes. One reason that your optometrist may dilate your eyes is your age. The possibility of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma increases with advancing age.

Is your appointment for your annual eye exam, because you noticed changes in your vision or due to symptoms such as burning, pain or blurred vision? If you have symptoms affecting your eye health, the optometrist likely needs to dilate your eyes to diagnose reasons for your symptoms and to discuss a treatment plan with you. Your overall health also plays a role in whether the optometrist dilates your eyes.

Benefit Of Having Your Eyes Dilated

An article published by the Mayo Clinic explains that dilating the eyes allows your optometrist to better view the back of your eye, potentially allowing for diagnosis of certain conditions, even in early stages of the condition or eye disease. Some conditions your Jewell Eye optometrist may be able to diagnose after dilating your eyes include:

  • Hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Diabetes or Diabetic retinopathy
  • Glaucoma
  • Retinal detachment
  • Macular degeneration

The optometrist potentially discovers other eye health related conditions and diseases after dilating your eyes.

Importance Of Eye Dilation

When your optometrist places the drops in your eyes, the pupil widens, allowing more light to enter into the eye. This allows the optometrist to better view tissues at the back of the eye and to determine if there is any disease, injury or other condition affecting the optic nerve, retina or macula.

The National Eye Institute (NEI) points out the importance of having your eyes dilated during your comprehensive eye exam. While you may assume your eyes are healthy, the only way to know for sure is to undergo a comprehensive eye exam that includes dilating your eyes.

Many eye diseases and other conditions affecting the eyes have little to no early symptoms. Undergoing an eye exam that includes dilating the eyes allows your Jewell Eye Inc. optometrist to diagnose issues potentially affecting your eye health.

After Eye Dilation

When you have your eyes dilated, your eyes may burn or sting momentarily. More importantly, you likely experience greater sensitivity to light as well as blurry vision for up to a few hours after eye dilation.

Take someone with you to your exam so that you do not have to drive home after having your eyes dilated. Eye dilation also potentially affects your ability to temporarily perform some work duties.

Contact Jewell Eye Inc. to schedule your eye exam or to ask questions of the professional staff.

Mayo Clinic
National Eye Intitute