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Dilating Eye Drops

It is likely that dilation will be necessary and it is advisable to have a designated driver.  Dilating drops are used to dilate or enlarge the pupils of the eye to allow the eye doctor to get a better view of the inside of your eye.  The dilating eye drops are necessary to diagnose your condition.

Dilating drops frequently blur vision for a length of time, which varies from person to person and may make you much more sensitive to light.  Because of this sensitivity, sunglasses should be worn when your eyes are dilated.  Disposable sunglasses are available free of charge at our check out desk.

It is not possible for your ophthalmologist to predict how much your vision will be affected. After an examination, your ability to drive safely may be impaired due to the effect of the dilating drops on your vision.  Therefore, you should not drive yourself, but make arrangements to be driven to and from your appointments.

Adverse reaction, such as acute angle-closure glaucoma, may be triggered from the dilating drops. This is extremely rare and treatable with immediate medical attention.