A member asked:

Can't see as far as i should. do they dilate your eyes everytime you go in for glasses? how bad is the pain? how do you get over reflex to close eyes?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Dilation is used to get the best view of the inside of the eye and sometimes to improve the refraction for eyeglasses. The dilation is annoying due to the light sensitivity afterwards. There is no pain and you will overcome any reflex to close the eyes with just a little encouragement. Dilation is not necessary every time however.

Answered Oct 11, 2013

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Dr. Caridad Santos answered

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Yes dilating is necessary for a good refraction for glasses. No pain just mild sting. To avoid closing eyes when applying drops look up and pull lower lid gently down.

Answered Sep 26, 2016

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