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how long does it take for the dilating eyedrops to wear off?

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Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
3 hours to 1 week: Depending on your sensitivity and the type and dosage of eyedrop, dilating eyedrops can take between 3 hrs and 1 week (maybe longer!) to wear off. You should let the doctor who dilated you know if it lasts more than 24 hrs, but it is not a medical emergency. It can be quite inconvenient, though.
Dr. Daniel Bustos
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Hours, usually: For most people, the nuisance symptoms of the dilating drops, namely the blurred near vision and sensitivity to light, are decreased or gone by a few hours, usually 4 to 6. For the uncommon person, however, it can take 24-48 hours for all the symptoms to completely wear off.
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Faster w/reversing: There are drops called reversing drops that many eye doctors use to speed up the recovery after dilation. Dapirazole hcl 0.5%is an eyedrop that helps the mydriacyl (tropicamide) to loosen its hold on the receptors in the iris muscles that lead to dilated pupils. Then the dilating drops can wear off in 45 minutes to an hour, in most cases.

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If you are supposed to put eyedrops in the conjunctival sac, where is your conjunctival sac?

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Could eyedrops replace contact solution?

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I wear 1day acuvue moist contact lenses.Any1 know good eyedrops that wont suction cup them to my eyesballs?I love these, i just need eyedrops that work

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Artificial tears: 1 day disposable contact lenses are becoming increasingly popular because they are comfortable and are thrown away daily rather than needing to be cleaned and stored every night. Any brand of preservative-free artificial tear can be used safely with soft contact lenses (e.g. Systane, optive, etc). I'm not sure why any eyedrops would suction cup the contacts to your eyes though.
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