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How Long Should Eyes Stay Dilated After An Eye Exam
3 hours: Takes about three hours to return to normal. ...Read more
An eye exam consists of checking the vision. If this is not normal a manifest refraction is done to determine if any glasses are needed. This is the test where the patient is asked which lens is better number one or two. Then the health of the eye is evaluated with a microscope called a slit lamp. To be able to see the back of the eye, the retina, ...Read more
Usually 6-8 hours: It depends on what type of drops are used. Phenylephrine and tropicamide are probably the most commonly used at the optometrist or ophthalmologist's office and they last about 6-8 hours in the average person, although they can last a bit longer. Other drops like cyclopentolate last up to 24 hours and Atropine can last for 14 days. ...Read more
Pupil dilating drops: Usually last for 4-6 hours after they are instilled. Depending on the patient, the drops may last longer, especially with people who are blue-eyed. In addition, some dilating drops are known to last longer. We try to avoid them whenever possible so the drops wear off more quickly. ...Read more
My friend's eyes remained dilated long after her eye exam, so her dr put drops in her eyes to reverse it. When should the 2nd drops begin to wear off?
Second drops take: 1-2 hours to bring the pupils back to normal. After this time the puplls should react normally. The reversal eye drops just return the pupils to normal. ...Read more
I had an eye exam by an optomotrist that dilated my eyes to look in them. How long will they stay dilated?
Typically: 2-4 hours, although longer can occur.Get a more detailed answer ›
Pupil dilating drops: Usually will last for 3-4 hours after your exam. Occasionally, some patients' pupils are extremely responsive to dilation and the drops could last up to 10-12 hrs. ...Read more
14-yr-old son. Had eye exam today, drops were given. One eye dilated much more than the other, and is taking longer to contract. Is this normal?
Common: This depends upon the amount of the drop that was absorbed, and the internal biochemical neutralizing that the eye accomplishes. Wait 12-24 hours to see the final result which almost certainly will be fine. ...Read more
What to do if I had an eye exam by an optomotrist that dialated my eyes to look in them. How long will they stay dialated?
Nothing: Usually lasts any where up to six or eight hours. Should pass. Sometimes longer but if it remains overnight or the eyes become red call you eye doctor now. ...Read more
No: While more light is let in, the protective reflex to avoid looking directly at the sun is still in place, so you will be ok if you don't stare at the sun until the drops wear off. ...Read more
Usually: A comprehensive eye examination requires dilation to rule out disease in the back of the eye. Although a fair amount of the eye can be seen without dilation, there are areas of the eye that would not be properly evaluated. If you are seen annually or every few years, it is best to be dilated at these visits. It would otherwise be like having a general health exam without listenting to your heart! ...Read more
Pupil dilating drops: Usually wear off in 4-6 hours, but can last longer. This is especially true with blue eyed patients and with the use of certain dilating drops which can last longer than others. ...Read more
Got my eyes dilated for an eye exam yesterday, my eyes are still dilated and it's been over 24hrs, is there a chance they're stuck like this?
No not stuck, but: Lingering, and if your eyes are dilated during the day, you may want to contact your eye doctor. It can be dilated at night normally. So, all eyes dilated at the eye doctor's office do return to normal within 24 hours. ...Read more
Common: Dilation allows the ophthalmologist to view portions of the back of the eye not possible in the undilated state. Sometimes there are indications for this such as diabetes and symptoms indicating problems in the back of the eye. It is not "routine" but should be done once every few years. The ophthalmologist will usually ask if it is ok in your case since it temporarily disturbs vision. ...Read more
No: Discomfort might last for a few hours, but damage from these low light activities- very unlikey.. Do not stare at sun or at any very bright light source. ...Read more
Yes they should!: Dilation of the eyes is part of a complete eye examination. The examiner cannot see the entire retina without dilating the eyes and it makes looking at certain parts of the such as the macula and optic nerve much easier after dilating. If you are seeing the doctor for a specific problem not involving the retina, you will not necessarily need dilation. ...Read more
I had a dilated eye exam 2 hours ago. Can I go to the gym to play basketball? Or do I need to stay home and rest my eyes?
We took our 8 month old son for routine eye exam thursday morning. Cyclogyl (cyclopentolate) eye drops were used at 11 am. Its saturday and his eyes are still dilated?
It's ok!: Some eyes are more sensitive than others. Cyclogyl (cyclopentolate) can last 12-48 hours commonly, but longer in some. Please kindly tell you doctor to use shorter acting agent if possible such as tropicamide 0.5%! ...Read more
Had eye exam and picture of eyes, doctor said I have a spot/freckle behind eye, said not to worry but need to get dilated to see it better. Am worried?
How do you know if tropicamide to dilate pupils at eye exam caused glaucoma? Symptoms include heaviness in eyes, mild pain, blurry vision.
Probably not: Tropicamide is a an eye medication gnerally used to dilate the pupil during an eye examination. There is a minimal risk of inducing angle closure glaucoma in patients who are predisposed to this condition. This predispostion is usually determined before the eyes are dilated. The described symptoms are consistent with the effects of tropicamide which are temporary. ...Read more
Dry eyes n floaters. 3 days ago, did an eye exam when pupils are dilated. Want to get a 2nd opinion. When is it safe to get 2nd pupil dilation exam?
Anytime: You can go ahead and get a second opnion at anytime, regardless of last dilation date. Good luck. ...Read more
Several hours: It really depends on the drops used at your doctors office. The standard drops used can keep pupils dilated between 4-6 hours. However, in some patients the drops can keep the pupils dilated for up to 24 hours. ...Read more
Tips for pupils that don't dilate well during eye exam? Already ask for double-dose of drops. Nystagmus. Can't indent except under general anaesthesia
Need higher dose eye: Tell your eye Dr. About your problem. ...Read more
Why did a dilated eye exam hurt so much today? I think they had the light turned up high. Could it be photophobia?
Light sensitivity: Dilation opens the eye so your ophthalmologist can see the periphery of the retina. Because of the increased light input, the eye is uncomfortable with this and going outside afterwards in the sun can be painful. This is temporary photophobia which will disappear when the dilation recovers. ...Read more
My eye feels like its being pinched I have an eye exam the results show left eye won't dilate, a cat scan no result s but it hurts sends sharp pains?
Eye pain: You need to stay in close contact with your ophthalmologist concerning this problem. Report your pain and follow advice carefully. ...Read more
Dilated eye exam determined 20/20 vision and no other problems but some floaters. Dr. Says not to worry. Why all of the sudden noticing them?
Maybe they're new: If your ophthalmologist did a good dilated exam and found nothing worrisome then don't worry. ...Read more
If I had optic neuritis, would I feel pain? Can an OD find it in an eye exam in which they dilate the pupil? What other ways would MS show in exam
Yes: Almost all cases of optic neuritis have pain when moving the affected eye. It is usually accompanied by decreased vision as well. An OD can usually see changes on a dilated exam but not always. If you are concerned about optic neuritis it is important to visit a doctor for evaluation. ...Read more
We took our son for an eye exam on thursday morning. He was given cyclogyl (cyclopentolate) eye drops at 11 am. 42 hours later still dilated. Should we take him to er
Depends: Cyclogyl (cyclopentolate) can last >24 hours for dilation - call your eye doctor to be sure. ...Read more
Dilated eye exam: 20/20 vision, no problems but floaters. Is 30's young for floaters? Why noticing them suddenly? Can body reabsorb debris? Worried!
Should be examined: Floaters can be a sign of a retinal tear, especially if they are numerous, associated with flashing lights, and noticed suddenly. If untreated, this can progress to a retinal detachment. When these symptoms are present, a prompt dilated eye exam is recommended to look for a retinal tear or retinal detachment. ...Read more
Can opthamologists tell the difference between hyaline cendensation and vitreous bodies and eye floaters w/dilated eye exam? Same prognosis for both?
A dilated exam can: Differentiate between a vitreous floater, vitreous detachment and hyaloid opacification. The etiology (cause) for these entities can vary and thus patient history is important. The prognosis can also be variable depending upon the diagnosis and cause of each entity listed. For example, hyaloid pathology could be secondary to inflammation and carries a different set of issues. A good dilated is rec. ...Read more
How often is a dilation eye exam recommended if no symptoms exist? Which one is better? Digital retina exam or dilated eye exam?
Depends: At your age, & depending on your eye health, a dilated exam every 3 years is probably sufficient. For myopia yearly exams usually are desirable to check on prescription changes. My strong preference is for dilated exams with hi-powered diagnostic indirect lenses to evaluate the posterior part of your eyes. Digital retinal imaging exams (Retincam™) work for big pathologies, but not micro-detailed ...Read more
Just had dilated eye exam + several "freezing" eyedrops. Sinuses, eyelids feel heavy. Normal? Numbing/freezing drops used maybe 4 times every 15min
Short term effects: The numbing drops used principally for the measurement of intraocular pressure (glaucoma check) will lose the numbness in under 10 minutes. The dilating drops can last from 2-20 hours depending upon the type used. If you still have symptoms the next day, then call your ophthalmologist for advice. ...Read more
Dilated eye exam was good except some eye inflammation. Optometrist prescribed 7 days of bromday. Day 2 no improvement. Would it hurt if no inflalmati
Could whiplash type dance injury to neck cause eye floaters 10 months later? Dilated eye exam determined no retinal tear, no problems but floaters.
Mom had good bev hills blepharoplasty. Went for eye exam dilate. One lid drooped more for 4hr. Due to wrong dose or muscle? Her dad had oc mya gravis
Eyelid Drooping: Most pupil dilating drops are parasympathetic antagonists that act by paralyzing the iris sphincter muscle. It is possible that the medication also relaxed (or temporarily paralyzed) one of the small muscles that elevates the eyelid - likely mueller's muscle which lifts the lid via sympathetic stimulation (opposite the effect of dilating drops). Get it checked out if symptoms recur on their own. ...Read more
I got an eye exam somewhat recently but I did not have my eyes dialated. I did do the optomap. What does the optomap show?
Could I have cavernous sinus thrombosis? Sinus all summer. Eye red. I feel normal now, but never any mucus. Blood vessels dialted eyes. Ugly. Eye Exam norma
Not likely: You would be very sick and probably in the hospital undergoing treatment. ...Read more
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