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How Long Should My Eyes Stay Dilated
A few hours: The typical dilating drops used at most eye doctors last about 4-6 hours. Some individuals are more sensitive to the effects and can remain dilated for up to a day. And if stronger dilating drops were used for a particular reason, their effects could last from 8 to 24 hours.See 1 more doctor answer
How long should my eyes stay dilated after a visit with an eye doctor? I think they use too much medicine.
It depends: It depends on what eye drops are used to dilate your eyes. Some dilating drops last only around 3 hours, another may last 6 hours, another may last 2 to 4 days and another may last up to 2 weeks. The 2 to 4 day and the 2 week drops are used for treatment as opposed to examining an eye. Also, some eyes tend to be more sensitive to dilating drops and the effect tends to last longer in such patients.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
Atropine drops: Can last for one werk.Get a more detailed answer ›
Depends: Cocaine is metabolized rapidly. In people who are habituated to it, the dilated pupils can be followed by constricted pupils. How long also dependent on how it is taken - smoked (crack) is fastest), inhaled a bit slower. Overall, two hours is a rough measure of how long it takes for half the drug to be gone. But urine tests are positive up to 3 days after Cocaine eye drops are used for surgery.
Had eyes dilated for exam. Why do my pupils still stay so big for such a long time afterwards- even after my vision returns to normal?
Half Life: The medications used to dilate the pupils may linger in your system and the pupils can stay dilated longer even though your vision is relatively improved as your body gets accustomed to the amount of light entering with dilated pupils.
It depends.: Blue eyed people will stay dilated longer than brown eyed people as they have less pigment in their iris. It also depends on what type of dilating drop is utilized. Some dilating drops will wear off in less than an hour, and others can last longer than a week!
3 hours: Takes about three hours to return to normal.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
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 ›
3 hours: Usually takes about three hours for the eyes to return to normal after being dilated.See 1 more doctor answer
See below: Typically a few hours, longer for lighter-eyed individuals.
Depends on the med: Several different medications can be used to dilate the eye for peripheral retinal examinations. They have different durations of action from 2 hours to 2 weeks. The most commonly used drug, mydriacyl, (tropicamide) is 1/2 gone in 2 hours, and 3/4 gone in 4 hours on average. Some people are especially sensitive to the meds, especially if you have light blue eyes, and can remain dilated for 36 - 72 hours.See 2 more doctor answers
Depends: On what drop you are using. Let us know and we will advise you.
2-4 hours: In most cases. Rarely it lasts longer.
Several hours: Up to 5 or 6 hours or more for susceptible people.
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.
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.
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