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How long should my eyes stay dilated after a visit with an eye doctor?

How long should my eyes stay dilated after a visit with an eye doctor?

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. ...Read more

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How long should my eyes stay dilated after a visit with an eye doctor? I think they use too much medicine.

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. ...Read more

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How long should eyes stay dilated for after the eye doctor?

How long should eyes stay dilated for after the eye doctor?

3 hours: Usually takes about three hours for the eyes to return to normal after being dilated. ...Read more

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For how long should your pupil stay dilated after going to the eye doctor?

For how long should your pupil stay dilated after going to the eye doctor?

See below: The typical dilation drops used in the office for examination last for several hours after (longer in lighter-eyed individuals). Other therapeutic dilation drops that are prescribed can last days or weeks. ...Read more

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Why won't my eyes un-dilate after being at the eye doctor?

Why won't my eyes un-dilate after being at the eye doctor?

Dilation: The length of time that you remain dilated after an eye exam can be related both to the strength of the dilating drops being used and your iris color.
There are some dilating drops that can have an effect for as long as two weeks although these are not typically used for routine exam.
A usual length of time that eyes can remain dilated is often 4 to 8 hours. ...Read more

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My eye doctor doesn't dilate my eyes during an eye exam, shouldn't they?

My eye doctor doesn't dilate my eyes during an eye exam, shouldn't they?

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

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Hi Doctors, Yesterday I went to an eye doctor and he dilated my eyes at 8pm it's now the next day 4pm and my eyes are still dilated! Why? I'm worried

Hi Doctors, Yesterday I went to an eye doctor and he dilated my eyes at 8pm it's now the next day 4pm and my eyes are still dilated! Why? I'm worried

No worry necessary: Many people -especially those with light colored eyes- slowly metabolize the dilating medications.
The effect of diagnostic dilating eye-drops can last over 24 hours and make you quite sensitive to sunlight.
Dilating Drops that are used to treat certain eye conditions can last up to 2 weeks. ...Read more

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What do you call the sunglasses that you get after getting your eyes dilated at the eye doctor?

"Post-mydriatic": Mydriasis is pupillary dilation and without pupillary constriction, bright lights can dazzle you or even cause a temporary bleaching of the retina. Pharmacologic dilation for diagnostic testing and examination can last 3 or more hours, depending on the drops used and the color of your eyes, with lighter colors lasting longer. The near vision is typically more impaired than the distance. ...Read more

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Eye doctor at a store front business says that it is the law and required to have eyes dilated during a regular eye exam for eyeglasses. Is this true?

Eye doctor at a store front business says that it is the law and required to have eyes dilated during a regular eye exam for eyeglasses. Is this true?

Eye doctor: Different states have different laws. Check with your city's board if health as to your eye doctors claim. Ideally it doesn't hurt to get your eyes dilated so that the doctor can check your retina to rule out things like diabetes or high blood pressure. ...Read more

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I have stye (i think, I've never had one) in the inner corner of my left eye. It is a little swollen and hurts to blink and tightly close my eyes. What should I do? Is an eye doctor visit necessary? I don't have much money. :- (please help.

I have stye (i think, I've never had one) in the inner corner of my left eye. It is a little swollen and hurts to blink and tightly close my eyes. What should I do? Is an eye doctor visit necessary? I don't have much money. :- (please help.

Heat: Most styes can be eliminated with topical heat. Put a wash cloth under the very warm, but not hot, water tap, wring it out a little and hold it over your closed eye for 4 minutes - do this about 5 times per day. This will usually cause it to melt away over several days. If persistent after that, you will need to see your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Why is it that people get their pupils dilated at the eye doctor?

Why is it that people get their pupils dilated at the eye doctor?

Eye exam: Eyes are dilated in order for the doctor to see the entire inside of the eye. Without dilation, there are parts that are impossible to examine. ...Read more

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I had blurred vision from my left eye. I went to the eye doctor (dilated pupils) and everything is healthy. It has happened twice. Can this be ms?

I had blurred vision from my left eye. I went to the eye doctor (dilated pupils) and everything is healthy. It has happened twice. Can this be ms?

Yes.: You could go to a neuro-ophthalmology specialist. Another option that may be more available would be to see a general ophthalmologist. Regardless, the diagnosis of ms (multiple sclerosis) is based upon a variety of factors. It is not uncommon for it to take some time to make the diagnosis. Many patients are monitored for ms but never develop full blown disease. ...Read more

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Can color contacts cause damage to eyes? I think its fine as long as they're fitted to your eyes by an eye doctor and it's the correct prescription.

Can color contacts cause damage to eyes? I think its fine as long as they're fitted to your eyes by an eye doctor and it's the correct prescription.

Correct: Colored contacts are as safe as normal contacts for you eyes as long as they are fitted properly for you eyes and have the correct prescription. ...Read more

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How long will dilitation from going to the eye doctor last?

Usually 4-6 hrs: The duration of dilation will vary with the type of dilating drop used and the individual physiology of the patient. The most common drop is tropicamide 1%, which wears off after 4 to 6 hours in most patients. ...Read more

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I scratched my cornea last week on November 29th. Every since then, I have blurry vision. My eye doctor prescribed me eye ointment for my eye, but it's still a little blurry, but not as bad when I went to the doctor. How long does a scratched cornea heal

I scratched my cornea last week on November 29th. Every since then, I have blurry vision. My eye doctor prescribed me eye ointment for my eye, but it's still a little blurry, but not as bad when I went to the doctor. How long does a scratched cornea heal

Eye Hope This Helps: They heal pretty fast but it depends on the size, depth & location of the abrasion. If right in the line of sight, over the pupil, it could take several weeks before your vision is back to what it was. Try looking through a pinhole & see if it clears up. If it does, then it's likely something else, unless that"something else"was there before the injury. Try moisturizing eye drops for a while, then a recheck ...Read more

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How long does it take for keratitis to heal? I have keratitis due to an infection and was using antibacterial eye drops to treat it. At my last appointment with my eye doctor, she said I could stop with the eye drops and everything is healing on schedule,

How long does it take for keratitis to heal? I have keratitis due to an infection and was using antibacterial eye drops to treat it. At my last appointment with my eye doctor, she said I could stop with the eye drops and everything is healing on schedule,

It: It is a complicated question to answer. If your doctor has stopped all therapy, this suggests that the infection is treated but the underlying response to the infection is still being modulated by the healing response. For all intensive purposes, this would indicate that the risk from the infection has been resolved. I would suggest calling your doctor back and asking her the question for a more specific response. ...Read more

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My eye doctor diagnosed me with brvo. What is wrong with my eyes?

Vein blocked: A brvo is an obstruction of blood flow in a branch of the main retinal vein. It is somewhat unusual in a 32 year old male. You should be evaluated for diabete, hoigh blood pressure and various clotting disorders. ...Read more

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Can the eye doctor check and see the optic nerve without to put drops on eyes? I was checked without to put eyes drops

Yes but. . .: Drops help dilate pupils allowing for better view but aren't absolutely necessary. ...Read more

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My contact perscription from eye doctor was a -2.00 in both eyes. Is that strong? When is someone considered legally blind?

My contact perscription from eye doctor was a -2.00 in both eyes. Is that strong? When is someone considered legally blind?

No: -2.00 would be considered a low amount of nearsightedness. Legal blindness does not have anything to do with the magnitude of your prescription. It has to do with how good your vision is while wearing your correction. Definitions vary by state but generally vision of 20/200 or worse with the better seeing eye is the criteria. At -2.00 your vision would be better than that even without correction. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if an eye doctor checks your eyes and says they are perfectly healthy, what can cause floaters in your vision?

Commonly floaters: Are from the loss of clarity of the gel-like substance inside your eye (vitreous). This is a natural process in most patients and does not require treatment. Your doctor was checking for retinal tears or retinal detachments that can sometimes be associated with new floaters. Retinal issues would require treatment. Be well. ...Read more

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I see a small black dot in my iris (brown eyes) should I be concerned? I went to the eye doctor about 1 month ago and didn't mention it.

I see a small black dot in my iris (brown eyes) should I be concerned? I went to the eye doctor about 1 month ago and didn't mention it.

No Problem: A little mole or freckle (medical term:nevus) on the iris is very common. As long as it is not growing or changing, it will not be a problem. It is extremely rare to have any problem with such a mole.
Do mention it to your eye md next visit. ...Read more

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What does it mean when I see glare marks or spots in my eyes all the time? I went to the eye doctor 2wks ago and he said my eye sight was 20/20.

What does it mean when I see glare marks or spots in my eyes all the time? I went to the eye doctor 2wks ago and he said my eye sight was 20/20.

Cataracts/Floaters: Cataracts may allow 20/20 vision and still cause glare symptoms. Spots usually represent opacities floating (floaters) in the vitreous humor. New floaters need evaluation. ...Read more

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Had eyes dialited in July, eyes/optic nerve great. But everyday more redness getting into my eyes. Should I go back to eye doctor or my main doctor?

Had eyes dialited in July, eyes/optic nerve great. But everyday more redness getting into my eyes. Should I go back to eye doctor or my main doctor?

Depends: If you have eye redness with itching and discharge, sneezing etc. See your primary care doctor. If you have eye redness, pain, blurry vision, headache best to see the ophthalmologist immediately. ...Read more