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Eye Exam (Definition)

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


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How long should your eyes stay dilated after an eye exam?

How long should your eyes stay dilated after an eye exam?

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

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How long should your eye stay dilated after an exam?

How long should your eye stay dilated after an exam?

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. ...Read more

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How long should eyes be dilated after eye examination?

How long should eyes be dilated after eye examination?

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! ...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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Please explain how long will my eyes stay dilated after an eye exam?

Please explain how long will my eyes stay dilated after an eye exam?

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

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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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How long does it take for pupil dilation to go away after eye exam?

How long does it take for pupil dilation to go away after eye exam?

It depends: It can generally take 3-4 hours, but it can last longer in patients with diabetes, or brown irises. There are drops that reverse dilation faster. ...Read more

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How much time do my pupils stay dilated after my eye exam?

How much time do my pupils stay dilated after my eye exam?

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

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How lonv will my pupils stay dilated after glaucoma test?

How lonv will my pupils stay dilated after glaucoma test?

Depends: Visual field testing doesn't require dilation. Oct can also be performed without dilation although in some patients the signal strength and accuracy of the measurements can improve with dilation. Optic nerve photography is also best performed dilated stereo photographs are preferable. Dilation can last fabout 2-10 hours depending on the drugs used and color of the iris. Blue is more sensitive. ...Read more

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How long after eye dilation do eyes return to normal?

How long after eye dilation do eyes return to normal?

Variable: Many factors influence how long dilating drops remain active after instilled. These include how "strong" a drop was used, how sensitive the patient is to the drop, color of the eyes (blue usually stay dilated longer), and other factors. Most dilating drops used for diagnostic purposes in the office wear off after 4-24 hours. Patients often are sensitive to light, and may have trouble reading. ...Read more

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How long does the pupil stay dilated with cyclopetolate eye drops?

How long does the pupil stay dilated with cyclopetolate eye drops?

Several hours: Up to 5 or 6 hours or more for susceptible people. ...Read more

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Had pink eye used dilation drops. How long will pupils be dilated?

Had pink eye used dilation drops. How long will pupils be dilated?

Depends: Mydriacyl, or tropicamide, about 1-2 hours. Cyclogel 6-12 hous. Atropine 1-2 weeks phenyephrine 1-2 hours. ...Read more

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How long can pupil dilation last after an exam?

A few hours: Typical dilation usually lasts between 4 and 6 hours. When a chile is dilated, it may last a few hours longer. If dilation lasts more than 24 hours, you should contact your eye doctor. ...Read more

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For how long should tetracaine dilate a pupil?

For how long should tetracaine dilate a pupil?

Pupil Dilation: Tetracaine does not dilate the pupil. This medication is an ester local anesthetic used to anesthetize the eye. Cycloplegic drugs such as atropine, cyclopentolate, homatropine, scopolamine and tropicamide are used as mydriatic (pupil dilating) agents. The duration of action of these medications can range from 4-24 hours or so depending on the concentration of the drug and the individual patient. ...Read more

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How do you reduce pupil dilation after finishing eye exam?

How do you reduce pupil dilation after finishing eye exam?

Pupil dilation: I offer reversal pupillary dilation drops called dapriazole, which lessen the duration of dilation by about 4 hours. Of course it depends on which dilating eye drops the doctor is instilling. ...Read more

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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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After your pupils are dilated when getting an eye exam, how long until they are back to normal?

After your pupils are dilated when getting an eye exam, how long until they are back to normal?

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

Pupil (Definition)

The pupil is the opening in the iris inside of the eye though which light is focused on the retinal film at the back of the eye. The iris can open and close in response to light to vary the amount inside the eye. It is what looks red, in the ...Read more