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Is It Necessary To Have Your Eyes Dilated When Having An Eye Exam
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Whether eye dilation during an exam is necessary depends on the reason for your exam, your age, your overall health and your risk of eye diseases: The eyedrops used for dilation cause your pupils to widen, allowing in more light and giving your doctor a better view of the back of your eye. Eye dilation assists your doctor in diagnosing common diseases and conditions, possibly at their earliest stages. They include: Diabetes, High blood pressure, Macular degeneration, Retinal detachment, Glaucoma. Eye dilation also makes your vision blurry and your eyes more light sensitive, which, for a few hours, can affect your ability to drive or work. So if eye dilation is greatly inconvenient, ask your doctor about arranging another appointment. Alternatives to dilation are available, but they aren't as effective for allowing a careful examination of the back of your eye. In determining whether eye dilation is necessary for you, your eye doctor may consider: Your age. , Your eye health. , Your overall health. , The reason you are seeking an eye evaluation. ...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
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
Would an optometrist be able to tell if there was something seriously wrong with the eyes caused by brain during their exams?Or wuld it go unnoticed?
Would expect so: Some serious issues might include papilledema, a sign of increased brain pressure, double vision, optic atrophy, visual field cuts, and most eye exams would pick this up. The optometrist would likely then refer to ophthalmologist or neurologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the eye drops optometrists use prior to an eye exam? What effect does it have on your eyes?
Several drops: Optometrists are allowed to administer eyedrops due to legislative lobbying. Best to see an ophthalmologist who might use drops to numb the eye for certain tests and other drops to dilate the pupil for the best retinal examination. These will cause some change in the focus and light sensitivity but this is short term. ...Read more
Maybe: Crossed eyes are known as strabismus. There are many criteria which need to be examined in order to determine how strabismus is best corrected. In some cases, certain eye excercises can minimize and even eliminate strabismus, in others, surgical correction is necessary. See an eye doctor specializing in adult strabismus correction. ...Read more
Would I have ongoing symptoms if sand that got in my eyes scratched the surface of the eyes? Or the only way to tell is to get an eye exam?
It's possible : Sand has a lot of ground up minerals & rock, and who knows what else. If you get sand in your eyes, it's possible that some of the particles are sharp enough to scratch or even imbed the surface of the cornea or conjunctiva and result in a persistent foreign body sensation. If by chance the sand has iron in it, a significant inflammatory reaction may result. So, an exam is important to elucidate. ...Read more
Perhaps: Some techniques used to repair a detached retina can lead to premature cataract. An example surgery is a pars plana vitrectomy where the jelly pulling on the retina (vitreous) is removed from inside the eye. While removing the vitreous may speed up cataract development, we accept this occurence as without an atrached retina, the eye does not see. Cataract surgery may be needed down the road. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Have ptosis surgery in a week now being treated for an eye infection eyes are watering will it be canceled if it does not clear up?
No: Most patients have their pupils return to normal after 1-2 hours. ...Read more
Not really: Ophthalmologists are full md specialists of medicine and surgery of the eye who have graduated from medical school, internship, and residency. Optometrists do not go to medical school, or even pre-med. They go to optometry school where they learn about prescribing eye glasses as well as basic information about diseases of the eye. You can see either, but if you need surgery see ophthalmologist. ...Read more
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