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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Please help! What is the name of the test (and the purpose) that the eye doctor gives you when you look into the machine and push a button whenever you see a spot?

Visual field: This sounds like a visual field test. This tests measures the level of light your eye can see in the side vision, or periphery. Many eye and brain problems can cause defects in peripheral vision; so this test is used to discover and monitor for these.

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Will an eye doctor give you contact lenses before ever getting glasses?

Not advised: They really should not. You should always have a pair of glasses to fall back on in the event that you have trouble with or lose your contact lenses.

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Why would an eye doctor not give me alphagan (brimonidine) for eye pain?

Why would an eye doctor not give me alphagan (brimonidine) for eye pain?

Not an analgesic: Unless your eye pressure is elevated and is the cause of your eye pain, otherwise, Alphagan (brimonidine) is not indicated for ocular pain.

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Why would an eye doctor not give me alphagan (brimonidine) for eye pain?

Wrong product: Alphagan (brimonidine) is a drop designed to lower the internal eye pressure (treating glaucoma). It is not a pain reliever but others are available. If you have eye pain, and the diagnosis has been determined, there are a variety of agents to treat the cause and eliminate the pain. Ask your ophthalmologist.

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Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
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