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Why do my eyes sting after an eye exam?

Why do my eyes sting after an eye exam?

Were any drops used: When numbing drops wear off, depending on what exam things were done and any coexisting corneal pathology, eyes could sting. ...Read more

Dr. David Chandler
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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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Will my eyes be blurry after an eye exam?

Will my eyes be blurry after an eye exam?

Possibly: Commonly the eyes are dilated to get a good look at the back by your ophthalmologist (you are seeing an ophthalmologist -right? The only medical/surgical trained eye care person). Dilated eyes do not focus as well, especially at near. The focus will be restored after 4-8 hours when your bodily chemistry eliminates the dilating chemical. ...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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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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Is it possible for sunlight to damage your eyes after an eye exam if your eyes were too dilated?

Is it possible for sunlight to damage your eyes after an eye exam if your eyes were too dilated?

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

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Is it necessary to have your eyes dilated when having an eye exam?

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 more

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Could watch tv and using cell phone after dilated eye exam cause damage to eyes?

Could watch tv and using cell phone after dilated eye exam cause damage to eyes?

No: Discomfort might last for a few hours, but damage from these low light activities- very unlikey.. Do not stare at sun or at any very bright light source. ...Read more

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Appointment for an eye exam and he discovered that I have cataracts in both eyes. My od wants to wait a year. So why wait?

Appointment for an eye exam and he discovered that I have cataracts in both eyes. My od wants to wait a year. So why wait?

It depends: It depends on how much the cataracts are affecting your vision. If you are only minimally affected (few symptoms, not routinely frustrated by visual symptoms) then the surgery won't make a large improvement in vision and it won't be covered by insurance. The symptoms and vision will get worse and then it may make sense to operate. You will have improved vision after surgery and it will be covered. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause you too be unable to focus eyes properly? Eye exam 3months ago all was fine but anxiety very high? Eyes also dry?

Can anxiety cause you too be unable to focus eyes properly? Eye exam 3months ago all was fine but anxiety very high? Eyes also dry?

Yes + Dry Eye: Yes the stress and associated catecholamines produced by your body can have an effect on the pupils causing them to dilate which can make a near sighted person more nearsighted at night, this making focusing more difficult. Try to do something each day to relieve stress. Reading, walking or exercising will help. A massage or talking it out may also help. See an eye specialist if problems. ...Read more

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Eye exam in August, got new glasses a week ago with new prescription. Couldn't see well new glasses, rechecked eyes, eyes got worse, what's wrong?

Eye exam in August, got new glasses a week ago with new prescription. Couldn't see well new glasses, rechecked eyes, eyes got worse, what's wrong?

New glasses: Sometimes the exam is not right the first time. It is important at your age to have a dilated exam to get an exact prescription for your glasses. If this is not done you can have different eyeglass readings depending on how tired your eyes are and other problems. It is unusual for eyes to change on their own that much in a few months, ...Read more

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I will go for a routine eye exam for updated rx, with dilation. I do not like to wait the long time after dilation for my eyes to adjust. No options?

I will go for a routine eye exam for updated rx, with dilation. I do not like to wait the long time after dilation for my eyes to adjust. No options?

Dilation: Is not necessary for a routine eye exam. Routine meaning that you are not having any symptoms and you are just needing to update your glasses prescription. This is especially true if there were no problems found on a previous dilated eye exam. ...Read more

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Why is it that they dilate your eyes during an eye exam?

Pupil dilation: Is an important part of a complete eye exam. This allows the eye doctor to evaluate your retinas more completely than through pupils which tend to constrict with light when they are not dilated. ...Read more

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I got my eyes dilated for eye exam 24 hours later they are still dialated, why?

I got my eyes dilated for eye exam 24 hours later they are still dialated, why?

Pupil dilating drops: Usually wear off in 4-6 hours, but can last longer. This is especially true with blue eyed patients and with the use of certain dilating drops which can last longer than others. ...Read more

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When I go to my eye exam, does it make a difference if I only a little bit of sleep or have tired eyes?

When I go to my eye exam, does it make a difference if I only a little bit of sleep or have tired eyes?

It should not matter: If you are exhausted, you may not be able to concentrate enough to see the smallest letters on the eye chart, but generally your overall examination should not be affected by your lack of sleep. ...Read more

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What to do if I had an eye exam by an optomotrist that dialated my eyes to look in them. How long will they stay dialated?

Nothing: Usually lasts any where up to six or eight hours. Should pass. Sometimes longer but if it remains overnight or the eyes become red call you eye doctor now. ...Read more

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I experience difficulties focusing my eyes and I caught myself squinting very often, even though my eye exam came out perfect.?

I experience difficulties focusing my eyes and I caught myself squinting very often, even though my eye exam came out perfect.?

Tear film: The Tear film can get dried out with excessive staring or computer work or near work such as reading. This can cause blurry vision. Take breaks to close the eyes and you can use non-preserve artificial tears to see if this improves the quality of your vision. Eyedoc2020@blogspot. Com for more information ...Read more

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Got my eyes dilated for an eye exam yesterday, my eyes are still dilated and it's been over 24hrs, is there a chance they're stuck like this?

Got my eyes dilated for an eye exam yesterday, my eyes are still dilated and it's been over 24hrs, is there a chance they're stuck like this?

No not stuck, but: Lingering, and if your eyes are dilated during the day, you may want to contact your eye doctor. It can be dilated at night normally. So, all eyes dilated at the eye doctor's office do return to normal within 24 hours. ...Read more

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Whites of eyes have developed gray/blue tint, more noticeable in right eye but present in both. Recent eye exam, no issues found. Is this a concern?

Whites of eyes have developed gray/blue tint, more noticeable in right eye but present in both. Recent eye exam, no issues found. Is this a concern?

Thin sclerae: You may have thin sclera in both eyes. The color of the deeper layers is dark and when the outer white part is thin the darker layers show through and look bluish. ...Read more

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My eyesight seems to get worse everyday and I had eye exam said eyes were healthy no pressure but getting worse im seeing nuerololgist wed or ER now?

My eyesight seems to get worse everyday and I had eye exam said eyes were healthy no pressure but getting worse im seeing nuerololgist wed or ER now?

Unclear?: Vision loss can range from the need for glasses to blinding disease. Visit an ophthalmologist asap for a definitive diagnosis. Neurology may or may not be indicated, but unless you have a sudden onset of visual field loss, near total blindness, severe pain or a drastic change in vision, the er visit may be wasted. Consider a toxic effect of the ibuprofen. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Whites of my eyes been turning red since July. I went to get eye exam, dialited eyes, and eyes are fine. Could it be from I'm on my ipad 12+ hours aday?

Whites of my eyes been turning red since July. I went to get eye exam, dialited eyes, and eyes are fine. Could it be from I'm on my ipad 12+ hours aday?

Yes this is highly: Likely. While working on your iPad the rate of blinking diminishes making the eye less lubricated, dry which cause redness ...Read more

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What are the eye drops optometrists use prior to an eye exam? What effect does it have on your eyes?

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

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How can whiten my eyes without surgery and decongestants eye drops. Had an eye exam my eyes are perfect. Just the color that bothers me?

How can whiten my eyes without surgery and decongestants eye drops. Had an eye exam my eyes are perfect. Just the color that bothers me?

Use artificial tears: Reddening and irritation are often related to drying of the eyes. Prolonged computer work can also cause it as the blink rate goes down. Take a break every hour or two. Use artificial tears 3-4 times a day. Stay away from Visine or other decongestant drops. They can make the problem worse. ...Read more

Stings (Definition)

Stings can come from different sources. Insect stings such as a honey bee is one of the most familiar. Sting by fish in water is another common experience many of ...Read more