PUPIL DILATION – WILL THE DOCTOR DILATE MY EYES DURING THE EYE EXAM?

This is a common question patients will ask in preparation to see the Optometrist for an eye exam. The necessity of pupil dilation is largely dependant upon your age, overall health, risk of eye disease, as well as the reason you have booked the eye exam.

Eyedrops will be used for dilation, causing the pupils to widen, allowing the optometrist a better view of the back of the eye. This is important in diagnosing a number of eye conditions and diseases including

High blood pressure – Cataracts – Glaucoma – Macular Degeneration – Retinal Detachment

In the event that you do have your pupils dilated, your vision will be blurry and your eyes will be light-sensitive for a period of time. It will be helpful to bring in a pair of sunglasses and also keep in mind that you may not be able to drive immediately following the exam.

As it is not always possible to predict ahead of time whether dilation will be necessary, it is best to allow yourself at least an hour in the doctor’s office to accommodate for this procedure.

If you have any questions about this topic or any aspect of the eye exam, please call the office at 604-873-3941.