Will my pupils be dilated?
An important part of a routine eye exam is the dilated retinal evaluation. This involves putting eye drops in the eye to evaluate the health of the back of the eye, which may result in temporary heightened sensitivity to light especially when outdoors, along with blurred vision more so at near than in the distance. The effects while varying among individuals last anywhere from 3-6 hours. It’s not recommended you drive or operate heavy machinery, and please exercise caution if or when vision is affected.
Should you consent to be dilated, please bring a pair of sunglasses especially on a sunny day. If you cannot be dilated due to pregnancy or breastfeeding status, and/or the need to immediately return back to work, please discuss this with the doctor during the evaluation.