A comprehensive eye examination includes pupil dilation. Using eye drops, the pupil is temporarily and painlessly enlarged to increase the view into the eye. This gives me the opportunity to thoroughly examine the structures inside the eye: optic nerve, blood vessels, macula and retina. With the pupil dilated, I can get a 3-dimensional view and better evaluate the eye for changes or the potential for problems. The effect lasts up to 4 hours and will reduce the ability to focus on near objects. It will be helpful to bring sunglasses and make arrangements accordingly.
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