It makes your vision blurry and you become light sensitive. But, dilating your eyes can save your vision and your life.
A complete eye exam means getting drops placed into your eyes so your pupils become wide enough to shine a bright light and see all the edges of your retina.
There are a few eye conditions that can threaten your vision and are more easily detectable with a full dilated eye exam.
To name a few:
❗️Retinal tears which could lead to a vision threatening retinal detachment
➡️Some eyecare offices offer to take a photo of your retina for a fee instead of dilating your eyes…While photos are great to document your retinal appearance it can miss vision threatening conditions. Nothing replaces getting your eyes dilated. I’ve seen patients that had retinal tears missed because they had a photo taken instead of their eyes dilated.
➡️Some patients “count” an eye exam as getting their prescription checked…While getting new glasses may help your vision- just getting your prescription checked does not actually check the health of your eyes. Your provider needs to examine you behind a slit lamp and dilate your eyes to take a good look.
➡️ After eye dilation you can’t do anything the rest of the day..While dilating your eyes takes extra time in the office- 20-30 mins…the blurred vision usually only lasts 4-6 hours. The worst of it is for your near vision. You can still do activities but near tasks like computer work and reading your phone will be harder.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology Recommends eye screenings in the following intervals:
?Adults with no risk factors for eye disease should have a comprehensive eye evaluation by age 40.
?Adults ages 40-54 who have had a comprehensive eye exam should have evaluations every 2-4 years.
?Adults ages 55-64 should have an evaluation every 1-3 years.
?Adults older than 65 should have an eye exam every 1-2 years even in absence of symptoms. Thanks to @anjalimalikmd for starting a great conversation #howscreeningsaves about the importance of health screening examinations.