Due to the increased size of the pupil and the excess amount of light entering the eye, there are some things you should know after about a dilated eye exam.
After dilation, your vision may be blurry and sensitive to light.
Can I read after eye dilation?
Some people feel the effects of dilating drops for longer, including people with lighter color eyes. Dilation in children can last up to a full day after the exam. The important thing is to use caution as long as your vision is blurry or your eyes are light sensitive.
Can you work with dilated eyes?
Eye dilation also makes your vision blurry and your eyes more light sensitive, which, for a few hours, can affect your ability to drive or work. So if eye dilation is greatly inconvenient, ask your doctor about arranging another appointment.
Can dilating eyes cause problems?
For elderly patients whose vision and mobility are already compromised, these visual changes can be dangerous. Dilating drops can also provoke allergic reactions, angle closure attacks, and systemic reactions such as increased blood pressure, arrhythmias, tachycardia, dizziness, and increased sweating.
What happens when you have your eyes dilated?
Once your eyes are dilated, there is an increase in light sensitivity because the pupil is large and more light is coming through, so bring your sunglasses, or your ophthalmologist may provide some disposable shades for your use. You may also experience blurry vision, particularly if you are trying to read.