While many people dread getting their eyes dilated as part of their complete eye exam, those special eyedrops reveal much about the health of their eyes. When the eyes are dilated, the pupil is widened so that the retina and optic nerve at the back of the eye can be more easily observed. A dilated eye allows the eye care professional to more easily detect vision problems and detect them at an earlier stage which can aid in treating them. Dilated eye exams can reveal conditions such as a detached retina, tumors, cataracts, diabetic eye problems and macular degeneration. So enduring the inconvenience of light sensitivity and difficulty focusing while reading for a short while after dilation is a small price to pay when it comes to maintaining healthy vision.
Details are in the Dilated Eye Exam
- by Dr. Paul Krawitz
- 28 May, 2013