If you’ve had a comprehensive eye exam with us, you’ve most likely had your eyes dilated. What’s the importance of dilation you ask? Dilation is a series of instilling eye drops into both eyes to enlarge the pupil which acts as an opening to view the back and peripheral areas of your eye. Without the pupil being dilated, the view becomes very limited and there are many areas for Dr. Punzal to evaluate.
We all want to get the most updated prescription for glasses and contact lenses, but let’s not forget about the actual health of your eyes. Did you know systemic diseases such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, and diabetes can show in your eyes? It can affect areas such as your macula, optic nerve, retina, and blood vessels which could be the cause of your decreased/blurred vision.
Side effects of dilation? Dilation makes you sensitive to light and can blur your near vision for an average of 2-3 hours. If you don’t have a pair of sunglasses, we can provide you with our Rollens temporary sunglasses to use until the dilation wears off. Most individuals find it safe to drive after dilation, but if you feel more comfortable with a driver, we can schedule your appointment at a time most convenient for you and your way of transportation.
Comprehensive eye exams are recommended once every 12 months. In some cases, Dr. Punzal will monitor patients more frequently based on each patient’s findings and diagnoses.
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