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Frequently Asked Questions About Dilation

Pua administering Dilation fluid.

If it’s time for your comprehensive eye exam, part of that process is something called Dilation.

What is dilation?

Dilation is a process of instilling three different eye drops into both eyes causing your pupils to get larger. When the pupil becomes large, it acts as an opening for Dr. Punzal to further evaluate the areas of the back of your eye such as your Retina, blood vessels, and optic nerve.

What are the side effects?

Besides your pupils getting larger, some of the other side effects are light sensitivity and blurry vision for near. Every individual is different, but on average, dilation lasts for 2-4 hours.

What do I need to bring with me?

It’s best to bring sunglasses (prescription sunglasses if you have). If you wear regular prescription glasses or contact lenses, we can provide you with disposable sunglasses to wear.

Am I safe to drive afterwards?

Patients often drive themselves home. However, depending on the individual and how it affects your eyes, some feel safer with a friend or family member available to drive them home.

Do I need to be dilated at every visit?

It all depends on the diagnosis that Dr. Punzal is following you for. Comprehensive Eye Exams are recommended to be done annually, but patients can be seen earlier if necessary and we do prefer to dilate during those exams. If you are being followed for Ocular Allergies or Corneal Diseases, then we will most likely focus on the front surface of your eyes where dilation is not required.

We want you to feel comfortable during your time here at Punzal Vision. If you have any further questions regarding your visit or dilation, please feel free to call, text, or email us anytime!

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