Is it necessary to have your eyes dilated during every visit?

Oct 28, 2022
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While highly recommended, it may not be necessary. These are some of the factors that your Eye Doctor will consider whether eye dilation is necessary: age, eye health, overall health, reason for the exam and results of prior exams.

Yearly eye exams and critical for ensuring healthy vision, but is it really necessary to dilate every visit?. If you have questions about what dilating your eyes can accomplish, no need to worry, you are in the right place to find answers.

Dilation occurs after your Optometrist adds a few drops in each of your eyes that prevent your muscles in your iris dilator from constricting and causing the pupil to enlarge. When your pupils are larger, they let more light in. When more light enters the eye, it allows the Optometrist to easily view the back of your eye and check for signs of numerous diseases and conditions such as: Glaucoma, Cataracts, Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Detached Retina and Ocular Tumors.  Some of those conditions are more prevalent as you age, some are more common on patients with health conditions such as Diabetes. 

With that said, there are certain factors that your Optometrist will consider to determine if dilation is required, such as: age, eye health, overall health history, reson for the exam and your current symptoms. 

In some cases your Optometrist will want to take a closer look at your eyes without dilating your pupils. When you visit any of our  W. Optical locations in the Grand Rapids and Wyoming, MI area, you can trust that we will be able to provide you with the best care at no additional charge and without having all the uncomfortable side effects caused by dilating drops. Utilizing retinal imaging technology, our Optometrist are equipped ot give you the best eyecare as they are able to evaluate the retina, the optic nerve, the macula and blood vessels to pinpoint any signs of eye disease even at an early stage. 

Visit our website (www.thewoptical.com) to schedule your next comprehensive eye exam.