Our office will be closed Tues, Sept 21st through Fri, Sept 24th.   We will reopen on Mon, Sept 27th.    We will return all calls at that time. 

 

Will my eyes be dilated?

We now have a retinal camera, so the doctor can use this camera to take a photo of the back of the eye without dilation. Most patients can opt for this instead of dilation. There is a $30 charge, which isn’t covered by insurance.

For patients who don’t opt for retinal photos, we usually dilate patients every year.  Dilation allows the doctor to have a wider view of the retina, where more serious, sight-threatening conditions can occur (e.g. bleeding related to diabetes, hypertension and other systemic disease).

Once the dilation drops take effect you will notice two things:  first, you will be much more light sensitive, especially when you go outdoors. Please try to bring sunglasses with you to the exam.  If not, we’ll be happy to provide you with sunglasses.  Second,  your vision up close will be much blurrier so it will be difficult to read or see text on a cell phone.  Driving and vision at distance should still be normal.  The light sensitivity and blurriness with small print usually wear off after 2-3 hours.