COVID-19 update
We have reopened as of Friday, May 15th with strict protocols in place to ensure your safety.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

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 other year or so, unless they have a medical condition that requires yearly dilation (e.g. diabetes, hypertension).  Dilation allows the doctor to have a wider view of the retina, where more serious, sight-threatening conditions can occur.

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.