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How long does it take for eye dilation to wear off?

How long does it take for eye dilation to wear off?When getting an eye exam, dilation of the patient’s eyes must occur. Dilating the eyes causes the pupil to increase in size.

This is beneficial for optometrists because it enables them to conduct a complete inspection of your eye health. Primarily the retina and optic nerve.

Dilation during an eye exam is required.

It allows eye doctors to help you in identifying and preventing any possible eye conditions. While dilating the eyes makes your pupils bigger for your eye doctor to see.

Dilation also impairs your ability to see clearly.

So, you need to wait until it wears off before engaging in any serious activities.

To learn more about the process of eye dilation and how long it takes to wear off, continue reading.

How long does it take for eye dilation to wear off?

On average, it takes four to six hours for eye dilation to wear off. Alternatively, it only takes about 30 minutes for your eyes to dilate fully.

But, everyone’s eyes are different.

So, the exact time it takes for your dilation to wear off can be lesser or greater. The type of eye drops used will also impact how long your dilation lasts.

Here are the most common eye drops used for dilation exams:

  • Tropicamide
  • Atropine
  • Cyclopentolate
  • Hydroxyamphetamine

Here is an article by Nvision Centers you can read to learn more about various eye drops used for dilation.

Optometrists check for several harmful eye conditions when examining a dilated pupil. You’d be surprised at what can show up through a simple eye exam.

Here are some of the conditions eye doctors look for while performing a dilated exam:

  • Glaucoma
  • Diabetes
  • Retinal detachment
  • High blood pressure

This is a good reference article by Healthline to learn more about what diseases are identifiable through dilated eye exams.

Side effects of dilation

Dilation comes with some side effects. It’s important to know what they are so you can assess your visual capabilities after being dilated.

The most common side effects of dilation are trouble focusing, sensitivity to light, and blurry vision. If you experience any of these side effects, just wait for them to wear off.

A reputable optometrist like Tucson Optometry Clinic can guide you through the entire process. Ensuring you remain safe and comfortable during your exam.

Having an experienced and passionate optometrist office perform your eye exam makes all the difference.

People Also Ask

Q: Is Eye Dilation necessary?
A: yes, to fully understand your eye health, optometrists must dilate your eyes. The likelihood of developing an eye condition increases with age. People over 60 years of age should get a dilated eye exam every once every two years.

Q: Can you drive with your eyes, dilated?
A: it’s not recommended. Eye dilation affects people differently. Some people feel comfortable enough to drive after an eye dilation exam. Others don’t. Speak with your optometrist and gauge your vision after the exam.

Q: How long do you need to wait to drive after your eyes are dilated?
A: eye dilation typically wears off after about 4-6 hours. In younger children, dilation can last for up to 24 hours.

Contact Tucson Optometry Clinic today!

To get started with your eye exam, contact Tucson Opetemtry Clinic by visiting their website and filling out the contact form. You can also give them a call to schedule an appointment.

Take care of your eyes today so you can see clearly tomorrow!

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East:  8456 E Broadway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85710
Phone:  520-885-2052

West:  1700 E Fort Lowell Rd
Suite 103
Tucson, AZ 85719
Phone:  520-325-8700

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