Why is a Dilated Fundus Examination is Important?

Dilated eye test

The dilated eye test, also known as a dilated fundus examination allows a more thorough eye examination of the internal health of the eye. It involves the administration of eye drops to dilate (increase) the size of you pupil temporarily.

Many sight-threatening eye diseases such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and retinal degenerative conditions can be easily detected by this test.

It is very important to schedule your regular dilated fundus examinations as recommended by your optometrist.

At Your Dilation Appointment

  • Bring your sunglasses and/or a hat to minimise light sensitivity.
  • Arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time to administer the drops.
  • The optometrist will place 1 or 2 drops into each eye. The drops will then take 15-30 minutes to take effect. The optometrist will examine your eyes after this time.
  • Eyecare Vision Optometrists strongly recommends that you do not drive until your vision has fully recovered.

Possible Side Effects

  • Blurred distance and near vision that may last up to 6 hours.
  • Increased light sensitivity for 5 to 6 hours.
  • Allergic reactions are rare. Please inform your optometrist if you have had an allergic reaction to eye drops in the past.
  • In some individuals, pupil dilation may increase the risk of acute angle closure glaucoma. However, your ophthalmologist will ensure that it is absolutely safe and appropriate prior to instilling dilation eye drops.

If you feel any discomfort from instilling eye drops, please inform your optometrist immediately.

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