What is a dilated eye examination

Dilated eye examinations are an important part of eye health care and can be used to identify common vision or potential eye problems before any symptoms are shown.

Dilation drops are applied directly to the eye, to widen the pupil, allowing your optometrist to check for damage to both the retina and the optic nerve which can occur when a person has glaucoma.


What to expect afterwards

The drops are painless although your vision may be slightly blurry for a while after application. It is therefore recommended that you do not drive directly after your examination and that you protect your eyes from bright light by using sunglasses.