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You don’t just visit your eye specialist when you need new eyeglass frames. Regular eye checks can help keep track of your eye health and vision by getting regular eye checks. Depending on your age and the condition of your health, dilation may be necessary during your eye exam. 

Keep reading to learn more about dilated eye exams. 

What Is a Dilated Eye Exam?

During a dilation eye exam, your doctor will use eye drops to widen your pupils. Doing so will let more light in and give them a better view of the back of your eye. It will help your eye doctor diagnose conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and retinal detachment. 

You can expect to experience a blurring of your vision after a dilated eye exam. Your eyes may be also more sensitive to light. These side effects may last for a few hours and can make it difficult for you to drive. If this eye exam is not convenient for you, you may ask your eye doctor to schedule another appointment. 

When Is It Necessary?

Eye doctors consider various factors when deciding if dilation is necessary during eye health exams. The National Eye Institute recommends getting a dilated eye exam once every one to two years for people who are 60 and older. Those with an increased risk of glaucoma will need to get eye dilation once every one to two years by the time they reach 40. 

If you have a history of eye diseases affecting the back of the eye, you may have an increased risk of developing eye problems in the future. Your overall health and the reason you are getting your eyes examined are also considerations if you need a dilated eye exam. 

At Excel Eyecare OD PA, we’re here to help with your vision and eye care needs. Besides eye exams, we also offer Lipiflow for dry eye disease and eye surgery co-management. Call us at (980) 319-1870 or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate.