How long does it take for eyes to no longer be dilated

Having your eyes dilated is a crucial part of any eye exam. When your doctor applies the dilating drops, it can take around 20-30 minutes for your eyes to open fully. After your eyes are fully dilated, the effects will last for four to six hours for most people. 

The length of time can vary from person to person, and your doctor can’t tell you exactly how long the effects of dilation will last and how severe they will be. 

What Is Eye Dilation?

Eye dilation simply means a doctor putting drops into your eyes to help your pupils widen. This helps doctors determine whether there are any signs of disease in your eyes. Eye dilation is not always necessary when you’re going for an eye examination and whether you need eye dilation will be determined through your age, overall health, and your risk of eye disease. 

What Happens To Your Eyes During Dilation? 

When your eyes are dilated, your vision will become blurry. Your eyes will also be susceptible to light. This will affect your ability to drive or work. Eye dilation is certainly inconvenient but is also necessary for your doctor to get a good idea of what condition your eyes are in. If eye dilation is going to cause you significant issues, then there are alternatives available, but they aren’t as effective

Dilation helps your eye doctor diagnose many conditions, including glaucoma, retinal detachment, age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. Eye Dilation can also help doctors diagnose other diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes. High blood pressure and diabetes can lead to changes in the eyes, so the sooner a doctor can diagnose any problems with your eyes, the better. 

The view to the back of the eye is limited when the pupil is not dilated. When your pupil is small, only your optic nerve and macula are visible. To see your entire retina the pupil must be widened. So, it is advisable that you get your eyes dilated during an eye exam to give doctors the best possible chance at diagnosing any problems.

How To Manage Side Effects Of Eye Dilation? 

If you’re concerned about the possible side effects of eye dilation, then it’s worth trying to schedule in your eye exam for a time when you may not have to work or carry out vital tasks. It may be a good idea to have a friend or relative to drive you to and from your eye exam.
You may also want to bring sunglasses to protect your eyes after the appointment; it may also be worth taking a few hours off work if you can.

At the West Boca Eye Center, we carefully consider every patient’s requirements, but our doctors may need to dilate your eyes to get a clear indication of what’s going on with your eyes. Our professionals will help you make the correct decision and make sure that you get the best treatment possible.