Exams: Eye Dilation
An optometrist considers many criteria before recommending eye dilation. The top four criteria include:
- Age - The risk of eye diseases increases with age. It is highly recommended that seniors have a yearly dilated eye exam.
- Eye health - A history of eye diseases that affect the back of the eye, such as retinal detachments, may increase your risk of future eye problems.
- Overall health - Particular diseases, such as diabetes, increase the risk of eye disease.
- The reason for your eye exam - Certain symptoms may require a dilated examination to accurately determine the cause. Some conditions, that require follow-up examinations, may not need dilation at every visit unless new symptoms or concerns arise.
The eye drops used for dilation cause the pupils to widen, allowing in more light and giving your doctor a better view of the back of your eye. Eye dilation assists your doctor in diagnosing diseases and conditions, possibly at their earliest stages. Some of these include: diabetes (see Diabetic Eye Exams), high blood pressure, macular degeneration, retinal detachments and/or glaucoma.
The side effects of eye dilation is that it blurs vision blurry and increases eye sensitivity to light for a few hours. These side effects can result in impaired vision that can great affect an individual's ability to safely drive or work. Consequently, if eye dilation is greatly inconvenient, ask your doctor about arranging another appointment or arrange a ride with a friend or family member. Alternatives to dilation are available, but they typically are not as effective for allowing a careful and thorough examination of the back of your eye.Schedule An Appointment
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Dilating the eyes enables our Edmonton optometrists to see more of the eye so that you many never see less.
Our Edmonton Eye Exams Are Comprised Of 4 Phases Of Evaluation
1. Eye Exam Pre-Testing
Corneal Thickness | Intraocular Pressures | Visual Field
Pre-testing is a detailed process that gathers all necessary information for the optometrist in advance of the optometrist-administered eye examination. This process involves completing a detailed patient history, as well as a series of standard tests. Pre-testing is an essential part of the comprehensive eye exam process, providing valuable information and visuals for both the optometrist and the patient.More About Pre-Testing »
2. Advanced Diagnostic Testing
Retinal Photography, OCT, Topography
eye-deology Vision Care differentiates itself from other clinics by having the most advanced modern diagnostic specialty testing equipment. Specialty equipment, such as a wide-angle high-resolution retinal imager, Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), Humphrey Visual Field Analyzer and corneal topographer, ensures that patients receive the best comprehensive eye care.More About Advanced Testing »
3. Optometrist Examination
Health Assessment & Disease Diagnosis
eye-deology Vision Care Edmonton optometrists perform a multitude of tests and assessments to evaluate ocular health, eye coordination, and visual acuity. In addition, they also evaluate the results of the tests and scans performed during pre-testing. As part of patient education, our optometrists also take the time to show and explain results to patients.More About Doctor Exam »
4. Eye Glass Consult
Prescription | Lens Selection | Digital Fitting
If you require corrective lenses to improve your vision, our licensed opticians will customize their fit to your unique attributes, needs, lifestyle, and budget. Our opticians are happy to provide you with information about the latest eyeglass frame and lens technologies available so you can make informed decisions and begin seeing and looking your best.More About Eyewear Consult »