dilating your pupil

wHAT is dilation?

Dilating your pupils entails putting some drops into your eyes, and waiting for your pupils to dilate (See Fig. 1) so that a full retinal examination can be performed. On average this takes 3 instillations of the drops and a wait of around 20 to 30 minutes. The effects of the drops last for around 4 hours and will blur your vision especially for near / reading. It is also important that you inform your doctor if you're driving as this is not advisable after you've had your pupils dilated. 

why is dilation necessary?

what is seen after dilation? 

Figure 1. Illustration of pupil dilation. Image courtesy of NIH National Eye Institute

what is viewed on retina?

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