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Why Does Your Eye Doctor Dilate Your Pupils for an Eye Exam?

If you’ve been following the guideline to have regular eye exams, then you’re probably familiar with having your pupils dilated. Why does your eye doctor do this?

By dilating your pupils, the eye doctor can get a better view of your inner eye structures – so the eye exam is more comprehensive and more detailed. While the back of your eye can be seen through an undilated pupil, it cannot be examined as fully.

A full evaluation of your macula, retina and optic nerve is possible through dilated pupils. In many common eye diseases, such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma, these are the parts of the eye that exhibit signs of a problem. Also, health conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes can often be detected on these parts of the eye.

What happens when the eye doctor dilates your pupils?

Your eye doctor or a technician will insert eye drops into your eyes; it takes 20 – 30 minutes for them to take full effect. Then, your eye doctor will use a lighted microscope to inspect your eyes.

Initially, you may feel a slight stinging when the drops are first inserted, but the discomfort is typically minor and short-lived. For a few hours afterwards, your eyes will be extra-sensitive to light and vision may be slightly blurred. Wearing sunglasses can help manage this sensitivity. Dilation usually wears off within four to six hours.

Even though getting your pupils dilated for an eye exam may feel like a nuisance, it enables your eye doctor to check your ocular health and overall body health with much more accuracy. So the benefits are clear! Contact an expert eye doctor near you to schedule an eye exam.

At Vaske Vision Care, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 303-500-1966 or book an appointment online to see one of our Parker eye doctors.

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Most people with diabetes know that they are at a higher risk of many ocular diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and cataracts. Yet, more importantly, diabetics need to be aware that eye complications, loss of vision, and blindness are not inevitable! Whether you have type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes, there are a number of ways for you to protect your eyesight. Our team of eye care professionals at Vaske Vision Center in Parker, CO, will help you take better care of your vision.

To get you started, we recommend that you take the following actions:

Keep Blood Sugar Levels in Control

Many diabetic eye complications are usually associated with poor blood glucose control. It is critical to maintain your blood sugar within the parameters that your physician advises. The results of many scientific studies support that this is the best way to take care of your vision when you have diabetes. In our experience treating patients in Parker, we’ve also witnessed the positive effects of proper diabetes control on vision and eye health!

You should be checking your blood sugar routinely on a home meter. If the numbers change suddenly and unpredictably, it may indicate a need to change your medication or meals. Contact your doctor for assistance.

Visit Our Eye Care Clinic for Regular Eye Exams

Dilated comprehensive eye exams are the only reliable method for identifying the early symptoms of many harmful diseases, such as glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy. When these eye diseases are detected early, our eye doctors can begin treatment early, which drastically raises the rate of treatment success! That's why it's so important to have a diabetic eye exam at least once a year, or as often as your eye doctor recommends.

Pay Attention to Changes in Your Vision

Even with routine eye exams, some symptoms should be inspected immediately, as soon as you notice them. If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact our office in Parker, CO for guidance:

  • New black floaters that appear suddenly
  • Loss of vision, starting from one side and extending across your eyes
  • Seeing wavy lines instead of straight
  • Blurry central vision
  • Difficulty with facial perception
  • Inability to see clearly at night

Practice Healthy Habits

Even with the extra stress that diabetes places on your eyes, a healthy lifestyle can have a powerful impact on the lasting health of your vision.

  • Exercise is known to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, thereby reducing the total stress on your visual system.
  • Don’t smoke! Smoking greatly increases your risk for diabetic retinopathy.
  • Eat a balanced, nutritious diet – rich in vitamins and minerals – to help keep your eyes strong.
  • Sunglasses are important for protecting your eyes from the damaging effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

We care about your whole health. If you have diabetes of any type, we’ll help you take better care of your diabetes and your eyes, so you can enjoy sharp vision for as long as possible!