You get your eyes dilated at your exam, but are you really sure why? You might be surprised to learn that eye dilation can actually be key to helping your doctor diagnose a variety of conditions.
Drops placed on your eyes relax the iris, the colored part of your eye, which makes the pupil, the opening in the middle of the iris that admits light into the eye, widen so your doctor can more completely examine the inside of your eye. This allows your doctor see the back of your eye more clearly. This process helps your doctor detect diabetes, tumors, retinal detachment, high blood pressure, macular degeneration and a variety of other issues in their early stages.
Although eye dilation makes your eyes sensitive to bright light for a few hours after an exam, it’s a worthy prevention effort. By detecting some of these issues earlier on, dilation could help save your vision and overall health.
Schedule an appointment with your physician to learn more about the dilation process and if you might be at risk for certain conditions or diseases.