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Most people ignore having eye tests regularly. Those that do have regular tests done, it’s mostly the regular eye exams. But to rule out a lot of debilitating eye diseases, it is necessary to do the “Dilated eye exam“.
When you get a dilated eye exam, the doctor puts a few drops into your eyes to “Dilate” the pupils so he/she can see a larger area inside the eye(s), namely the optic nerve and more of the retina etc. When the pupils are dilated, the area behind it is more open to viewing and examining.
This is not a painful procedure, but it does make the person see, at the very least the close range vision, but really the whole vision, blurry for a few hours. Of course this condition wears off by itself and vision gets back to it’s state before the dilation. So this means, unless you’re going to spend the next 3-4 hours after your exam in the doctor’s waiting room sitting and waiting for it to wear off, you’d better have someone drive you back.
The Exams and Conditions
If you are over 60, you HAVE to have this done to rule out “Age Related Macular Degeneration (from NIH)”. This doesn’t mean younger than 60 are not at risk, it’s just very uncommon. Macular Degeneration is a very debilitating disease where the field of vision deteriorates from the center out in most instances.
“According to the Mayo Clinic, other diseases that the “Dilated eye exam” will help discover are:
- Eye tumors
- High blood pressureInfectious diseases
- Macular degeneration
- Retinal detachment
Many diseases and conditions can be detected at their earliest stages during an eye exam”
So get the test done! The inconvenience is worth it.