Generally, yes, unless otherwise discussed with your doctor. At your yearly eye examination, the eye drops will be used to widen your pupils in order to give your doctor a better view of the back of your eye. Eye dilation assists your doctor in diagnosing common diseases and conditions, possibly at their earliest stage
It usually takes about 10-20 minutes for dilation eye drops to begin working. With dilated pupils, you will be sensitive to light and you will find it difficult to focus on nearby objects. These effects can last for up to several hours, depending on the strength of the drop used and on each individual.
We recommend that you bring sunglasses with you to minimize glare and light sensitivity when you leave your appointment. We will offer you disposable sunglasses for your comfort when leaving our office.
Dilating eye drops can cause a variable amount of blurry vision for an unpredictable length of time. Your eye doctor cannot tell you how much your vision will be affected and for exactly how long. If you are concerned about your ability to drive, many patients prefer to bring someone with them to drive them home.