Why it’s necessary to dilate your eyes for an eye exam

Dilated pupil

Many patients ask during their eye exam if it’s really necessary to dilate their eyes. The answer is “Yes.” Looking into the eye through an undilated pupil is like trying to look into a dark room through a key hole with a flash light. Only very small areas of the retina can be seen at a time. When looking through a dilated pupil, it is like looking into the room through an open door. More areas of the retina can be seen at once and a view of the peripheral edges of the retina can be seen.

Optomap eye exam

Another option that rivals a dilated exam, and may even be better, is an Optomap® photo of the retina. This has the advantage of allowing a view of the entire retina at once. It also photographs it, so it can be referred back to in the future for comparison, looking for any changes. Either the Optomap® or a dilated examination of the eyes is very important, and it is the only way to detect the presence of bleeding in the eyes due to diabetes, high blood pressure, and a number of other diseases. They can also detect retinal holes, tears, detachments and tumors.

Contact your local Rinkov Eyecare Centers to schedule your eye exam today! You can also request an appointment online.

From the eye doctors, opticians and staff at Rinkov Eyecare Centers. We’ve provided comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, eyeglasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease such as cataract treatment in Columbus, Ohio, for over 35 years. Come see an optometrist at one of our Columbus locations – Downtown, West Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg.

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*this advice is general in nature and does not constitute an exam. For specific advice, see your eye doctor or healthcare professional.*

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