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What to Expect When We Dilate Your Eyes

1 June 2016

It usually takes 20 to 30 minutes for dilating eye-drops to begin working. People with light eye colour, such as blue, green or hazel, are more sensitive and dilate faster than people with dark eye colour, which is normally a deep or dark brown.

With dilated pupils, you will be sensitive to some lights 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.

When you are going to have a dilated eye exam or procedure, you should bring sunglasses with you to minimize glare and light sensitivity when you leave your appointment, especially if you are visiting Hunter Laser Vision during the middle of the day.

Dilating eye-drops 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. Because driving safely may not be possible after having your eyes dilated, you should make arrangements to have someone drive you after your appointment.

If you have any questions before or after a dilated eye exam or procedure, feel free to call Hunter Laser Vision on 1800 44 20 20 and speak to one of our specialists.

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