Why Dilate Your Pupils? By Dr. James Ivanoski, Optometrist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
When you have your eyes examined, you may wonder why it is important to have your pupils enlarged or dilated. Many patients find this inconvenient as it makes them very light sensitive and may impair their reading vision for 3-4 hours. The reason is that dilation is an important aspect of a complete eye examination. By taking a careful look into the back of your eye, we can better determine the health of your eyes and the rest of your body.
What are we looking for? Cataracts, retinal tears, bleeding, abnormal blood vessels, evidence of glaucoma and much more. Many common medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol can affect the eyes. By closely evaluating the inside of your eyes, we can determine if these and many other medical conditions are adequately controlled.
Dilation also allows us to obtain a more accurate glasses prescription. Especially in younger patients, there is the possibility of accommodation while initially measuring the "which is better one or two." This means that the written glasses prescription may be too strong for the patient. Dilation relaxes accommodation so this problem is eliminated.
Should we find an abnormality in the back of your eye that may be associated with a medical problem, we would then communicate with your primary care physician about the need for better control of that condition. So a dilated exam is an important aspect of a complete medical evaluation of your eyes and definitely worth the small inconvenience. Call us to arrange your medical eye examination soon.
Dr. James Ivanoski practices with Dr. Martha Jay at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin. He specialized in comprehensive eye care for all ages and contact lens fitting. Dr. Martha Jay's emphasis is on medical and surgical eye care such as blade-free LASIK and small incision cataract surgery.
For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.MadisonMedicalEyeCare.com.