A dilated retinal examination lets your doctor see the inside of the back of your eye.
To do the test, the doctor uses a light and a magnifying tool called an ophthalmoscope.
This test is done to look for eye problems and eye diseases. It also can be used to find other problems, such as head injuries or brain tumours.
It is usually part of a regular eye examination. You may also have a vision test and a test for glaucoma.
Tell your doctor if you or anyone in your family has glaucoma. And tell your doctor if you are allergic to any type of eyedrops.
Your doctor will use eyedrops to widen (dilate) your pupils. This makes it easier to see the back of the eye. Your doctor may also use eyedrops to numb the surface of your eyes. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes to fully dilate the pupils.
The dilating eyedrops may make your eyes sting. They may also cause a medicine taste in your mouth.
When your pupils are dilated, your doctor will shine a bright light into your eyes and examine them.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have questions about the test.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Current as of: March 3, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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