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.
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:
May 23, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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