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Pupil Dilation after Eye Exam Overview

What is pupil dilation after an eye exam?
An eye examination may require dilation, or opening, of the pupil of the eye. Since the pupil is an opening into the eye, pupil dilation allows a doctor to see the retina more clearly. Pupils are dilated with medicated eye drops. Normally, the pupils remain dilated for an hour or two after the exam. Some medications cause the pupil to remain dilated for much longer periods.

What are the symptoms of pupil dilation after an eye exam?
Symptoms that may occur with pupil dilation after an eye exam include blurry vision, eye tearing, and increased sensitivity to bright light.

How does the doctor treat pupil dilation after an eye exam?
Pupil dilation after an eye exam does not require treatment.

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Last Updated: Feb 11, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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