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Had to get my eye prescription udpated and I let them talk me into getting my eyes dilated so they can see and take pictures of the retinas... Holey Moley... I'll never do this again. Eyesight is 90% blurry and super light sensitive since this 11:00 this morning. I have no idea how I drove home. I had no depth perception or visual acuity at all. It's still really bad even though the sun is down and the lights are low in the house. Got a pounding headache and colors are still all messed up. This better be over with by tomororw or I'm going to raze hell.

I asked some friensd/ family and they said it only last 3-4 hours. Anybody elase had it bad like this?

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In my experience it's 6-8 hours- i'm surprised they let u drive home
 

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Some individuals will stay dilated longer than normal and can last 6-24 hours. By the next day, should be back to normal. There are rare instances (1% incidence) of a condition called acute open angle glaucoma which can be triggered by dilation - if you are having eye pain, eye redness, nausea/vomiting, you should probably contact the eye doctor.
 

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Like I said... Never again...

markba633csi... They said I would be a little light sensitive so they gave me a pair of dark sunglasses that covered my regular glasses. Fortunately, the place was only 6-7 miles down the road. Didn't take long to realize I was not in good shape.

Glaiben, If I have that 1% condition, there's going to be a 1% chance an eye doctor is going to be on his hands & knees tomorrow frantically looking to find the pieces of his teeth. I am not a happy camper about this. Was pretty much lead to believe this is a no-brainer that would "make me a little light senstiive for a couple hours". This is more like a bad trip. Took the day off thinking I'd mess around in the shop afterward. Been flat-out in bed getting up every couple hours to see if this situation is getting better or not. I have my monitor turned a low as it can go and still feel like I got ice-picks in my eyes. Wife says theyre not red though. No nausea -can't bear to eat anything.

Ray

OUt for the nite.
 

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I feel for you, last couple of times I was in for that "fun" procedure the dilatation has seemed to last longer. Asked the Doc about it and he said age can make it last longer. I also asked if I could get the drops to reverse it he said they are no longer made, bummer. I find that it seems to help, at least for me to just sleep it off. Bet looking at the computer screen is great fun also.
 

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. . . an eye doctor is going to be on his hands & knees tomorrow frantically looking to find the pieces of his teeth.
Hey Ray,
How are you goinga hit him if you can't see him?
 

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Had to get my eye prescription udpated and I let them talk me into getting my eyes dilated so they can see and take pictures of the retinas... Holey Moley... I'll never do this again. Eyesight is 90% blurry and super light sensitive since this 11:00 this morning. I have no idea how I drove home. I had no depth perception or visual acuity at all. It's still really bad even though the sun is down and the lights are low in the house. Got a pounding headache and colors are still all messed up. This better be over with by tomororw or I'm going to raze hell.

I asked some friensd/ family and they said it only last 3-4 hours. Anybody elase had it bad like this?

Ray
Ray same thing happened to me the second time I had my eyes dilated. I can’t go without a driver now. I just think some people react differently. I have to plan a full day to recover as well.

My twist to this story is that the first time ever was a doozy. Apparently this stuff “stings” your eyes so they first drop a numbing agent. I’m allergic to it and passed out! Same thing at the dentist! So no more for me.


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The vision seems better this morning -at least just by looking around inside the house at nearby objects. Still have a slight residual headache that seems to be responding to the morning dose of coffee.

Having a hard time believing I paid $59 extra for that test and completely ruined a precious vacation day.

The eye doctor won't be needing the dentist today but, I'm going to call and explain the pitfalls of trivializing possible side-effects from this procedure. Upon doing some Net research, apparently people over 50 have a greater chance of these side-effects. 58 qualifies as being over 50 last time I checked. "Doctor" of optometry... Yeah, right!

Ray
 
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The first time I had it done (years ago) it really bothered me, had it done again a few years ago and was over it in an hour. Had an eye exam last summer, now they use a laser to map the eye. No drops. They can still compare the results to the old photos.

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I never have my eyes dilated anymore--mine always last at least 24 hrs. It sucks big time.
 

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Hi Ray,

I am sorry that your experience was so long lived. It is unusual, at least in my own experiences, with having my eyes dilated. I first had my pupils dilated about 6 years ago, because the doctor thought that she could see a possible tear in the retina. I agreed, and she confirmed it, which resulted in laser eye surgery that very day. This likely saved the sight in that eye.

I now insist that she dilates my pupils at every eye appointment. I am also surprised that they let you drive home. I always have a driver. My side effects last only a few hours.

Brian
 
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My Eyes get dilated once a year as well due to a suspisious lesion. It does suck to drive home and I usually stay indoors for the day. Its a cheap price to pay if they can prevent long term damage.

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As it turned-out, the vision seemed to be back to normal by 3pm. Eyes got dilated around noon the preceding day. I have no known internal eye issues other than needing prescription lenses. I've been wearing contact lenses since the late 70's when they were "gas permeable" pieces of hard plastic. For checkups, they look into the eye with a bright scanning light (I'm sure you've had it done). I've asked about that and the eye doctors said they can see everything just fine as long as the patient is cooperative. They can see if anything looks suspicious.

I suppose the pictures are good if you see the same eye doctor over the years (which I don't) so they can compare as time goes. I didn't pay the extra $15 for the picture. Just paid for the dilation so he could see better. It was one of those "oh, what the heck moments" when I decided to do it. It ruined the rest of my day off and a part of the next one.

Well, in case you're interested, the retinas are fine according to the eye doctor and "eye pressure" was good too.

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I am very sensitive to dilation during eye exams. I always get the last appointment of the day, do it in the winter so i can drive home in the dark. When I get home I take a pain pill and go to bed and sleep or stay in bed till I feel better. Usually about 12-14 hours. If you don't get dilated its pretty hard for them to check for glaucoma or cataracts.
 

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Ray,

Always bring someone to drive you home when you get examined. I get examined twice a year. I need my eyes to work and live.
My wife drives me home. Some people are hypersensitive- you are one of them.
In a couple of hours, I am back to normal.

You must get them dilated so they can check for glaucoma and cataracts.
 
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