What is a dilated retinal exam?
A dilated retinal exam involves the instillation of medicated eye drops that temporarily increase the size of the pupil (the dark portion of your eye). These eye drops provide your optometrist with a better view of your retina, and allow them to better evaluate your overall ocular health.
Patients should receive an annual dilated retinal exam if they have any of the following eye conditions or have a family history of eye problems such as: cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetes type-1 or type-2, hypertension (high blood pressure), arthritis, or anyone with high myopia (nearsightedness).
So talk to your optometrist about booking a dilated retinal examination at your next appointment.