The comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to check for many eye diseases (such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy) before symptoms or permanent vision loss has occurred. This will make treatment easier and more likely to be successful.
The exam includes…
You may have blurry vision for a few hours after dilation, so you should have a friend or family member drive you, if possible.
National Institutes of Health National Eye Institute has a great video of the Comprehensive Dilated Eye Exam to help you learn more.
You should get a comprehensive dilated eye exam every one to two years if you:
You may need an exam more often if you have diabetes or have other health conditions. Ask your doctor what he or she recommends.
If you do not have any of the risk factors mentioned above, the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends you get a comprehensive dilated eye exam…
School-age children should receive regular visual acuity and ocular alignment screenings at every primary healthcare visit, in schools, or at public screenings. Initial eye assessments for newborns and infants should occur with their primary care provider as well.