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Drops to dilate eyes by eye doctor

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Martina23

Does anyone have experiences with eye drops by the eye doctor, can they set me back? I have to go on Monday to the eye doctor, and I dont know if I should tell him not to give me any eye drops for dilating the eyes. Are they dangerous? Can they check the eye pressure also without drops? What they are good for?

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NoMoreADs

It's better to stay away from anything, including eye drops in my opinion. If there isn't a real need to dialate your eyes then you shouldn't do it. I think eye doctors do it in the majority of cases so they can make money off the insurance companies for using the drops. If you aren't at risk or presenting symptoms for the condition that is revealed by dialating your eyes then it's probably best to skip them.

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scallywag

My optometrist uses some new machine that allows them to see or test whatever it is they examine when drops are used. It costs me more than the drops, but it has been worth it to get in and out of appointments more quickly and not to have to wear dark, dark, sunglasses afterward to protect myself.

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NoMoreADs

My optometrist uses some new machine that allows them to see or test whatever it is they examine when drops are used. It costs me more than the drops, but it has been worth it to get in and out of appointments more quickly and not to have to wear dark, dark, sunglasses afterward to protect myself.

 

It's about time they invented something like that. That's awesome!

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scallywag

Not all optometrists invest in the machines. If you want that, you may have to search for a practice that has modernized.  It will likely be a practice that has several optometrists rather than a one-doc shop.

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NoMoreADs

Not all optometrists invest in the machines. If you want that, you may have to search for a practice that has modernized.  It will likely be a practice that has several optometrists rather than a one-doc shop.

 

Interesting, thanks for the advice. I appreciate it.

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Martina23

Ok, I really read now that there are such non-contact procedures, where you dont need drops and the machine just pushes you some air in the eyes and they can measure the eye pressure with that. They write that most doctors dont buy it as they can not invoice so much to the patients like when they do it manually with the drops when they can invoice 18-40 EUR per patient. Again money!

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compsports

I find this thread interesting as one who recently had an eye exam and had difficulty for about two hours afterwards due to the eye drops.   Good thing I took public transportation as I wouldn't have been able to safely drive and was not warned about this ahead of time.

 

Still liked the eye doctor alot but will definitely see if there is another option besides using eye drops to examine the eyes at the next appointment.

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scallywag

Here's something I found that lists what is usually in the eye drops: Wise Geek - What Are Eye Dilating Drops

 

The machine that my optometrist uses is a retinal scanner. I guess that's what you can ask for if you're looking to avoid the pupillary dilation for the examination for glaucoma, retinal neuropathy, macular degeneration, etc.

 

An article on Cleveland[dot]com on Dilation free retinal exams

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UnfoldingSky

Just thought I'd post here, I've had to have my eyes dilated several times with the drops since having bad problems from psych drugs, and both times it didn't seem to cause any issues. 

 

However I agree if you can avoid them and use a less invasive method, do it. (Oh and I had a ride both times, so there was no issue with driving, definitely get a ride or take transit if you have to get them.)

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