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Pupil Dilation at Home
1What is cycloplegia? Why is it necessary?
Cycloplegia, also called pupil dilation, is a medical way of making the pupils of each eye bigger. This is to prepare the eye for further testing procedures such as retinoscopy and retinal examination. This preparatory step also suspends accommodation in patients considered to have very high refractive errors. Adequate cycloplegia means accurate measurement of refractive errors and appropriate prescription for glasses.
2When is it done at home?
It is a procedure typically done in the clinic. However, when the child is uncooperative or when the condition suspected is known to be more accurately addressed with long-acting dilating drops, the patient is advised to undergo home dilation.
3Where do we get the dilating drops? How do we apply it at home?
A prescription for the dilating drops and diluent shall be provided. The clinic staff prepares the proper dilution that will be used at home. The drops should be applied starting 3 days prior to the date of retinoscopy or retinal exam. They should be applied twice a day (12 hours apart) for 3 days, and on the morning of the scheduled retinoscopy or retinal exam.
4What to expect after pupil dilation? When will the effect of pupil dilation end?
The patient will describe blurring of vision (more at near) and sensitivity to bright light for 2 weeks.
Dr. Barbara Roque is a an ophthalmologist whose practice includes general ophthalmology (which includes cataract surgery) with subspecialty work in pediatric ophthalmology, strabismus and ophthalmic genetics.
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