SHARPER EYECARE - See Sharp. Look Sharp.
Why Dilate?
 
The eyes are a window to your health.
 
Dilation is the stardard of care for examing internal structures of the eye.  Eye drops are used to enlarge the pupil.  Dilation can detect many eye diseases and systemic diseases that affect the eyes and vision, along with your health. Dilation is recommended for patients of all ages.  It is recommended infants have their eyes dilated at 6 months to 1 year of age.  Early prevention is paramount! The doctors at Sharper Eyecare recommend that you have your eyes dilated often. 
 
Dilation is sometimes necessary to determine an accurate prescription for glasses or contacts.  Eye drops are used to relax the vision.  Refusing dilation in this instance will result in an approximate prescription, which may
not be 100% accurate.  It is possible to have inaccurate or undetected refractive error.  Symptoms ranging from eye strain, fatigue, headaches and blurry vision may thus ensue.  We want you to see clearly and comfortably. Please accept our doctor's recommendation for treatment.  We want what is best for your eyes and vision. 
 
We recommend patients have their eyes dilated on their first eye exam.  This gives the doctor a baseline to use and the most information about a patient's eyes and vision.
 
Dilation side effects are light sensitivity and blurry vision, especially up close.  Side effects gradually wear off after several hours. A driver is recommended for your ride home. Bring your sunglasses. If you have not had your eyes dilated in recent years, now is the time to schedule your dilated eye examination with Sharper Eyecare.
 
THIS IS NORMAL.

 
THESE ARE NOT NORMAL.
(The Big Four)
CATARACT
 
MACULAR DEGENERATION
 
GLAUCOMA
 
 DIABETIC RETINOPATHY
 
The above eye diseases are considered the most common.  However, many more eye diseases exist.  These include specific eye diseases such as vitreous floaters, vitreous detachment, retinal detachment, retinitis pigmentosa, Coat's disease aka retinal telangiectasis with exudative retinitis, venous stasis retinopathy, Best's disease, pseudotumor cerebri, optic nueritis, choroidal nevus, choriodal melanoma and retinoblastoma to name a few. 
 
Systemic disease can present in the back of the eye in the forms of hypertension, cholesterol, diabetes, inflammatory and autoimmune disorders, even cancer.
 
When you have your eyes examined at Sharper Eyecare, it is imperative that you know why you should have your eyes dilated.
 
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.


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