Why do you dilate the eyes?
Pupil dilation is performed to purposefully increase the size of the pupils during an eye exam so that we can fully examine the health of the eye. This portion of the exam is critical to preventing and treating eye conditions that could potentially lead to vision loss. The view to the back of the eye is limited when the pupil is not dilated. In order to see the entire retina, the pupil must be dilated. This is achieved by placing dilation drops in the eyes.
Once the drops are administered, it typically takes 15-30 minutes to achieve fully dilated pupils, depending on the person’s response to the medication. Dilation drops used for examination of the eyes usually last anywhere from 4 to 6 hours. This depends on the strength and type of the drop, and on the individual patient. Dilation can last longer in people with lighter colored eyes, and in some cases, may last longer than 24 hours.
I see fine. Why do I need to see an Eye Doctor?
Eye exams aren’t only for people with poor vision. They're an important way to find eye problems before symptoms show up. Early on, glaucoma and diabetes affect the eye before there is vision loss. If it's been more than a few years since your last visit, or if you've never had one, contact us.
What insurances do you accept?
We accept most medical insurance and some vision plans. Below is a list of some of the insurances we are providers for. If you don't see your insurance listed, please message us. We accept many more.
-Community Eye Care
-Medicaid (Alabama & Mississippi)
-National Vision Administrators
-United Health Care
Which is actually better? One or two?
We still don't know!! More research is needed :)