A large pupil allows the eye doctor to examine the inside of the eye in order to diagnose and treat eye diseases. Also, relaxing the focusing muscles of the eye allows for a more accurate measurement of refractive error (need for glasses) in children. Finally, dilating eye drops are sometimes used to treat eye diseases, such as amblyopia and inflammation.
If you are being seen for a complete exam, please prepare to be dilated. Your near vision may be blurry afterwards and most patients are light sensitive. In some instances distance vision may be fuzzy. We will provide temporary sunglasses but if you are wary of driving, please bring someone with you.