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Eye Exam! Which Results in Whining

Now that I have olditude, I go and have an eye exam every two years to check for glaucoma and other stuff, and to chronicle my progress towards stylish eyewear. Yesterday was my third appointment ever. I have learned to truly dislike the dilation process - I imagine everyone dislikes it, but my dislike is new and thus fiery.

Part of the dislike is how f***ing long it takes my eyes to go back to normal. I timed it this time. The drops went in at 2:15 pm. I went home in the bright sunlight (ouch! even with their eye protection and sunglasses on top) and dozed for a couple of hours with a pillow on my head, to ease the tension headache left from all that squinting. After 4 hours, I could read a little if I made the print very large on my e-reader, and didn't do it too long, but sunlight was still Right Out. I just wandered around the apartment with no lights on. By 8:00 pm, I could finally see enough iris to tell the color. At 9:00 pm, I think the dilation was down about a third, or maybe a bit more, and I gave up and just went to sleep.

Next time, I'm going to find out what their latest possible appointment is, and hopefully try to go in winter, so it will be dark earlier.

The light! It burns!



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Apr. 18th, 2013 02:23 pm (UTC)
There are actually drops to reverse the effect. I take it they're a little risky, so many doctors prefer not to use them, since they're technically not necessary.

Hrrrrm. I just Googled and it looks like maybe they're not available in the US anymore?

Also, maybe there's a way they could decrease the dose on the dilation ones for you. You should definitely mention it next time. Maybe they'll avoid the dilation.

My last exam was at a Lenscrafters and they didn't dilate my eyes. One of the tests involved looking in a machine and looking at the black square and I was like.. what square? The assistant and the doctor both tried to do tests using this machine and didn't do very well. Although at least the doctor acknowledged I was nearsighted enough they should use that machine with my glasses on! Hey, look, there's a black square!
Apr. 18th, 2013 02:30 pm (UTC)
I will definitely ask next time! I will have a time frame to give them, at least....
Apr. 18th, 2013 02:47 pm (UTC)
Hmm... I go to an optometrist annually, to adjust my blind-as-a-bat contact lens prescription, to check for glaucoma, and to make sure nothing new and terrible is happening. He doesn't dilate my eyes. (He does put in anesthetic drops, so that the glaucoma test can touch my eye without pain/irritation.)
Apr. 18th, 2013 04:20 pm (UTC)
I've found that begging for a smaller dose does help. I was only out of it for three hours the last time I had them tested.
Apr. 19th, 2013 01:14 pm (UTC)
I want to 'like' this. :)
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