Hate being dilated? Did you know there’s now an alternative!

When was the last time you were dilated?  Do you know what dilation is trying to achieve? Most people don’t fully understand except for the fact that they know their vision is going to be blurry and light sensitive for a few hours afterwards.

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In actuality, a dilated eye examination is an important part of the health evaluation of the inside of your eye. Typically when I’m performing an eye examination, I am unable to see fully inside someone’s eyes because the size of the pupil is too small to get a thorough evaluation. The pupil is the dark part in the center of your eye and it acts as a window for me to see into your eye and look at each part of the inside of your eye. So in order to achieve complete evaluation of the retina and determine whether or not it’s healthy, it’s often necessary to dilate the eye, effectively opening that window wider.  But recently a new device called an Optomap has been designed to eliminate the need for dilation in many circumstances.

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This digital scan of your retina creates a 3-D view of the inside of your eye. This is fantastic because not only does it allow me to get a detailed look inside someone’s eyes but it also avoids the blurred vision and light sensitivity that comes along with dilation.  But likely the greatest benefit of the scan is that it creates a permanent record of how your eye looks each and every year. By doing this we are able to uncover eye conditions and diseases and changes to your eyes at a much earlier rate them previously before. This is where the technology really stands out.  Because of this benefit I recommend the Optomap retinal scan on all of my patients at each examination.  To see how the Optomap scan works, watch this video below to see this amazing technology for yourself. 

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Here at Crowder Eye Center, we’re always trying to do our very best to bring in the newest technology to make sure your eyes are healthy and your experience is fantastic. 

- Dr. Joshua E. Crowder