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Question:
Is it possible for your eyes to be overdilated at the doctor's office?

Answer:
It is important to know what you mean by "overdilated"—are you asking about the degree to which the pupil dilates or the duration of the dilation? With regard to the degree of dilation, there is not an excessive amount. The degree of dilation is highly variable, but no amount is excessive. With regard to the duration of the dilation, there is great variability based on the sensitivity of the patient and the strength of the dilating drops used. If you find that your pupils stay dilated for an excessive period of time, then you should ask your ophthalmologist if they can use a milder strength dilating drop at future visits.

Answered by: Paul Sternberg Jr., MD Dr. Paul Sternberg

Categories: General Eye Health

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Answered: Jan 08, 2014

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