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I can just skip eye dilation, right?

Updated: May 1, 2019

You really should not skip an eye dilation, and here’s why.


There are generally two parts to any routine or annual eye exam. The first part is checking vision, glasses, and/or contacts. The second part is assessing eye health, and this is done typically with dilation.


What is dilation?

The pupil, the central black part of your eye, is like a window the eye doctor looks through to assess the tissue inside the eye. During an eye exam, special eye drops are instilled into the eye which cause the pupil to dilate (widen).