• How many days between dilated eye exams is safe for children?


    Question:

    How many days after having a child’s eyes dilated is it safe for them to have another dilated eye exam?


    Answer:

    Fortunately, there is no issue with pupillary dilation (using drops to widen the pupil and check the health of the structures in the back of the eye) and safety. If pupillary dilation is needed, you should have your child’s eyes dilated. Clinical trials have used daily dilation for up to 6 months as a treatment without causing harm. Obviously, most children dislike dilation from fear of eye drops, stinging in some cases, blurred vision and light sensitivity. Therefore, dilation should be used like any medical procedure—when it is necessary.