Dr. Reckell explains how often an eye doctor will chose to dilate a patient's pupils.
That depends on your age and your health history. We recommend everybody be dilated the first time we see them so we get the most thorough possible evaluation of the retina.
Now depending on their health history and age, it will be every one or two years. If they have a clean health history there’s been no changes from their dilated exam and their health history from the year before and they don’t have any health disorders, they haven’t had any type of injury, been in a car accident, auto accident, had a head injury where they have fallen or sports injury, then if there’s any injury we are going to need to dilate every time we see them.
If they are on specific medications for health disorders we are going to want to dilate every time we see them. But if your health history is relatively clean, you’ve had a baseline dilated exam, we may then say every other year with the dilations, but if there’s any health concerns then we are going to say every year; it’s the most thorough way.
About Dr. Susan Reckell, O.D.:
Dr. Susan L. Reckell graduated from Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris University in 1984. She holds optometry licenses in Arizona and Michigan. With more than 23 year of experience, she currently works as an optometrist at Riviera Opticare Inc.