Q: What is the purpose of dilation?
A: When the pupil is functioning normally, shining a bright light into a person’s eyes causes the pupil to constrict. Using dilating drops allows the optometrist to use the instruments necessary to evaluate the posterior portion of the eye, including the retina and optic nerve, without the pupil becoming smaller. In fact, the large, dilated pupil allows a much better view all the way to the “far corners” of the retina.
Q: What are the long-term effects of Laser Correction?
A: Though laser refractive correction has only been available for about 10 years, it is strongly believed that there are no long-term consequences of PRK or LASIK. Long-term effects of such procedures are within the purview of the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA has approved both procedures.