What can you not do after having your eyes dilated?
Your vision will be blurred and more sensitive to blinding light from the dilating eye drops, so driving is one of the things you should avoid.
Besides putting other drivers and yourself at risk, you can also risk causing permanent damage to your retinas from UV exposure..
How long do you need to wait to drive after your eyes are dilated?
The dilating drops that we typically use last, on average, 4-6 hours before they wear off. Occasionally, we use longer lasting eye drops in younger children, which can last approximately 24 hours. Most people do feel comfortable to drive after their pupils have been dilated.
Do I have to wear sunglasses after dilation?
Wearing sunglasses: People can take a pair of sunglasses along to their eye appointment to wear after the eye exam. Wearing these will help protect eyes that are light-sensitive due to pupil dilation. Most eye doctors provide temporary sunglasses for their patients.
How long should an eye stay dilated?
Dilating eye drops used for examination of the eyes usually last anywhere from 4 to 24 hours. This depends on the strength and type of the drop, and on the individual patient. Dilation can last longer in people with lighter colored eyes, and in some cases, may last longer than 24 hours.