Why do my eyes stay dilated for so long?
Eye dilation can sometimes result in a temporary condition called cycloplegia.
Cycloplegia is paralysis of the eye muscle that allows a person to focus.
For most people, cycloplegia occurs only while the eye dilation drops are taking effect.
In rare cases, eye dilation may cause cycloplegia to last for several days..
What do dilated eyes mean?
In low light, your pupils open up, or dilate, to let in more light. When it’s bright, they get smaller, or constrict, to let in less light. Sometimes your pupils can dilate without any change in the light. The medical term for it is mydriasis. Medicines, injuries, and diseases can all cause this eye condition.
How long does it take for eyes to Undilate?
Once your doctor puts in the dilating drops, it takes about 20–30 minutes for your pupils to fully open, or dilate. After your eyes are fully dilated, the effects will last for four to six hours for most people. Some people feel the effects of dilating drops for longer, including people with lighter color eyes.
Can you drive after your eyes have been dilated?
When driving, it is important to be fully alert, and ready for anything. Following pupil dilation, it is possible that glare could simply be too obstructive. Therefore, we recommend that all patients who have their pupils dilated bring a trusted friend or family member to drive them home from their appointment.
What happens after eye dilation?
Once your eyes are dilated, there is an increase in light sensitivity because the pupil is large and more light is coming through, so bring your sunglasses, or your ophthalmologist may provide some disposable shades for your use. You may also experience blurry vision, particularly if you are trying to read.
Is there a way to reverse eye dilation?
At this time, there is nothing available for reversal of dilation. People who get dilated will still need to wear their sunglasses and to put off reading for a couple of hours until the effects of the dilation drops wear off.