Questions about my Eye Exam

How long is the appointment?

You should allow two hours for your visit. You may download and complete your paperwork and bring them with you the day of your exam. Go to forms page

What do I need to bring?

Please bring your prescription glasses and a list of your current medications. Your eyes will be dilated. You may wish to bring sunglasses with you. If not, we will provide a disposable pair.

How long will the dilation last?

Your pupils will remain dilated for 2 to 4 hours. For most people the reading vision returns after about one hour and your distance vision for driving will be fine. Dilation for a laser exam will last longer because of the type of drops used. Children will remain dilated for approximately 24 hours after examination.

What is the difference between and ophthalmologist and an optometrist?

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who has completed 4 years of medical or osteopathic school and 4 additional years of internship and residency. He/she is licensed to treat medical eye diseases and perform surgical procedures. At Wilkinson Eye Center most of our medical doctors have also completed Fellowship training in a sub-specialty of ophthalmology. An optometrist has completed 4 years of optometry school and specializes in routine eye examinations for glasses and contact lenses. He/She is not licensed to perform surgery but may have a therapeutic license and can prescribe some medications.

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