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Can I drive home after an eye examination?

Laura C. Fine, MD
Ophthalmology
When examining the internal eye during an eye exam, your eye doctor often applies dilating drops drug to enlarge your pupils, allowing a better examination of the eye's interior. The drops take time to wear off, and people often experience light sensitivity and difficulty focusing on close tasks for several hours afterward. Be aware that it is often difficult to drive while your eyes are dilated. Reversal drops, which reduce the time to recover from dilating drops, are available.

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