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Is there an alternative to having my pupils dilated during an eye exam?

There are many efforts to develop technology to provide a proper retinal examination without dilating a patient's pupil. Although many of these technologies provide a partial evaluation of the retina, most ophthalmologists (eye doctors) would advise that none of them is equal to the quality and reliability of a dilated-pupil examination of the retina. Someday the technology of these devices may progress to equal a dilated-pupil examination of the retina, but that day has not yet arrived.

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