Frequently Asked Questions
How long do appointments typically last?
A typical appointment that includes a dilated exam will last about 45 minutes. All initial visits include a dilated exam. Appointments that do not include a dilated exam are typically 15 to 30 minutes.
If my eyes are dilated, how long will the effects last?
In children, the effects of dilated eyes generally last about six hours. Children with lighter colored eyes may experience the effects for longer than six hours, while children with darker eyes will likely experience the effects for a shorter time period. Having their eyes dilated will not prevent children from returning to school. Teenagers and adults typically experience the effects of dilated eyes for approximately two hours.
What is a refraction and is it a part of the eye examination?
A refraction is a measurement of the optical power of the eye. This measurement is a part of the eye exam even if the patient does not require eyeglasses.
For questions such as what is Strabismus, what is lazy eye, or what is amblyopia, please reference the AAPOS website's page for eye terms