Preparing For Your Eye Examination

What To Bring to your eye examination:

  • The pair(s) of glasses and/or prescription sunglasses you wear most often
  • Current contact lens information, if you wear contact lenses
  • Any relevant information about your general health including allergies and any past eye surgeries
  • A list of current medications and/or supplements you’re taking
  • Your BC care card and any private vision insurance you may have
  • A driver if you’re not confident to drive after your pupils are dilated
  • Any specific questions or concerns you may have about eyes or vision in general

Why Should You Have Your Pupils Dilated?

Although receiving dilating drops during your eye examination is ultimately your choice, there is a high likelihood that Dr. Walker will recommend it, as it allows for a far superior examination of your eye health. Dilating drops cause your pupils to open wider to give a better view of the back of the eye, allowing the retina to be properly examined (and documented with high quality retinal photos). Having an eye exam without pupil dilation is like trying to examine a room through a keyhole as opposed to opening the door. We recommend dilation for the following patients:

  • Anyone over the age of 30 who has never had their eyes dilated before
  • Every few years between the ages of 30-50
  • Every full examination for patients over 50
  • All patients who are highly near-sighted
  • All patients with Diabetes

At Inspired Eyes, we strive to give our patients the most thorough, comprehensive eye examination possible. Pupil dilation causes your eyes to be light sensitive and for some people it can make your vision blurry. For 4-6 hours afterwards, this may affect your ability to drive or work. To be safe, we recommend having a driver with you and allotting up to 60 minutes for your visit. You may choose not to have a dilated exam this time, but our hope is that the guidelines above are helpful to make an informed decision.


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