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My child had s first eye exam today and s eyes were dilated

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My child had his first eye exam today and his eyes were dilated during the part where you sit in the chair and read across the room.I'm wondering if this is the best way to see if he needs glasses
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.
This is Dr. David
dilation of the eyes should have been done after his visual acuity test
his visual acuity test should have been done first before his eyes were dilated.
if he had his eyes dilated first and then visual acuity test, then the visual acuity test has to be repeated again with his eyes not dilated.
let me know if you have questions.
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.
This is Dr. David
I just spoke with an ophthalmologist here at the site.
Actually the only way to get a correct refraction in children is with the use of eye drops (usually atropine or cyclogel) due to their huge (and uncontrolled) powers of accommodation....
What was done to her kid is correct and normal.
let me know if you have questions.