Many people go to the eye doctor, and many of those same people don’t want to have their eyes dilated due to a few hours of inconvenience, such as difficulty being in bright rooms or sunlight, or difficulty with near activities. However, having a dilated eye exam is probably the most important part of the exam, for it can usually save your life. During a dilated retinal exam, doctors can look for conditions affecting the optic nerve, macula, vitreous, blood vessels, and tumors inside of the eye that can have possible systemic manifestations.
Although its usually seen in the office of a retinal oncologist, a rare malignant or metastatic tumor may be present at a general eye doctor’s office visit. If a tumor is suspected of being choroidal in nature, it could mean possible lung cancer in men or breast cancer in women. At the time of tentative diagnosis, a battery of tests need to be performed as quickly as possible. Sometimes, ocular treatment is initiated, and the eye and life can be saved. And, there are times the life can be saved in spite of inoculation of the eye. Unfortunately, the eye has to be removed in order to save the patient. It is important to realize the importance of an annual exam, and the relevance of having a dilated eye exam.
In light of breast cancer month, it is important to realize the momentary inconvenience of having the eyes dilated might just save the life of your mom, grandma, sister, daughter, aunt, close friends and wife.
This blog is only intended to shed light on the importance of having annual, dilated retinal exams. If you have further questions or inquiries, visit your eye care professional.