If dilating drops are used, the eyes may be sensitive to light. You'll have trouble focusing your eyes for several hours. If you know that your eyes will be dilated, you may want to find someone to drive you home after the test. You'll also need to wear sunglasses when you go out or enter a well-lit room.
If you are driving to your appointment, you may want to take someone to drive you home. Some eye exams include dilating the pupils. Until they return to their normal size, the outside world may seem too bright and even uncomfortably for a few hours. Your vision may also be a little blurry.
Eye drops can affect your vision for a few hours, so you shouldn't drive after your appointment until your vision returns to normal. The eyes will be sensitive to light for a few hours after the exam if dilating drops are used. A slit lamp is a microscope with a bright light that is used during an eye exam. It allows the ophthalmologist to take a closer look at the different structures in the front and inside of the eye.
It is a key tool for determining eye health and detecting eye diseases. This leaflet is for people who need to be tested for diabetic eye disease using an instrument called a slit lamp instead of a digital camera. The slit lamp is the central instrument of ophthalmology and you'll want to be able to quickly master its use during the first month of your residence. During the exam, the doctor will look through the microscope and adjust the light of the slit lamp to see certain parts of the eyes.
It will then turn on the slit lamp and focus a narrow, high-intensity beam of light toward the eye. In addition, when the slit lamp is attached to a special magnifying lens, the doctor will be able to see the retina and optic nerve located at the back of the eye.