Eye photography can help detect disease in the back of the eye from diabetes. Some people have pupils that are too small for a photograph to be taken. To make your pupils slightly larger, these patients will receive eye drops to dilate the eyes.

Dilating Drops

You will receive 0.5% tropicamide ophthalmic solution placed in the eye. This will dilate the pupil so we can take photographs. You may have a hard time driving right after using the eye drops. Think about having someone drive you to and from your visit.

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There is a very rare chance of problems after using the eye drops. Problems could include:

  • Blurred vision

  • Sensitivity to light

  • Eye pain

  • Headache

  • Large pupils

  • High eye pressure

When to Call

Contact your eye doctor right away if you have:

  • Pain

  • Blurred vision that lasts more than 12 hours