I Hate Dilated Pupils

I went to the optometrist today. I’ve had to wear corrective lenses of some sort (used to be glasses, now it’s contacts if I’m feeling up to it; glasses if I’m tired or lazy) since I was about ten or so, and my prescription has been getting steadily worse over the years. There was this wonderful two-year period recently when my prescription didn’t change and I hoped that it would not change very much anymore, but unfortunately that didn’t happen.

Anyway, at the end of the exam, I had to get my pupils dilated so my optometrist could look at the back of my eye to make sure everything is fine. The pupil dilation is my least favorite part of the eye exam. In all honesty, I actually like all the other parts, no matter how weird that sounds. It’s strangely satisfying to look at the letters on the wall and suddenly have them come into focus as the optometrist changes all the settings on the clever little prescription machine (I don’t know the technical term for it).

The problem with pupil dilation is the eyedrops take forever to wear off. During the whole time your pupils are dilated, not only are you sensitive to light (which can be handled by wearing sunglasses) but you can’t focus on anything close up. (My optometrist assures me this is normal. I don’t know if it happens to everyone, though.) Being that I read a lot, both proper print books and on the computer, inability to focus on anything close up can be rather distressing.

This time, though, I discovered something that helps the pupil-dilating eyedrops wear off: putting in regular eyedrops. (Actually, I didn’t discover this on my own; my mom suggested that I try it.) Putting in two eyedrops per eye about every fifteen minutes does wonders for helping the pupils not to be dilated. Just thought I’d share for fellow people with bad vision.

(As a side note, I did not realize until fairly recently that there are people my age who have never been to the optometrist. Since I’ve gone for most of my life, I’d always assumed that everyone else did, too, but apparently not. You learn something new every day, I guess….)