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Not going back to normal after dilated exam

05/24/2006

Question:

after 7 hrs my daughters eyes are still dilated and hurt. is there anything to make them go back to normal quicker?

Answer:

The most common dilation drops usually wear off after 4-6 hours. But if the patient has light-colored irises, the effect may last a little longer.

If her eyes are still dilated and hurt after 24 hours, call your eye doctor.

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Response by:

Robert D Newcomb, OD, MPH, FAAO Robert D Newcomb, OD, MPH, FAAO
Professor Emeritus of Clinical Optometry
College of Optometry
The Ohio State University