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It’s important to have your eyes checked and dilated at least once every year.

​​​Why do my eyes have to be dilated for my eye exam?​

“Dilation allows for the evalu​ation and detection of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and glaucoma on the retina that cannot be seen when pupils are in their normal state,” says Ashley Huynh, O.D.​, an optometrist at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic’s Fort Bend Medical and Diagnostic Center in Sugar Land and Clear Lake Medical Center Clinic in Webster.

“When eye drops that enlarge the pupils are placed in the eyes, patients become sensitive to light and may experience blurry vision, especially up close, for a few hours,” Dr. Huynh says. “Almost all my patients are able to drive themselves home, but if they feel uncomfortable, I advise they bring a friend to drive them.”

Dr. Huynh stresses the importance of yearly eye exams.

“It’s important to have your eyes checked at least once every year. Some diseases like glaucoma can steal sight without signs or symptoms. It’s an insidious disease causing a gradual loss of peripheral vision without the patient being aware of it. I’ve had patients who’ve lost 75 percent of their sight without noticing it," she says.

“And sadly, the damage is irreversible.”

The disease has personally affected Dr. Huynh: Her mother-in-law is blind in one eye because of undetected glaucoma.

“This happened before I m​et my husband, otherwise I would have gotten her eyes examined," she says "If it’s been a year or longer since your last checkup, I recommend you make an appointment right away. ​Vision is a precious gift. Just imagine the rest of your life without it.”​​​​​​​

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Ashley Huynh, OD

​I am a strong believer in patient education.  I like my patients to be fully informed of all aspects of a condition as well as the various treatment options before they make an educated decision.  Vision is a priceless asset that should never be taken for granted.