DILATION AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT
Having a dilated eye exam (getting the drops in your eyes) is very important to evaluate the health of the back of your eye. Your optometrist will decide if dilation is necessary based on the results of your exam, your age, your eye health, and your risk of developing any eye diseases.
Dilation drops enlarge your pupil to allow your optometrist to have a better look at the structures in the back of your eye. The main side effects include blur up close, some blur at distance, and light sensitivity. Some people feel comfortable driving after their dilated eye exam. However, if you are unsure, it is recommended to bring a driver as these side effects will typically last 2-4 hours. Don’t forget to bring your sunglasses!
TYPICALLY, EYE EXAMS ARE COVERED BY YOUR HEALTH BENEFITS
Group benefit providers offer regular coverage for eye exams. Most insurance providers offer coverage once every 24 months. Check with your provider to confirm your coverage.
Eye exams for seniors 65 and over are eligible for a portion of their eye exam to be covered by MSP.