Our optometrist may request to have eye drops placed in your eye to dilate your pupils. Here’s why.
The fundus of the eye is the inside, back surface of the eye made up of the choroid and retina and emcompasses the optic nerve and macula. It’s very hard to see the inner back portion of the eye through your tiny pupils even with a bright light. A Dilated Fundus Exam (DFE) is a diagnostic procedure that uses special eye drops called mydriatic drops that will dilate the pupil, giving our optometrist a clear, unobstructed view of your retina and optic nerve.
Compare the undilated pupil vs. the dilated pupil: