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Dr. Hagens has opened a new sister clinic Absolutely Eyes! (formerly Kindersley Optical) in Kindersley, SK

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Why do you put those drops in my eyes?

To test for signs of eye disease, a comprehensive examination of the back of your eye (retina) is necessary. Dilating drops enable us to examine the entire retina. Without drops, your pupil will constrict with light and only allow us to see the central area of your retina. Drops take 15 minutes to work and your pupils will remain enlarged for at least four hours.
During this time you will be sensitive to light, and you may have blurry near vision. Most people can still drive afterwards, although distance vision may be slightly blurred. For comfort and safety, we recommend you bring along a pair of sunglasses.