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How long does an eye dilation last?

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An eye dilation can last for four to 24 hours depending on the strength of the drops and an individual's situation. Dilation in children may last for more than 24 hours.

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People who have light-colored eyes may experience longer eye dilation, as stated by the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. Drops given to children are usually long-lasting and stronger than those given to adults. Premature babies are usually given weaker drops.

Eye dilation is necessary for treating different eye infections, such as amblyopia. Dilation works by enlarging the pupil to allow the eye doctor to diagnose certain conditions. Common side effects of eye dilation are blurred vision and light sensitivity.

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