Has anyone else experienced aching eyes and headache after eye dilation for a retinal exam? I told the clinicians that this happened on my last exam and asked them if they could use a different procedure. They were skeptical/dismissive that this could cause pain and a lasting headache. I do have a damaged optic nerve due to optic neuritis as well as a prescription for Fresnel prisms in my eyeglasses because one eye now has a focal point higher than the other (which causes a vertical distortion in the visual field). I know eye exams are important. I know I have macular degeneration and should have regular eye exams. But, almost 24 hours later, I am still angry. I finally did something I have never done before. My eyes were dilated and examined shortly after I arrived for a 9:30 appointment. I walked out at 12:15 without seeing the doctor. I hate being treated as if I am a complainer or a hysteric or a dotty elder.