I get my eyes dilated all the damned time, but, not every time, today for example. Diane usually drives me, unless I know for sure no dilation - as I also have a chronic glare problem in the first place, never mind with dilation.. I checked some website and they say the dilation experience varies with the drug and dosage, related to age or eye syndrome, and it sounds like for blue eyes too. My fun usually lasts 12 - 24 hours.
However, once I'm home, I like it. I can see my house much better than usual (from the RP), quite a pleasure. I also do use the computer, maybe not in the first couple of hours from the drops, but after that, no problem.
I have several sets now of dark glasses. The best are the ones they gave me after December's surgery, very protective, especially for summer. They came in some kind of post surg kit with some pamphlet on deals if I would buy more. Also got some on a trip in a cvs pharmacy - ones with side panels like the hospital glasses, but somewhat lighter in color. And when I got a new prescription filled with a 2-fer-one price, I ordered one set of dark glasses trifocals. There a little on the light side, but I like them, and tend to wear a sun hat in summer anyway.
With someone like me with my f/u eyes, driving through the forest could be problematic, as dark glasses make the heavy tree overstructure too dark, and regular glasses make the sunny parts somewhat blasting. Luckily, that forest that I always used to drive through was in not that wildly sunny an area.
Anyway, most places I frequent re eye doctors have give away dark glasses on hand at the counter.
Tsar, complain to the VA, they should at least have a preprinted list for eye exam prep, or some advice when you set up the appointment.
Chai - for a pressure check, they have always given me non dilating drops (I have glaucoma in the messed up eye but before that I had this sort of watchable ocular pressure). The dilation is to see the retina, the fundus (?) and whatever.