Routine eye exams are important, regardless of your age or physical health. During a complete eye exam, your eye doctor will:
- Determine or update prescriptions for eyeglasses or contact lenses.
- Check your eyes for common eye diseases.
- Assess how your eyes work together as a team.
- Evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.
- Other various tests to determine the overall health and wellness of your eyes.
How Often Do You Need to See the Optometrist
The AOA recommends an annual eye exam for ALL patients regardless of age and prescription strength. Even patients without glasses or contacts can benefit from an annual examination.
Doctors often recommend more frequent eye examinations for people with diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders. Many of these diseases can have an impact on vision and eye health.
For patients over 40, it’s a good idea to have your eyes examined every year to check for common age-related eye problems such as presbyopia, cataracts and macular degeneration.
Eye Exams for Children
Experts estimate that approximately 5% to 10% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision problems. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), all children should have their eyes examined at 6 months of age, at age 3 and again at the start of school. Children without vision problems or risk factors for eye or vision problems should then continue to have their eyes examined at every year throughout school. Read more about Pediatric Eye Exams.
Children with existing vision problems or risk factors should have their eyes examined more frequently. Common risk factors for vision problems include:
- Premature birth
- Developmental delays
- Turned or crossed eyes
- Family history of eye disease
- History of eye injury
- Other physical illness or disease