How often is an eye exam recommended? Many people get an eye exam annually, while some believe that is too often. So what is the right answer? Many physicians recommend a comprehensive eye exam every one to two years, depending on age, risk factors and depending if you wear corrective lenses, too.
- Children should have a comprehensive eye exam around the 6 months of age and another near the age of 3. As they continue to develop, an exam before entering school is highly recommended. This varies between the age of 5 or 6. Undetected issues such as lazy eye, ptosis(drooping of the upper eyelid), or crossed eyes need to be caught early so they can be treated.
- Between ages 3–19, visits should be scheduled every year or two, unless more are recommended due to specific medical conditions.
These checkups are vital as a child’s eye shape changes, altering eyesight and increasing the need for corrective lenses.
- For ages 20–40, it is recommended to schedule an eye exam every five years unless vision changes, pain or flashes of light are becoming common within the eye.
- For those in good health, a baseline eye exam is often suggested at the age of 40 when adult vision usually begin to decline due to aging.
- Adults ages 40–64, should have an assessment every two to four years, depending on whether on any noticeable changes in vision occur or if he/she are experiencing any symptoms of illness. At age 64, it is important to get checked every one to two years because of an increased risk of glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration.
However, it is important to keep in mind the risk factors of high blood pressure, diabetes or a family history of eye disease, as it can also cause to have frequent eye exams for your health. For example, people with diabetes are recommended a yearly exam because of risk for eye disorders like diabetic retinopathy.
Eyes are what allow you to see the beauty of everything in life, so to be on the safe side and maintain perfect vision, schedule an eye exam with your doctor today!