It seems that everyone knows to go to the dentist once or twice a year and their primary care doctor every year, but less people know how often they should have their eyes examined. In this blog post, we’ll be covering the importance of eye exams, as well as how often you should schedule them.
The Importance of Eye Exams
First, vision screenings or check-ups are not the same as eye exams. If you wear glasses, you likely make an appointment every year to renew or update your prescription. This appointment is not the same as a comprehensive eye exam.
During an eye exam, your ophthalmologist will check you for diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, or even retinal changes suggestive of high blood pressure. Comprehensive eye exams are important in keeping your eyes as healthy as possible, but how often should you schedule one?
If You’re 59 Years Old or Younger…
…schedule a comprehensive eye exam every 2 – 4 years. You only need an annual eye exam if:
- You have a family history of glaucoma. Family history of glaucoma increases your own risk of getting it. Regular eye exams let doctors catch any warning signs of glaucoma or other eye diseases as early as possible.
- You wear contacts. Contacts are a popular and convenient solution to traditional glasses, but they can sometimes dry your eyes out or cause other problems. Getting an annual eye exam allows doctors to make sure they prescribe the best contacts for your eyes.
- You have moderate to high myopia (nearsightedness). High myopia can be associated with an increased risk of retinal breaks or tears. Annual eye exam will help ensure your eye are healthy and ascertain there are no issues that require preventive action.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recognizes pediatric office eye screenings as appropriate for young children, so it’s completely acceptable for young children to have their eyes checked by their pediatrician.
If You’re 60 or Older…
…you should schedule an annual eye exam. The risk of eye disease increases with age, and it’s important to catch any warning signs as early as possible. Even if you don’t notice any symptoms or suspect anything is wrong with your eyes, schedule an eye exam with your ophthalmologist. Many eye diseases don’t cause noticeable symptoms until it’s too late. Don’t take any risks when it comes to your vision. Schedule an annual eye exam to keep your eyes as healthy as possible.
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