Eye Exams for the Whole Family
Routine eye exams are important, regardless of your age or physical health. During a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor will not only assess your visual acuity to determine your optical prescription, but will also examine your eyes to look for early signs of eye disease or general health problems.
Has your vision changed?
Any sudden changes to your vision should be reported to your eye doctor immediately, as this could indicate a sight-threatening eye emergency.
However, even a slight change in your vision should be evaluated to determine the cause.
Even if you haven’t noticed any vision changes, annual eye exams can help your optometrist track your eye health and keep your prescription up-to-date, to ensure that you and your family are seeing both clearly and comfortably. This is especially important if you or your child wears glasses or contact lenses for vision correction.
Eye Care for Everyone
Eye Exams for Adults
The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends regular eye exams for all patients — even those who don’t require vision correction — because early detection of a vision problem increases your chances of optimal treatment results.
If you’re 18-64, it’s a good idea to have your eyes examined every 1-2 years. That’s especially true starting at age 40, when the first signs of common age-related eye conditions like cataracts, presbyopia and macular degeneration may appear.
The risk of eye disease increases as we age, so annual eye exams for patients above 65 are crucial.
If you wear glasses or contact lenses, have diabetes, hypertension or other health conditions, your eye doctor may recommend more frequent eye exams to monitor your eye health.
Eye Exams for Children
It has been estimated that up to 10% of preschoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision problems.
It is therefore important that all children have their eyes examined from an early age, to determine whether their eyes and vision are developing normally. The AOA recommends bringing your child for an eye exam at around 6 months of age, 3 years and before they begin elementary school.
After that, annual eye exams are recommended for all children, to ensure their vision remains clear, and to check for refractive errors or other vision conditions that can impact their academic success.
According to the AOA, children who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses should have their eyes examined at least every year, or according to their optometrist's instructions. Read more about Pediatric Eye Exams.
Children with existing vision conditions, such as lazy eye or strabismus, as well as children who are at risk for certain vision problems, may need to 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 conditions/disease
- History of eye injury
- Physical illness or disease
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