Regular eye exams are essential for maintaining your healthy vision. They are the fundamental building blocks of a good eye care plan. Lifetime Vision Source, your trusted eye center, discusses the recommended frequency of eye exams and their role in safeguarding your eyesight.
How Often Should You Get an Eye Exam?
The number of times per year you should get an eye exam depends on various factors, including your family history, current eye health and associated risks. The American Optometric Association and the Academy of Ophthalmology created this recommended eye exam frequency table as a guide. It’s still up to your eye specialist’s discretion, however, how often you should actually have your eyes assessed.
We generally recommend taking your kids for a baseline pediatric eye exam at six months of age. They should undergo another one upon turning three years old, and then another before they enter their first grade. For children who have no symptoms of vision problems or are at low risk of developing one, a comprehensive eye evaluation at least once every two years until they reach their 18th birthday is a good schedule.
For kids at a higher risk of developing eye problems due to their family health history, yearly exams, or as often as the eye doctor prescribes, are important. Adults under 60 years old should have complete eye exams ideally once every two years. Once you reach the age of 61, have your eyes looked at every year.
What’s the Importance of Regular Eye Exams?
With regular eye exams, we can easily identify changes with your eye structures, leading to the early detection of underlying eye and medical diseases. Consequently, your optometrist is given the best opportunity to manage them immediately, reducing the risk of them advancing to more serious problems. Maintaining your visual health also means you won’t have to worry about health-related expenses.
At Lifetime Vision Source, we don’t cut corners when it comes to keeping your eyes in good health. We give undivided attention to each of our patients, so we can provide the complete and proper eye assessment, education and treatment you deserve. Most eye conditions have similar symptoms, but we understand you have individual needs that we have to take into account when creating your treatment plan.
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