December 1, 2017

Why Are Eye Exams Important?

Eye Exams

Regardless of your age or physical health, an Eye Check Up will help to detect any eye problems at their early stages when they’re most treatable.

During a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor will

  • Determine your prescription 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.

Who should get their eyes examined?

Eye examinations are an important part of health maintenance for everyone.

  • Adults

    • Adults should have their eyes tested to keep their prescriptions current and to check for early signs of eye disease. If you are 20-39 years of age, you should get a complete eye exam every 2 years.
  • Children

    • For children, eye exams can play an important role in normal development and learning. Children who have trouble seeing or interpreting what they see will often have trouble with their schoolwork. Many times, children will not complain of vision problems simply because they don’t know what “normal” vision looks like. If your child performs poorly at school or exhibits a reading or learning problem, be sure to schedule an eye examination to rule out an underlying visual cause.

 

RECOMMENDED EYE EXAM FREQUENCY FOR CHILDREN

  • Birth to 24 months – At 6 months of age
  • 2 to 5 years – At 3 years of age
  • 6 to 18 years – Before first grade and every two years thereafter

 

RECOMMENDED EYE EXAMINATION FREQUENCY FOR ADULTS

  • 18 to 60 years – Every two years
  • 61 and older – Annually