Eyecare experts recommend you have a complete eye exam every one to three years, depending on your age, risk factors, and physical condition.
Adults: The AOA recommends an annual eye exam for any adult who wears eyeglasses or contacts. If you don't normally need vision correction, you still need an eye exam every two to three years up to the age of 40, depending on your rate of visual change. Doctors often recommend more frequent examinations for adults with diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders, because it can have an impact on vision and eye health.
If you are over 40, it's a good idea to have your eyes examined every one to two years to check for common age-related eye problems such as glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. The risk of eye disease continues to increase with advancing age, therefore, everyone over the age of 60 should be examined annually.Children: Children without risk factors or vision problems should have their eyes examined at least every two years throughout school.
Children with existing vision problems or risk factors should have their eyes examined more frequently. Some common risk factors for vision problems include:
The AOA recommends that children who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses should have their eyes examined at least every 12 months or per their eye doctor’s instructions.
It’s important to have some basic information ready at the time of your eye examination. Remember to bring the following items to your exam:
Laser for treating retinal diseases and glaucoma
Optical Coherence Tomogram
OCT provides very accurate mapping and measurements of the retina and optic nerve, which is crucial in detecting patients with glaucoma.
YAG Laser for glaucoma and Intraocular Camera
IOL Master is used to measure for precise cataract surgery