You’re busy. We get it! With all the responsibilities in life, from caring for families, pets, and homes to your work and personal life, we understand that often there just doesn’t seem to be enough time in your day. Asking you to get an eye exam just adds one more thing to your already-full plate.
However, caring for the health of your eyes is a very important concern. Issues with eyesight can severely affect your quality of life and make the simplest of tasks difficult, and sometimes even impossible. How often should you have an eye exam?
Eye care experts usually recommend that you have a comprehensive eye exam every year or so, and the frequency will depend on age, risk factors, and whether you already wear corrective lenses.
- Children. The first eye exam a child receives should be done at about 6 months of age, and routine annual exams thereafter will be crucial so that they can be ready to learn in the classroom since so much of the information they receive is presented visually. Many children don’t receive the care for their eyes that is necessary, and this can result in ongoing problems as they mature.
- Adults. For those from 18-60, a routine eye exam should be done every two years, while those over 60 should get an eye exam on an annual basis.
- Risk Factors.
- Children. Premature birth, low birth weight, poor health of the mother during pregnancy, crossed eyes, or family history of eye disease are all factors that you should take into account when it comes to how often a child should have an eye exam. Annual eye exams are necessary for those children who wear eyeglasses.
- Adult. A family history of eye disease, diabetes or high blood pressure, or a visually demanding occupation are a few risk factors to be taken into account for an adult when determining how often they should have an eye exam. Any adult that wears contact lenses should have annual eye exams.