It’s important for adults to have eye exams on a regular basis to check for problems. Regular eye exams are critical for detecting:
- Age-related macular degeneration
- Diabetic retinopathy
But everyone needs regular eye exams. This is particularly important if you have risk factors or a family history of eye problems. Children need their vision checked at 6 months, 3 years, and before first grade. These exams should be done during preventative pediatrician visits and with a pre school eye screening. Adults should see an eye doctor at least every two years and annually after age 60.
Your doctor may recommend more frequent exams if you have a health condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure, work in a visually demanding job, or take medications that can affect eyesight.