We get this question a lot, so we thought it would be good to answer it in more detail. What question is that you ask? Well, it turns out inquiring minds would like to know how often to get an eye exam to maintain optimal vision health.
Time for an eye exam?
When it comes to how often to get an eye exam, the short answer is it depends. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. Like individuals themselves, every pair of eyes is unique.
The specific answer you may get when it comes to the frequency of getting a comprehensive eye exam depends on several factors.
Some of those factors include your age, your race, your general health, family history and whether or not you currently wear glasses or contacts.
For instance, if you are a 20-something healthy adult with no existing vision conditions, you could likely schedule complete eye exams every two to three years.
During our 40s, our eyes could undergo a few more changes so it’s recommended to have regular eye exams every one to two years if you are otherwise healthy.
For those aged 65 and older, comprehensive eye exams should become annual.
Why regular eye exams matter
Once again, we’d like to stress people with glasses and contact lenses or a family history of eye disease, for example, should visit their eye care professional at least once a year.
Another reason regular eye exams are recommended is they can tell you a lot about your health in general. Eye doctors often advise patients to speak with their general practitioners if they notice signs of other conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
Plus, early detection for eye diseases like glaucoma and aged-related macular degeneration is the best way to treat it. Early detection happens through consistent and thorough vision screenings.
In a nutshell, how often to get an eye exam depends on the individual. Pay attention to your eyes, your vision and your general health. Remember, you can never be too careful or proactive when it comes to protecting your eyes and monitoring your vision health. If you need more guidance, just ask us!