Vision and ocular health conditions are not always accompanied by recognizable symptoms, and there is often an increased risk to the patient if timely treatment is not initiated.
After initial examination, the optometrist will recommend an eye examination schedule at a frequency that meets YOUR particular eye care needs. Many factors (hypertension, diabetes, family history of eye disease, those on medication which may have ocular side effects, to name a few) will influence the frequency of your eye examination, and the eye doctor will weigh these factors in deciding when you should be seen again.
The following general guidelines have been established.
- Infants and toddlers (birth to 24 months) – by age 6 months
- Preschool (2-5) – at age 2 and again before starting school
- School age children (6 to 19 years) – every year
- Adult (20 to 64 years) – every one to two years
- Senior (age 65 and over) – every year
These apply to the average person who does not have any eye or medical problem and who is not experiencing symptoms which could indicate an eye problem. If you wear contact lenses or if you have any existing medical conditions or eye diseases you should have your eyes tested more frequently. If you notice a vision change or a problem seeing you should have an eye examination as soon as possible.