Eye exams for young children
By age 3, your child should get his or her first eye exam, according to the University of Utah Health Care. An eye doctor can begin checking for signs of early problems like crossed eyes or lazy eye.
Aging and its effect on eye exam frequency
Vision considerations for the elderly
Because aging vision can degenerate quickly, Glaucoma.org recommends getting a full eye exam
every 6-to-12 months – not years – after age 65. This is especially important if you are still driving, as impaired vision can not only make it hard to read signs, it can put your life and the lives of others at risk.
Medical factors and eye exam frequency
Beyond the normal patterns of aging that affect how often you should have your eyes examined, there are medical conditions that can shake up the equation. Many of the diseases that threaten vision can be cured, prevented, or at least delayed if the condition is detected early enough.
A condition that results in the gradual loss of your vision, glaucoma is an increased pressure in the eyeball. Glaucoma can be detected early as part of a comprehensive eye exam. Early detection is the best way to protect your vision from glaucoma-related damage, according to Glaucoma Research Foundation.
Risk factors for glaucoma include being African-American, Asian, being over age 60, having a family history of glaucoma, or being a steroid user. See a full list of glaucoma risk factors here.
If you have diabetes, you may be at greater risk for cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and other eye diseases. Those with diabetes are advised to have eye examinations every year.
Signs of eye trouble
Even if it’s not time for your regularly scheduled eye exam, do not wait if you or one of your children are blinking or rubbing eyes, getting headaches, or squinting to read things. These can be signs of an eye issue worth immediate attention.
A comprehensive eye exam
Your eyes are important, and deserve the care and attention they need to function properly. By getting your regular exam and keeping a close watch for any potential problems, you can keep them healthy, and working at their best.