Eye exams are done to test your vision and screen for glaucoma and macular degeneration, two common, often age-related conditions. Eye exams are recommended at least once between ages 20 to 29 and at least two exams between ages 30 and 39. At age 40, get a baseline eye disease screening. Based on the results, follow the ophthalmologist's recommendations until age 65. After that, complete an eye exam every one to two years.
Jeffery C. Hinson, MD
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Macon, GA 31201
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How often should I have an eye exam?
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Why should I get my child's eyes checked?
Although most Americans who have vision problems are 65 years or older, even preschoolers may not see as well as they should. Young children may be nearsighted, which means distant objects look blurred. Eyeglasses or contact lenses can correct nearsightedness and help people see better.
Another cause of vision problems in young children is amblyopia, which affects 2% to 4% of preschoolers. Amblyopia, also called lazy eye, is poor vision in one eye that is otherwise physically normal. Treatment for amblyopia includes finding the condition early and using a patch or eyedrops to give the stronger eye a rest and to strengthen the weaker eye.
Just one out of every seven preschoolers receives an eye exam, and fewer than one out of every four receives some type of vision screening. Because finding amblyopia early is important for treating it effectively, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends vision screening for amblyopia and its risk factors for all children ages 3 to 5 years.
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How often should I have my vision checked?
The frequency of vision checks should be related to your age and any symptoms you may notice. For children, I suggest an evaluation before starting school for the first time, and sooner if there is any sign of excessive squinting, funny head positioning or eyes which do not seem to line up straight. As children grow they should be seen annually and once through puberty a bi-annual visit should be fine as long as no changes are noted in the quality of vision. For adults with no family history of eye disease and no change in vision a bi-annual exam is adequate. As we age I like to increase the frequency of examination to annually as I am on the lookout for development of cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma. If a person develops any ocular disease the frequency of visits will change to reflect the condition being monitored or treated.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
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