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Why should I have regular eye exams as I get older?

Dr. Aaron P. Weingeist, MD
Ophthalmologist (Eye Specialist)

If you are in your 30s and otherwise healthy, do not require glasses or contact lenses, have not had a serious eye injury or eye surgery, and do not have a family history of serious eye disease, you should have a comprehensive eye exam by the time that you are 40. If you have any of the issues that I just mentioned, you may have a higher risk of eye disease and should be evaluated more regularly, depending on the specifics of that problem. Consult your eye doctor to determine the most appropriate interval.

As you get older, it is very important to have regular eye examinations. Some eye changes may signal something more serious than age-related changes, such as an eye disease that needs medical treatment. Even if you are not experiencing eye symptoms, regular checkups are a must. Many eye diseases do not have warning symptoms but could be minimized or slowed with proper treatment. For example, although eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal detachment are often painless and the onset is gradual, they can greatly impair vision if not promptly treated.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.