Eye Care

How often should I visit the eye doctor?

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  • Generally, yearly checkups are helpful for preventive health, as eye doctors can occasionally catch some warning signs of other systemic diseases. Your primary care doctor may also have other reasons for wanting you to see an eye doctor, so follow her or his directions. Overall, healthy adults ages 18 to 40 without risk factors (for example, diabetes or a family history of eye problems) should see an eye doctor every two or three years. Healthy adults ages 41 to 60 should see an eye doctor about every two years. Adults ages 18 to 60 with risk factors should see an eye doctor every one to two years. The American Optometric Association recommends that people ages 61 and over visit an eye doctor annually regardless of other risk factors.
  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered

    In general, discuss with your primary care physician when you need to see an ophthalmologist. Go over your family’s eye health history to determine if you’re at higher risk for certain diseases.

    If you wear glasses, see your eye doctor annually to keep your prescription up to date and to screen for issues like retinal detachment.

    After age 40, you should see an eye doctor once every two years. In addition to screening for asymptomatic issues like glaucoma, ophthalmologists often are the first to detect conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

    If you experience vision changes at any time, such as blurriness or dimness, make an appointment with your eye doctor right away.


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  • ALaura Fine, MD, Ophthalmology, answered
    Following are guidelines for how often you need to see your eye doctor:
    • Younger than 40: After initial examination, only when visual changes, eye injury, or ocular symptoms occur
    • Ages 40-64: Every two to four years
    • Ages 65 and older: Every year
    Special considerations:
    • People at greater risk for specific eye conditions because of age, family history, or other factors will need to schedule certain parts of the eye exam more frequently.
    • People with certain illnesses, or those taking certain medications, may need to schedule more frequent exams; ask your doctor for guidance.
    • Women who are pregnant and have diabetes may need more frequent eye exams.
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