HOW OFTEN SHOULD I GET MY EYES CHECKED BY AN EYE DOCTOR?

EYE EXAM FREQUENCY BELOW IS A RECOMMENDED MINIMUM.

DISCLAIMER: YOUR EYE DOCTOR MAY DETERMINE THE NEED FOR MORE FREQUENT FOLLOW UP OR MEDICAL TESTING IN ORDER TO REDUCE RISK OF VISION LOSS. FOLLOW THE ADVICE OF YOUR EYE DOCTOR.
One INFANT screening to rule out any vision/developmental eye problems even if they pass the pediatrician eye screening (the child does not have to be able to read).
One PRESCHOOL screening to rule out any vision/developmental eye problems that may affect learning even if they pass the pediatrician eye screening.
One ROUTINE VISION EXAM EVERY school year even if they passed the school screening. Kids eyes are changing rapidly at this age and can affect learning.
One ROUTINE VISION EXAM EVERY 1-2 years if glasses are worn or EVERY 2-3 years if no glasses are needed.
One ROUTINE VISION EXAM every 1-2 years since near vision changes can cause eye fatigue and difficulty reading. One COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL EXAM by age 40 and as ordered thereafter by your eye doctor.
One COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL EXAM EVERY year due to increased risk of medical problems affecting the eyes. ROUTINE VISION testing AS NEEDED when medical eye care is stable and new glasses are needed.
Note:- A COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL EXAM may be ordered if the routine vision exam reveals risk factors or signs of a medical issue that needs to be assessed.
FAMILY HISTORY THAT INCREASES RISK FACTORS:!   Degeneration/dystrophy of the cornea, macula, or retina, early onset cataracts, glaucoma, blindness, amblyopia (lazy eye)
MEDICAL CONDITIONS THAT INCREASE RISK:!   Diabetes, auto-immune diseases (lupus, RA, crohn's/ulcerative colitis, sjogren's), heart disease, uncontrolled high blood pressure, thyroid disease, cancer/chemotherapy, repeat steroid therapy, MS, parkinsons.

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