Eye Exam Schedule

Most adults know when they should undergo a physical exam, colonoscopy or mammography. However, in the absence of a specific complaint, few people seem to know exactly when they need a thorough eye examination by an ophthalmologist (Eye-MD.) The following is an eye exam schedule for proposed by the American Academy of Ophthalmology that covers those ages 12-65 and above:

Puberty to Age 40: Individuals from puberty to age 40 should be examined at least once by an ophthalmologist. If their exam is normal and they do not wear contact lenses, they do not need another exam until they have reached the age of forty.

Ages 40-64: Individuals in this age group should have an exam by an ophthalmologist every two to four years. Common eye complaints in this age group include blurred vision while reading, dry eye and diabetic eye disease.

Age 65 and above: Individuals age 65 and above should be examined by an ophthalmologist every year. Glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration commonly occur in this age group.

Diabetics: Those with diabetes should undergo a thorough eye examination by an ophthalmologist every year.

Contact lens wearers: Contact lens wearers should undergo a thorough eye examination every year.

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