How Often Should Eyes be Checked

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Your Eyes are the Only Ones You'll Ever Have... Take Care of Them!

As a rule, you should seek a regular eye examination every year. This is not necessarily because of blurred vision, but because eye health can change at any time.

Some individuals are at more risk for having eye problems than others. Those with general health problems or a family history of health problems that can affect vision should be more conscientious about their eye health.

When left untreated, problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, thyroid disease, cancer, glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and allergies can cause eye damage. Remember, due to genes, you too could eventually have the same problem as a family member (parent, sibling, grandparent, aunt or uncle).

Pay attention... internal (retinal) eye problems generally go undetected by you because there are no pain receptors inside the eye. You could suffer a broken blood vessel, swollen optic nerve, or a torn retina and not feel anything. In general, you won’t know something is wrong until you cannot see properly. Consequently, early detection with regular eye exams is the best way to prevent permanent vision loss.

You should always have your eyes checked if you don’t see clearly, or you think something is wrong. Learn more about the Warning Signs for Vision Problems.

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Children should have their vision checked as early as possible and yearly. Children grow rapidly and tend to have changes in their vision as they mature. Since children cannot always tell their vision is subnormal, it is important for parents to have them checked regularly.

Children learn 80% of what they know through visual information. Undetected eye problems can contribute to poor school or sports performance. At minimum, children should have their first exam before entering pre-school and annually thereafter until finished with school. If eye problems run in the family or unusual eye behavior is noticed, an evaluation should be done sooner.

Important: Children do not need to be verbal or know letter/number symbols to have an eye exam and can be evaluated even as an infant if a problem is suspected.