It's important for adults to have eye exams on a regular basis to check for problems. Regular eye exams are critical for detecting:
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
But everyone needs regular eye exams. This is particularly important if you have risk factors or a family history of eye problems. Children need their vision checked at 6 months, 3 years, and before first grade. Adults should see an eye doctor at least every two years and...
Intraocular pressure can vary from person to
Not all people with open-angle glaucoma (OAG) have
increased pressure inside the eye. As many as 40% to 50% of cases of OAG may
occur without increased pressure inside the eye, and most people with elevated
pressures will never get glaucoma.1, 2
Shah R, Wormald R (2009). Glaucoma, search date November 2007. Online version of BMJ Clinical Evidence: http://www.clinicalevidence.com.
Trobe JD (2006). Principal ophthalmic conditions.
Physician's Guide to Eye Care, 3rd ed., chap. 6, pp.
107-111. San Francisco: American Academy of Ophthalmology.
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Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Christopher J. Rudnisky - Ophthalmology
May 5, 2010
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May 05, 2010
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