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A Visit to the Eye Doctor

How Often Should You Go to the Eye Doctor?

Everyone needs eye exams. Different medical organizations have different schedules. The American Academy of Ophthalmology suggests:

  • Young adults should get their eyes checked once in their 20s and twice in their 30s.
  • Adults should get their eyes checked at age 40 with regular follow-ups, depending on their health.
  • Adults age 65 and older should see an eye doctor every 1-2 years.
  • Children need their vision checked at birth, 6 months, 3 years, and before entering grade school.  This is often incorporated into pediatrician and pre-school checkups.

You will need more frequent check-ups if you have health conditions, such as diabetes, or a family history of vision problems, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and corneal diseases.

When else should you see the eye doctor? If you have any sudden symptoms -- such as sudden vision change, eye pain, or severe irritation -- see an eye doctor right away.

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Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky, MD on September 17, 2012

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