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How do I know if my eyes are at risk for some sort of damage?

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If you have a health condition like high blood pressure, work in a job that requires you to use your eyes a lot, or take drugs that can affect eyesight, you may need more frequent exams.

If you have type 1 diabetes, get your eyes checked within five years of your diagnosis and every year after that.

You’ll need an exam ASAP if you’re diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Have your eyes checked every year after that.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "When to See an Eye M.D."

FDA: "Saving Your Sight -- Early Detection Is Critical."

Prevent Blindness America: "Taking Your Child to the Eye Doctor."

MayoClinic.com: "Eye Exams: What to Expect."

All About Vision: "What to Expect From a Comprehensive Eye Exam."

National Eye Institute: "Finding an Eye Care Professional."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on November 10, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "When to See an Eye M.D."

FDA: "Saving Your Sight -- Early Detection Is Critical."

Prevent Blindness America: "Taking Your Child to the Eye Doctor."

MayoClinic.com: "Eye Exams: What to Expect."

All About Vision: "What to Expect From a Comprehensive Eye Exam."

National Eye Institute: "Finding an Eye Care Professional."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on November 10, 2017

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