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How often should I go to the eye doctor?

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Different medical organizations have different recommendations for how often you need to see an eye doctor. Generally speaking:

Children should get an exam at birth, 6 months, 3 years, and before starting grade school.

You may need to checkups more often if you have health conditions or a family history of vision problems likes glaucoma, macular degeneration, or corneal diseases.

  • Once in your 20s
  • Twice in your 30s
  • At 40, then regular follow-ups depending on your health
  • 65 and older, every 1-2 years

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "eyeSmart: Eye Screening for Children," "Vision Screening Recommendations for Adults 40 to 60," "Vision Screening Recommendations for Adults Over 60," "Vision Screening Recommendations for Adults Under 40."

American Optometric Association: "Comprehensive Eye and Vision Examination."

Prevent Blindness America: "How Often Should I Have an Eye Exam?"

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on February 17, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "eyeSmart: Eye Screening for Children," "Vision Screening Recommendations for Adults 40 to 60," "Vision Screening Recommendations for Adults Over 60," "Vision Screening Recommendations for Adults Under 40."

American Optometric Association: "Comprehensive Eye and Vision Examination."

Prevent Blindness America: "How Often Should I Have an Eye Exam?"

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on February 17, 2018

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