PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

Why should I see an eye doctor?

ANSWER

If you’ve had eye trouble in the past, or if you’re at risk for developing it (if someone in your family had it), you should see an eye doctor every year. You need to check to see if you have serious, sometimes "silent" problems that can affect your vision, like:

  • Glaucoma
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Cataracts
  • Diabetic retinopathy

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 07, 2019

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 07, 2019

NEXT QUESTION:

What is a tonometer when getting an eye exam?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.

    Other Answers On: