How often to have an eye exam

Children

Experts say that over 80 percent of what a child learns in school is presented visually, so making sure your son or daughter has good vision can make a big difference in their academic performance.

Children 5 Years and Younger

Free screenings are available for children age 6 –12 months
Exams are recommended for children beginning at age 3

Some factors may put your child at an increased risk for eye disease. If any of these factors apply to your child, check with your eye doctor to see how often they should have a medical eye exam:

  • Developmental Delay
  • Premature birth
  • Personal or family history of eye disease
  • Previous serious eye injury
  • Use of certain medications (check with your eye doctor)
  • Some diseases that affect the whole body (such as diabetes)

School-Age Children and Adolescents

Have your child’s vision checked before he or she enters first grade. After a thorough examination, your doctor will advise you when your child should be examined again.

Adults

If you don't wear glasses or contacts, have no symptoms of eye trouble, don’t have a family history of eye disease and you don’t have a chronic disease that puts you are risk of eye disease (i.e. diabetes), we recommend you have an eye exam at the following intervals:

  • Ages 20 to 29: one examination
  • Ages 30 to 39: two examinations
  • Ages 40 to 65: examination every two years
  • Ages 65 and over: examination every one to two years

If you wear glasses or contacts, you’ll need to have your eyes checked yearly. If you notice any problems with your vision, schedule an appointment with Young Vision Care as soon as possible. Blurred vision, for example, may suggest you need a prescription change. A sudden increase in the number of floaters (dark circles darting through your vision) could suggest vision-threatening changes to your retina.