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Frequency of Eye Exams.

Eye Exams are a very important factor for ensuring vision health. The American Optometric Association has outlined some recommendations for how often adults and children should get an eye exam. The recommended frequency of eye exams may vary based on medical history and underlying health conditions.

How Often for Eye Exam – Adult

Patient age (years)

Normal

At-risk

18 through 39

At least every two years

At least annually, or as recommended

40 through 64

At least every two years

At least annually, or as recommended

65 and older

Annually

At least annually or as recommended

Adults who should receive an Annual Eye Exam? (At Risk):

  • A personal or family history of ocular disease.
  • Systemic health conditions with potential ocular manifestations.
  • Occupations that are highly demanding visually or have a high potential of being hazardous to the eyes.
  • Taking prescription or nonprescription drugs with ocular side effects.
  • Functional vision in only one eye.
  • Wearing contact lenses.
  • Eye surgery or previous eye injury.
  • High or progressive refractive error.
  • Other eye-related health concerns or conditions.
    Patients who have undergone refractive surgery (LASIK, PRK, SMILE) should still have an eye exam every 1-2 years for monitoring of overall ocular health.

How often for Eye Exam – Pediatric

According to the AOA, parents should consider getting their Kid’s eyes tested a couple of times before 5 years of age and then annually thereafter unless there is some underlying health or vision conditions or the presence of risk factors during pregnancy that requires more frequent visits

Patient age (years)

Asymptomatic/low risk

At-risk

Birth through 2

At 6 to 12 months of age

At 6 to 12 months of age or as recommended

3 through 5

At least once between 3 and 5 years of age

At least once between 3 and 5 years of age or as recommended

6 through 17

Before first grade and annually thereafter

Before first grade and annually, or as recommended thereafter

Factors placing an infant, toddler or child at significant risk for eye and vision problems include:

  • Premature Birth, Low birth weight.
  • Family History: Myopia, amblyopia, strabismus
  • Infection during pregnancy
  • Smoking, Alcohol or Drug Use during pregnancy.
  • Difficult or assisted labor
  • High or progressive refractive error.
  • Strabismus or eye turn.
  • Academic performance problems, due to dyslexia, ADHD
  • Known or suspected neurodevelopmental disorders.
  • Systemic health conditions with potential ocular manifestations.
  • Wearing contact lenses.
  • Functional vision in only one eye.
  • Eye surgery or previous eye injury.

Kids often receive Vision Screenings at school and these should not be confused with a complete vision exam. The American Optometric Association makes recommendations that are specifically for Comprehensive Eye Exams. See. Eye Exam vs Vision Screenings.

Vision Source Insight Eyecare provides eye exams for patients in Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Buckhead and Atlanta. Dr Sweeney doctor will gladly provide recommendations for eye exam frequency. Book an appointment today