It’s important for adults to have eye exams on a regular basis to check for problems. Regular eye exams are critical for detecting:
- Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
- Diabetic retinopathy
But everyone needs regular eye exams.
This is particularly important if you have risk factors or a family history of eye problems. Children need their vision checked by 3 years, and before first grade. These exams should be done during preventative pediatrician visits and with a pre school eye screening. Dr. Ellinger sees patients as young as 3 years old. Often eye charts at Peds offices are inaccurate acuity readings and cannot detect most vision issues. Adults should also see an eye doctor every year.
Your doctor may recommend more frequent exams if you have a health condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure, work in a visually demanding job, or take medications that can affect eyesight.