How Often Should You Have an Eye Exam?
Several factors, such as age, health, and Factors of vision problems, determine how often you need vision care. Children should receive routine eye health and vision screenings throughout childhood to help detect any abnormalities as their eyes develop.
Children should have an initial exam between 6-12 months of age, a comprehensive eye exam between the ages of 3 and 5, and another one before they enter first grade. After that, children should have an annual eye exam. For adults, the American Optometric Association (AOA) suggests the following frequencies for adult eye exams based on age:
- 18-64: At least every 2 years
- 65 and up: Annually
However, if you wear corrective lenses, exhibit serious vision trouble or eye discomfort, have a family history of eye disease, or have a chronic condition that increases your risk of eye disease, you may need more frequent eye exams.