How Often Should I Schedule an Eye Examination?

A common question received by the team at Richens Eye Center is, how often should I visit my eye doctor?

It is essential that patients understand that an eye examination is more than just checking your vision acuity. It also ensures there are no problems with any of the structures of the eyes. Certain health issues can have an impact on the eyes, including diabetes. By attending routine eye examinations, patients can also have conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts diagnosed early enough to provide successful intervention. Some of these conditions will not immediately impact one’s eyesight, so an examination is the only way to catch these before they become a more serious issue.

Examinations for children

The American Optometric Association recommends that children have their first eye examination around six months of age. Following that appointment, children should also be seen around the age of three and before they start kindergarten, typically around the age of five. During school age and into adulthood, they should be evaluated every two years. Children who have been diagnosed with vision issues or require glasses or contacts should visit annually to ensure their prescription is best suited for their eyes, especially if there are changes in vision. Children who complain about headaches or are caught squinting or rubbing their eyes may need to have an examination to adjust their prescription if needed.

Examinations for adults

Adults should visit their eye doctor every other year as long as they don’t require vision correction options. The American Optometric Association does encourage patients to visit annually if they have glasses or contacts.

In addition to scheduling routine examinations, patients should also make an appointment with an optometrist if they notice any changes in their vision or are experiencing problems such as chronic headaches or an increase in clouding that impacts their ability to see. This may be a sign of a bigger problem that needs assistance from an eye doctor.

Schedule your next eye examination today at Richens Eye Center

Patients in the areas of St. George, UT and Mesquite, NV are welcome to book an appointment with our professionals for an upcoming examination. Our primary number is (435) 986-2020 and allows patients to schedule an appointment at any of our three convenient locations.

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