Keeping your eyes healthy should be an important part of any healthcare routine. The best way to keep your eyes in good condition is to have regular eye exams. By getting a regular eye exam, issues can be detected and treated early before they can develop into something more serious, helping to preserve your eye health.
A child’s ocular structures and functions will continue to develop throughout childhood. Therefore, one of the best things you can do for your child’s vision health is to bring them to the eye doctor for regular eye exams. These exams should begin at the age of six months, with exams occurring again at ages three and six. Yearly eye exams after the age five are recommended for school-age children.
Eye exams are important at a young age because young children and infants may require vision therapy. This type of therapy includes a series of tests, exercises, and equipment worn to improve visual acuity to correct eye turning or focusing problems without surgery.
Children can have a difficult time recognizing or explaining issues they may be having with their vision and some issues may cause them to struggle with learning or other activities. With one in four school-age children requiring corrective lenses, regular eye exams are the best way to determine your child’s ocular health and correct any issues with their vision as early as possible.
If you are an adult between the age of 18 to 60 years old and you are not at risk of having vision problems, then it is advised that you receive a complete eye exam at least once every two years. It is recommended that adults who are at risk of developing eye conditions have their eyes examined at least once every year.
Regular eye exams for adults can help to prevent serious conditions and preserve your ocular health. Most eye diseases that are common in adults will begin developing without showing any signs or symptoms. Many times, a major eye disease, such as glaucoma, may exist for weeks or months and do irreversible damage to your eyes before you even notice any changes in your vision.
It is important to take regular adult and children’s eye exams seriously. As an adult, your eyesight cannot recover from the damage done by diseases such as glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy. Children who need corrective lenses may struggle academically or socially without them, so it is important to schedule regular visits to the eye doctor for them as well.
This suggested frequency for eye exams is meant to serve as a basic guideline. It is important to consult with your expert eye doctor at Dittman Eyecare for the eye exam frequency that best suits your individual visual health.