Myth: Eye exams are not necessary unless you have an eye problem.
Fact: Due to the chronic nature of many eye diseases sight is stolen bit by bit and by the time you realize it you may already have significant loss of vision.
For a lifetime of healthy vision, adults ages 18 to 65 should have a comprehensive eye exam at least every two years. Adults over the age of 65 should have annual exams. “At risk” adults should have more frequent exams.
Risks for eye disease includes: a family history of eye disease (glaucoma, macular degeneration, etc.), diabetes or high blood pressure, an occupation that is visually demanding, taking medication that may have eye-related side effects, previous eye injuries or eye surgery and an existing eye disease.
If you have any doubts about how often you (or your children or parents) should have your eyes examined, ask your optometrist or ophthalmologist.