Should you get an eye exam every year?
Here are the different recommendations for each age group according to the American Optometric Association.
1. Infants– It is recommended that around 6 months of age your infant gets their first eye exam even if there are no apparent vision or eye problems.
2. Children– If a child does not get an eye exam as an infant then the child should get their first eye exam before first grade and then at least once every two years. If there are specific problems or risks your child might face then it is recommended to get an eye exam more frequently, especially if your doctor recommends it. If your child passes a school screening, it does not necessarily mean that your child does not have a vision problem. Remember vision is more than just having 20/20 eyesight.
3. Adults (19-40 years of age)- While vision generally remains stable during these years, it is still recommended to continue with regular eye exams, every two years.
4. Adults (over 60)- The American Optometric Association recommends that people over the age of 60 get their eye exam once a year. Around this age is when it is common for people to develop age-related eye health problems such as macular degeneration.
It is important to keep these time frames in mind. Remember the earlier a vision or eye problem is detected, the sooner it can be treated and the sooner the treatment can be successful! Getting your eye exam, as well as maintaining a healthy lifestyle, can improve your chances of maintaining good eye health, no matter what age!
If you need to set your eye exam up, please call our Nashville or Hendersonville office to schedule your appointment today!