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Eye Exam Frequency - Children and Adults | Long Island Eye Doctor

Dr. Joel Kestenbaum

In order to ensure that your eyes are healthy, it is necessary to visit an optometrist on a regular basis for a routine eye exam.  When caught early by an eye exam, eye diseases and eye conditions can generally be successfully treated.  How frequently you need to see your eye doctor will depend heavily on many factors including your age, eye health, family history and overall risk for developing eye disease.

Below is a brief outlook for the pediatric eye patient and the adult eye patient to help you understand the need for visits to the optometrist.

Recommended Eye Exam Frequency for Children

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), the first eye exam should be at six months of age, then at three years, before first grade and every one to two years subsequently.  The only reason that it should be more frequently is if your child is considered to be at risk for developing vision and eye problems. Some risk factors may include:

  • Low birth weight, prematurity, oxygen at birth
  • Family history of eye problems such as cataracts, retinoblastoma, etc.
  • Mother has infection throughout pregnancy
  • Strabismus or anisometropia
  • High refractive error
  • Suspected or known dysfunction of the central nervous system

Recommended Eye Exam Frequency for Adults

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), any individual between age 18 and 60 should receive an eye exam from their eye doctor every one to two years unless otherwise notified.  For adults 61 years of age or older, a comprehensive exam is recommended yearly.

Adults at risk, which will require more frequent eye exams, include those who:

  • Wear contact lenses  or have undergone eye surgery
  • Have diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of eye conditions such as glaucoma or cataracts
  • Work in occupations that initiate eye strain or are hazardous to the eyes
  • Take prescription medicines that have ocular side effects
  • Have other health conditions

When you visit your Long Island eye doctor at Optix Family Eyecare Center, it is important to tell him or her all about your family history.  Don’t leave anything out, as this could hinder the tests that you undergo and the results that you receive.  A thorough eye exam will check your vision and eye health using a number of various tests.  Upon completion of your eye exam, your optometrist will express his concerns with you and will let you know when you should return.  It is at this time that you will likely find out how frequently you will need a comprehensive eye exam.

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