Routine Eye Care
Before Age 3
Since it is possible for your child to have a serious vision problem without being aware of it, your child should have his or her eyes screened during regular pediatric appointments. Vision testing is recommended for all children starting around 3 years of age.
Age 3 to 19
To ensure your child’s or teenager’s eyes remain healthy, he or she should have his or her eyes screened every one or two years during regular check-up appointments.
Age 20 to 39
Most young adults have healthy eyes, but they still need to take care of their vision by wearing protective eyewear when playing sports, doing yard work, working with chemicals or taking part in other activities that could cause an eye injury.
Have a complete eye exam at least once between the ages of 20 and 29 and at least twice between the ages of 30 and 39.
Also, be aware of symptoms that could indicate a problem. See an M.D. if you experience any eye conditions such as:
- Visual changes or pain
- Flashes of light
- Seeing spots or ghost-like images
- Lines appear distorted or wavy
- Dry eyes with itching and burning
Age 40 to 64
The adult and middle-aged groups can be affected by eye problems. Preventive measures should be taken to protect eyes from injury and detect disease early. Schedule an eye exam with your Eye M.D. every two to four years.
Age 65 and Over
Seniors age 65 and over should have complete eye exams by their Eye M.D. every one to two years to check for cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other eye conditions.