Eye Exam Recommendations

The following table from the American Academy of Ophthalmology presents a list of recommended guidelines for eye exams based on age.
Recommended Guidelines for Eye Exams  
Before age 5: Toddlers should be screened for common childhood problems, such as crossed eye, lazy eye, nearsightedness, and farsightedness.
Puberty to age 39: You should be checked if you experience any eye problems or visual changes, such as pain, floaters, flashes of light, blurry vision, or eye injury.
Ages 40 to 65: You should be examined every two to four years.
Everyone over 65:
You should be examined every one to two years.
People at higher risk for eye diseases need to be examined more often. For example, adults with diabetes should have yearly eye exams. Other people at higher risk include African Americans over age 40, people with a family history of eye disease, or those with a history of eye injury.
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