Recommended Eye Exam Frequency for Adults
When’s the last time you had your eyes examined? If it’s been more than 2 years it’s time to visit your local optical store for a comprehensive eye exam from a qualified eye doctor. A reputable eyeglass store won’t fill a patient’s prescription for glasses if it’s more than 2 years old.
The American Optometric Association recommends adults without existing vision problems should get their eyes examined every two years up to age 60, while anyone over 60 years needs yearly exams. Most opticians and optometrists recommend anyone who’s currently wearing prescription glasses get yearly checkups.
Why do you need to get a vision check so often? Your eyes change over time and to make sure you get the correct type of glasses, a recent prescription is necessary. If you use an old prescription to order glasses you may end up with a pair that doesn’t allow you to see clearly. Wearing glasses with the incorrect prescription can cause blurry vision, double vision and headaches.
Eye exams detect routine vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Your eye doctor will also test for common problems such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Check out our article on kids’ eye exams to read what’s included in a typical vision check for children.
Eyeglasses vs Contact Lens Exam
If you wear contact lenses you need a special contact lens fitting by your optometrist. A regular eye exam doesn’t cover fitting of contact lenses. If you wear contacts or want to start wearing them, make sure you tell your eye care professional so they do all the necessary tests and measurements for you.
Schedule Your Eye Exam
Contact your local eye doctor for a complete vision exam. You can call your local MyEyeLab store to schedule an eye exam with a Doctor of Optometry. Once the doctor hands you your prescription, one of our opticians or optometric technicians will help you pick out and properly fit your eyeglasses or contact lenses.