Thursday, August 27, 2015
National Eye Exam Month When You Should Get Your Vision Checked
August is eye exam awareness month. Eye exams are very important for our health as they can help detect eye problems at the earliest stage. We all know that when problems are detected early that they are more readily and easily treated. Eye exams are needed at every age and stage of life. Several factors determine how frequently an eye exam is needed though. These factors include age, health, and risk of developing problems.
Pediatricians recommend that children under 3 with lazy eye, crossed eyes or turned out eyes go for an eye exam. All children should have an eye exam between the ages of 3 and 5.
Our state of Illinois requires all children going to kindergarten to have a vision checkup. After that it is recommended that children with no symptoms of eye problems or family history should get eye checkups every 2 years. If your child does have vision problems or family history should follow eye doctor recommendation of how often eyes should be checked
For adults who have healthy eyes with no symptoms of vision problems the need is less with only checkup every 5 to 10 years through their 30s. After that the need becomes more important with need of vision checked every couple of years. After the age of 65 a yearly check up is recommended.
Eye exams are needed yearly if there is vision problems or symptoms of such or if there is a greater risk such as diabetes.