How Often Should I Get an Eye Exam?

November 2, 2018 By 0 Comments

How often should I get an exam for eyeglasses or contact lenses if I live in Denver, Colorado?  This is a question we get quite often at Stack Optical. It is a great question because nothing is more important than the health of your eyes and vision. There are a few criteria that determine how often you should get an eye exam.  Here are a few guidelines and tips to make sure you are getting your eyes checked frequently enough.

Children have special eye care needs that should be addressed as follows: First, every child should get an eye exam at six months old. Although the eyes are still developing at this stage, it is a good time to catch early on eye conditions such as strabismus, presbyopia, and even nearsightedness and farsightedness, though these are not easily determined at this young age.

The next eye exam for children should be at 3 years of age, and then again when they enter kindergarten around age 6. Once a child begins wearing glasses, they should get an eye exam every year at a minimum.

Professionals recommend for adults ages 19 to 59, getting a comprehensive eye exam every two years, and annual exams for seniors age 60 and older. Additionally, any adult wearing prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses should get an eye exam every year.

In addition, at-risk adults should have eye exams more frequently. Risk factors for adults can include:

  • Family history of eye disease (glaucoma, macular degeneration, etc.)
  • High blood pressure, or diabetes
  • Previous eye surgery or injury

Also, anyone who wears contact lenses must have annual eye exams to keep the prescription current.

If you have any doubt how often you (or your children or parents) should have your eyes examined or would like to schedule an appointment to get your eye exam in Denver, call us today at 303-321-1578.