How Often Should I Get an Eye Exam?

Many of our patients ask us, “How often should I get an eye exam?” Good question! Here’s a summary from the American Optometric Association:

AgeRisk FreeAt Risk
0-23 monthsat 6 monthsat 6 months
or as recommended
2-5 yearsat 3 yearsat 3 years
or as recommended
6-17 yearsbefore first grade,
then every 2 years
annually
or as recommended
18-60 yearsevery 2 yearsevery 1-2 years
or as recommended
61+ yearsannuallyannually
or as recommended

What does “at risk” mean? You should ask your physician for the specifics, but generally it includes people who have diabetes, glaucoma, or macular degeneration and people who’ve had eye surgery.

When was your last eye exam? Has it been too long? You should let us know!