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:

Age Risk Free At Risk
0-23 months at 6 months at 6 months
or as recommended
2-5 years at 3 years at 3 years
or as recommended
6-17 years before first grade,
then every 2 years
or as recommended
18-60 years every 2 years every 1-2 years
or as recommended
61+ years annually annually
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!