Recommended schedule of eye exams

May 03, 2004

The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends the following general schedule for eye exams:

  • Children should be screened for eye disease in their first three months, at 6 months to 1 year old, and age 3 and 5. (The American Optometric Association recommends the first eye exam at age 6 months.)

  • Adults should get a comprehensive medical eye exam once between the ages of 20 and 39, every two to four years between the ages of 40 and 64, and every one or two years after 64.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology advises individuals with any of the following risk factors for disease to check with a doctor to determine how often they should have their eyes examined:

  • developmental delay

  • premature birth

  • personal or family history of eye disease

  • African-American heritage

  • previous serious eye injury

  • use of certain medications

  • diseases that affect the whole body, including diabetes and HIV infection

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