Adults aged 20 to 64 should have an eye exam at least every 1-2 years. Some eye and health conditions may also warrant more frequent eye examinations.
At age 65 or older, adults should have an eye exam at least once a year due to the increased risk of eye conditions and diseases that can threaten vision.
Our eyes change as we age. In particular, people over the age of 40 may be at an increased risk for agerelated eye conditions, some of which may have no visible symptoms until the condition is advanced and difficult, or even impossible, to treat. The most common eye problems among adults include:
Presbyopia: a natural effect of aging in which the ability to focus on close objects decreases over time. Presbyopia can cause headaches, blurred vision, and the need for more light or sore eyes
Cataracts: distorted or cloudy vision caused by the lens inside the eye losing its transparency over time. Cataracts can require changes to your glasses or surgical removal.
Diabetic retinopathy: a weakening or swelling of the tiny blood vessels in the retina of your eye,
and the growth of new blood vessels resulting in blood leakage and other changes. If left untreated, blindness can result.
Macular degeneration: a disease that results in degenerative changes to your central vision, and is a leading cause of vision loss among older adults.
Glaucoma: a “silent thief” that often has no symptoms until significant damage has occurred.