Eyesight is one of the most important senses that we have. It is necessary for us to have regular eye examinations to have healthy eyesight. Certain eye diseases do not show any symptoms until at an advanced stage. Therefore, early diagnosis is key to timely treatment to slow down and even reverse the progression of the condition. Everyone should go for regular eye examinations as recommended in these guidelines below:
Infants and toddlers (age 3 and below): The eyes should be assessed during regular pediatric appointments to rule out common childhood conditions, such as strabismus (‘crossed eyes’) and amblyopia (‘lazy eyes’).
Children and teenagers (age 4 to 19): Eye examination which includes checking of the visual acuity (vision) and colour vision assessment must be done every 1 to 2 years for timely correction.
Young adults (age 20 to 35): In case of family history of genetic eye conditions such as glaucoma, it is needful to have comprehensive eye examination annually or as soon as vision is not clear.
Adults and seniors (age 36 to 65 and above): Presbyopia (far-sightedness) starts to appear generally from age 40, or in some cases as early as 36, which requires reading glasses. It is suggested to go for eye examination annually or every 2 years. Regular health and eye screenings can detect early major eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy.
Besides these recommended routine eye check timelines, it is noteworthy that you should not wait but visit your optometrist whenever you feel your vision is not clear.