When Should You Start Scheduling Eye Exams?

Eye exams are generally painless and provide the information an eye specialist requires to correct visual problems. But should you wait until you can’t see clearly before checking in with the eye doctor? The answer is no.

The board-certified ophthalmologists at University Ophthalmology in the Hyde Park area of Chicago, Illinois, are widely respected for their patient-centered approach to eye care. Read why these trusted experts recommend you schedule eye exams with the same care as any other preventive health exam.

The importance of eye exams

The comprehensive eye exams we provide at University Ophthalmology focus on your visual acuity as well as the overall health of your eyes. While seeing clearly may be your main goal, our mission includes identifying the reason for your visual issues so we can correct both your visual disturbance and address the underlying cause of your symptoms.

Routine eye exams offer us insight into your risks of developing conditions that can lead to permanent vision loss, including:

As with most other medical issues, the earlier we see signs of these conditions, the easier they are to treat or prevent.

Comprehensive eye exams also help identify easily correctable refractive errors such as farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism. This is especially helpful for young children who may not realize the blurry vision they’ve learned to live with isn’t how others see the world.

How often should children have an eye exam?

Newborns and infants are screened regularly during routine well-child visits for eye issues like lazy eye and strabismus (crossed eyes). It’s likely that your child’s physician will recommend a visit to a pediatric ophthalmologist at that time.

In general, we suggest children have an eye exam before starting school and then as recommended by their ophthalmologist. 

Of course, you should schedule a visit any time you notice your child has difficulty seeing the television, squints when reading, frequently rubs their eyes, or experiences other concerning symptoms.

How often should adults have an eye exam?

At University Ophthalmology, we suggest adults have eye exams every couple of years, more frequently if you’re struggling with visual acuity issues, and annually if you wear corrective lenses. 

You should certainly schedule a comprehensive eye exam by age 40 so that your specialist can evaluate the health of your optic nerves, blood vessels, retina, and other inner eye structures.

We also recommend annual exams for individuals with conditions that can lead to serious, long-term problems with your vision, including:

If you take medications for high blood pressure, allergies, and other conditions, you may need more frequent eye exams since these medications are known to affect vision.  

We’re here to help with all your eye care needs. Schedule a visit at University Ophthalmology by phone or online today.

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