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Routine Eye Care

Why are routine eye examinations important?

Even if our eyes and vision seem fine, many blinding eye diseases have few or no warning signs until they have taken away some or all of our vision. Early detection is the best way to protect your sight.

How often should you have a routine eye examination?

Children should have their first examination, including a measurement of vision, before they begin kindergarten. Their vision should be measured at least every few years to make sure that sight is developing normally.

Teenagers should have a full eye examination before beginning to drive, to make sure they will be safe behind the wheel.

Adults should consider having an eye exam every year or two beginning at age 40, and at least once a year after age 50 when the blinding diseases listed above become more common.

There are a few exceptions to these guidelines. People with diabetes should have an eye examination every year starting when they are diagnosed with diabetes, no matter how old they are. And people who have relatives with eye diseases, such as glaucoma or macular degeneration, should have examinations once a year beginning as soon as age 30.

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