It is imperative to have periodic routine eye examinations because the majority of eye and vision problems do not have any evident signs or symptoms. Even if you have good vision and have never experienced any eye issues, it is still important to have your eyes checked for potential problems. Eye exams focus on prevention, and it is always better to diagnose a vision problem early-on in order to better treat and prevent loss of vision.
For children, eye exams are all about early detection and prevention of potential eye and vision problems. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age and then should be evaluated at age 3 and 6. School-aged children should have eye exams every 1-2 years.
For adults, it is recommended to have a comprehensive eye exam every two years, and every year for those over the age of 61. As we age, eye and vision problems become more prevalent and occur more often. Timely treatment of eye diseases and conditions can help improve your overall health and quality of life.