Eye exams are important for everyone regardless of the person's age.
A comprehensive eye exam at our State College office will not only determine your prescription for glasses or contacts, but it can also reveal early eye disease. Finding disease early, before there are symptoms is crucial to maintaining healthy eyes and good vision throughout your lifetime
A comprehensive eye exam includes several tests to examine the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. These tests include simple checks like reading an eye chart, to complex tests, such as using a microscope to evaluate the tissues inside of your eyes..
The American Optometric Association (AOA) advises everyone should have a complete eye exam every one to three years, depending on age, risk factors, and general health.
Children. Experts estimate that approximately 7% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children in State College have vision problems. According to the AOA, all children should have their eyes examined at 6 months of age, at age 3 and again at the start of school. Children without vision problems or risk factors for eye or vision problems should then continue to have their eyes examined at least every two years throughout school.
Children with existing vision problems or risk factors should have their eyes examined more frequently. Common risk factors for vision problems include:
- premature birth
- developmental delays
- turned or crossed eyes
- family history of eye disease
- family history of vision problems
- family history of lazy eye
- learning difficulties
- frequent headaches
- closing one eye
- holding things too close
- head tilt or turn
- eye rubbing
- eye strain
- history of eye injury
- other physical illness or disease
The AOA recommends that children who wear glasses or contacts should have their eyes checked at least every 12 months. Read more about Pediatric Eye Exams.
Adults. The AOA also recommends an annual eye exam for any adult who wears contacts and every two years if you wear glasses. If you don't normally need vision correction, you still need an eye exam every two to three years up to the age of 40, depending on your rate of visual change and overall health. Doctors often recommend more frequent examinations for adults with diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders, because many diseases can have an impact on vision and eye health.
If you are over 40, it's a good idea to have your eyes examined every one to two years to check for common age-related eye problems such as presbyopia, cataracts and macular degeneration. Read more about Vision After 40.
Because the risk of eye disease continues to increase with advancing age, everyone over the age of 60 should be examined annually. Read more about Vision After 60.
To schedule your next eye exam at Advanced Eye Care Services, click here. We're conveniently located in State College.