Most patients don’t notice changes in their vision unless the deterioration or changes are abrupt or significant. That’s because the brain automatically adapts to any changes in your vision, sometimes tricking you into thinking there’s nothing wrong with your vision even though some minor changes have already occurred. This is the same reason why it’s important that you routinely see an optometrist. The sooner changes in your vision are detected and treated, the better. But how often should you get your eyes checked?
It depends on your age, which increases your risk for certain vision conditions. Depending on your age, the number of times you need to see an eye doctor vary from:
- Two years for infants and teens aged between six months and 20 years – You should take your kids or teens to the eye doctor every two years. And if they need eyeglasses, they should undergo an eye examination every six months. Routine eye exams help ensure their prescription remains up-to-date and detect early symptoms of any eye conditions.
- Every two to three years for adults aged 20 to 39 – Patients aged 20 to 39 need to undergo every two to three years to monitor any changes in their vision.
- At least every two years for patients aged 40 to 64 – This is the age group wherein vision changes start to become noticeable.
- Once a year for patients aged 65 and above – Older patients should see their eye doctor at least once a year.
Keep in mind that age is just one of many risk factors for eye conditions. If you suffered any eye injuries or if you have a family history of certain vision conditions, you may need to see your eye doctor more frequently.
Looking for optometrists near you?
Nova Vision Center offers professional eye care services and prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses. To schedule an appointment, call us at (703) 578-3600 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Arlington and Alexandria, VA, as well as the surrounding communities.