Who Should Have An Eye Exam?

Eye Exam in Port Orange
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Eye Exam in Port Orange

Well for starters, the NFL referee that missed the pass interference call in the NFC Championship game last year should have an eye exam! JUST KIDDING however, it was a bad call if you ask me.

One of the biggest determining factors is age.

Children 3 Years and Younger

For children under 3, your pediatrician will likely look for the most common eye problems — lazy eye, crossed eyes or misaligned eyes. If there are eye concerns or symptoms, an examination is appropriate at that time regardless of age. Your child could undergo a more comprehensive eye exam between the ages of 3 and 5.

School Age Children and Adolescents

Eye Exam in Port OrangeHave your child’s vision checked before he or she enters first grade. If your child has no symptoms of vision problems and no family history of vision problems, have his or her vision rechecked every one to two years. Otherwise, schedule eye exams based on the advice of your eye doctor.

Adults

In general, if you are healthy and you have no symptoms of vision problems, have your eyes checked on this schedule:

  • Every five to 10 years in your 20s and 30s
  • Every two to four years from 40 to 54
  • Every one to three years from 55 to 64
  • Every one to two years after age 65

Have your eyes checked more often if you:

  • Wear glasses or contact lenses
  • Have a family history of eye disease or loss of vision
  • Have a chronic disease that puts you at greater risk of eye disease, such as diabetes
  • Take medications that have serious eye side effects

To schedule and eye exam in Port Orange call the eye care specialists at the Precision Eye with office locations in New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater and coming soon Daytona Beach.

Portions of this article have been re-posted form an Mayo Clinic online article.

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