- Under 18 Years of Age
- If you are already wearing glasses or contact lenses, eye exams are recommended every year. A change in prescription for your glasses or contact lenses happens less often as you get into your 20’s—that is, the vision tends to “stabilize” more in your 20’s than in your teens.
- If you’ve had an eye surgery in childhood or adolescence —strabismus/eye muscle surgery, congenital cataract surgery, congenital glaucoma surgery—regular visits to an ophthalmologist is recommended for guaranteed continuity of care.
- If you have diabetes, you must get your eyes examined at least once a year. Juvenile/insulin dependent diabetics are at the highest risk of developing diabetic retinopathy and vision damage. The vision provider or eye specialist will determine the frequency of examinations based on the retinal findings.
- Over 18 Years of Age
- Adults over 18 years of age are encouraged to get a routine eye examination at least every 5 years—to begin monitoring for “adult” eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, dry eye syndrome, and retinal diseases. Anyone with any eye disease (such as glaucoma) in their family is also encouraged to get a “baseline” eye examination.
- Contact lens wearers need to transition to an adult vision provider – to make sure that the contact lens fit remains accurate as your eyes continue to grow and change. This is also to make sure that “healthy” contact lens wear is encouraged, and routine replacement of lenses is continued.
Taking care of your eyes is important even as a teen and young adult. As you reach adulthood, your vision will face increasing demand in school and in other activities, especially due to the increased exposure to screens like cell phones and tablets. Use the following guidelines to make sure you’re doing what you can to maintain good vision.