Eye examinations are recommended yearly and twice yearly for those with medical conditions such as diabetes, glaucoma, thyroid or rheumatology conditions.
Why eye exams are essential for everyone:
Poor vision and serious eye diseases are not limited to any age, ethnic group or sex.
Small children have specific eye diseases that require yearly vigilance.
Younger people have their own vision problems associated with prolonged computer use.
Pregnant women have a heightened risk of certain eye disorders.
Those over 40 are susceptible to a number of degenerative eye conditions associated with the aging process.
Eye exams can also help to provide an early warning of serious general health conditions.
Eye diseases often don't show symptoms until it is too late.
Eye disorders are sneaky. They often show no symptoms that you'd notice until significant damage has been done. The good news is that eye doctors have the expertise and technology to catch serious eye diseases in their earliest stages when they can be controlled and often cured.