Comprehensive Eye Care
When To See Your Eye Doctor
In general, periodic eye exams are suggested to keep your eyes
Our comprehensive specialists include:
If you have any of these risk factors for eye problems, you
may need to see your eye doctor more frequently.
- Family history of eye problems
- African American
- Have diabetes
- Personal history of eye injury that required medical or surgical care
We are part of National Clinical Trials and our research includes our own research at the Eye Institute.
Scheduling Regular Visits
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends the following schedules.
A pediatrician, family physician, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant should examine a newborn’s eyes for general health in the nursery. By 6 months
of age, all infants should be screened for ocular health
by a health care professional (ophthalmologist, primary
care provider, family physician, pediatrician or other health
care professionals) or a trained screener.
An infant should receive a comprehensive eye evaluation
whenever questions arise about his or her eye health. No
infant is too young for an eye examination.
Before Age 5
Since it is possible for your child to have a serious
vision problem without being aware of it, your child should
have his or her eyes screened at age 3 and 5 by an eye care
professional for eye conditions such as:
- Strabismus (crossed eyes)
- Amblyopia (lazy eye)
- Ptosis (dropping of the upper eyelid)
- Refractive errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness
Puberty to Age 39
Most young people have healthy eyes, but still need to
take care of their vision by wearing protective eyewear
when working in dangerous areas, playing sports, doing woodwork
or yard work, working with chemicals or taking part in other
activities that could cause eye injury.
Have a complete eye exam at least once between the ages
of 20 and 29 and at least twice between the ages of 30 and
You should also be aware of symptoms that could indicate
a problem. See an eye doctor promptly if you experience
any eye problems such as:
- Visual changes or pain
- Flashes of light
- Seeing spots or ghost-like images
- Dark spot appears in vision
- Lines and edges appear distorted or wavy
- Dry eyes with itching and burning
Ages 40 to 64
Even the young adult and middle age groups can be affected
by eye problems, so preventive measures should be taken
to protect eyes from injury and detect disease early.
Schedule a comprehensive eye evaluation with your eye
doctor every 2 to 4 years.
65 and Older
Seniors 65 and older should have comprehensive eye evaluations
by their eye doctor every 1 to 2 years to assess eye health
and diagnose any eye conditions, such as cataracts, glaucoma
and age-related macular degeneration.