The other day I was talking with my co-worker Louise about going to the optometrist. She asked me if it was difficult getting my eyes tested for X-ray vision, and I told her I’ve never been tested for that before (it’s strange, people ask me that all the time!). After I proved to her that I didn’t have telescopic or microscopic vision, I asked her when the last time she visited the optometrist was. She told me it had been a few years, but that she didn’t know how often she should see an eye doctor.
I told her I would shed a little light on the subject. Here’s what the vision pros recommend:
If you are a generally healthy person (age 18 to 60), you’ll need to visit the eye doctor once every two years. Once you reach 61, doctors recommend that you visit your optometrist annually. Some adults have “at risk” health factors, like a family history of eye disease, diabetes or high blood pressure, which means they should have more frequent eye exams. If you do have some of these “at risk” factors, be sure to consult with your optometrist to determine a regular eye exam schedule.
But wait, there’s more! If you are experiencing any of the following eye-related problems, you may need to visit your optometrist ASAP.
And just in case you are feeling nervous because you’ve never had an eye exam, here’s an overview of what will happen during your appointment:
I’m not a bird … I’m not a plane … I’m just Ken. I may not be a superhero (though I’m always mistaken for one), but I am your friendly, neighborhood vision-advice expert. Visit VSPDirect.com for more information about why your healthy vision is important.