People who do not have bad vision often question whether they have to go see the eye doctor (usually an optometrist) once a year. Eye exams can be expensive endeavors, especially if your insurance does not cover the appointment (and it could get even more expensive when you consider the cost of contacts or eyeglasses should you need them). That being said, it can be tremendously beneficial to have your eyes checked regularly in order to avoid any long-term progression of disease or worsening of vision. The best thing to do is likely ask your primary care physician what they recommend if you do not currently have glasses. If you do have glasses, as your optometrist, but they will probably ask you to visit annually or every six months.
Generally, for adults (assuming no comorbidities) with no symptoms of vision problems, the frequency of visits is dependent on age. For people in their twenties and thirties, once every five to ten years may suffice, whereas by the age of 50 or 55 it may make sense to go every one to three years. For those with family history of eye disease, the frequency should be increased at any age. For children, it really varies, but typically the pediatrician can look for common diseases, etc.
An eye exam is usually a fairly quick procedure and the optometrist can check for a number of diseases all at once, so it can certainly be beneficial to do them. Now that there are often eye clinics in retailers including Sam’s Club and WalMart, it makes it easier and more convenient for people to go when they have some time- some of these places do not even require appointments, which is nice. When you are at your eye doctor you may want to ask them about what you can do to keep your eyes healthy and whether you are at risk of worsening vision or diseases of the eye based on your lifestyle, work requirements, family history, and any other relevant factors.
The answer to the question “do I need to go to the eye doctor every year?” can really vary, but once you talk to a health professional who can give you an individualized perspective, you should really try to stick to the schedule if you can because it may help prevent the development of unwanted sequelae.
Author Bio: Tony Rollan provides consulting services to VSI and he is an author of many articles on all types of optical and ophthalmic equipment. Author talks about medicine, health, alternative healing, sport and healthy living.