How Often Should I See the Eye Doctor?

Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that you should get your teeth cleaned and examined every six months. Women know that after a certain age they should have annual mammograms. We all dread turning 50 and having a colonoscopy. But people – especially people who do not have vision issues – will go years without seeing an eye doctor. Your eyes need a checkup just as much as the rest of your body.

When Should a Child Have their First Eye Exam?

While babies and toddlers will have basic eye screenings with their pediatrician, we recommend getting your child in for their first eye exam between ages 3 and 5. According to Michigan law, they must have an eye exam before starting kindergarten. Our teams at both our Pontiac and Clarkston locations love working with children and know how to put them at ease so that they have a great first experience. Another eye exam is required before entering first grade, so it’s best to get them established early so that they are comfortable with the process.

Do School Age Kids Need Eye Exams?

While you should always bring your child in for an eye exam if they complain about not being able to see the white board or experiencing headaches, all kids should be seen at least every two years. A comprehensive eye exam is the best way to detect and treat diseases like glaucoma early – and yes, even children can get glaucoma.

Adult Eye Exams

As you age, you need more frequent exams. So while people in their 20s might be able to go 5 years between exams, by the time you’re over the age of 65, you should be getting an annual comprehensive eye exams to manage age-related eye diseases like macular degeneration, cataracts, and age-related vision deterioration.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Being able to see the picture is priceless. It’s our goal to preserve your eye health and vision for as long as possible. Interested in learning more about comprehensive vision exams? Give us a call at (248) 334-4931 to schedule your consultation today! Wilkinson Eye Center has locations in Pontiac & Clarkston and serves all nearby areas in Michigan.

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