Eye Tests for the Whole Family
Routine eye tests are important, regardless of your age or physical health. During a complete eye test, your optometrist will not only determine your prescription for glasses or contact lenses, but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team, and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.
Need an Eye Test to Update Your Prescription?
A comprehensive eye assessment includes a number of tests and procedures to examine and evaluate the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. These tests range from simple ones, like having you read an eye chart, to complex tests, such as using a high-powered lens to examine the health of the tissues inside of your eyes.
Eye care professionals recommend you have a complete eye test every year to assess your risk for potentially damaging eye conditions and to stay on top of any changes in vision you may be experiencing.
Eye Care for Everyone
How Often do You Need to See the Optometrist, Based on Age?
We recommend an annual eye test for any patient who wears glasses or contacts. If you don't normally need vision correction, you still need to have routine comprehensive eye tests. Optometrists often recommend more frequent eye tests for people with diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders, as many diseases may impact vision and eye health.
Since the risk of eye disease increases with age, everyone over the age of 60 should be examined annually.
If you are over 40, it's a good idea to have your eyes examined every one to two years to check for common age-related eye problems such as presbyopia, cataracts and macular degeneration.
Eye Tests for Children
Some experts estimate that approximately 5% to 10% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision problems. Children should have their eyes examined regularly, from as early as 6 months of age.
Children with existing vision problems or risk factors should have their eyes examined frequently. Common risk factors for vision problems include:
- premature birth
- developmental delays
- turned or crossed eyes
- family history of eye disease
- history of eye injury
- other physical illness or disease
Depending on your optometrist's instructions, children who wear glasses or contact lenses should have their eyes examined at least once every 12 months. Read more about Paediatric Eye Tests.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Optometrist
Contact our eye care clinic to schedule an eye test near you today.