Good visual health is critical to your quality of life. It allows you to see the world around you and enjoy everyday activities like driving, reading, watching TV, and playing sports. Annual eye exams not only correct vision problems; comprehensive eye exams can also reveal the warning signs of more serious undiagnosed health problems such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.
No matter what their age, eye exams are vital to productivity and health for your entire family, from children to grandparents, and everyone in between. The American Optometric Association recommends that children have a comprehensive eye exam at six months, three years, and five years of age. After that, a child should have a comprehensive eye exam every year (or every two years if no vision correction is required). Adults are recommended to have a comprehensive eye exam every one to two years. Patients with diabetes need to have an eye exam with pupil dilation annually, to detect any complications that could lead to blindness.