Blog Hero

How Often Should I Get an Eye Exam?

Book Appointment
Close up image with an out of focus eye chart overlay on top.

Your eyes are unique and need the proper care and attention to deliver optimal vision. The first step to maintaining healthy eyes and vision is consistent eye exams with the Doctors at CHROMA modern Eyewear Eyecare.  Eye exams allow our Doctors to get a detailed look at your eyes and provide treatment if needed. 

Your Eye Exam Schedule

Everyone’s eyes are unique, and that means different eye exam schedules. The following eye exam frequency is suggested for adults: 

  • Adults between 18 and 64 should have an eye exam once every year, and adults over 65 may need an exam more frequently to monitor the beginning stages of cataracts, macular degeneration, and/or glaucoma.

This eye exam schedule can change based on your visual needs and if you’re considered high risk. You may be considered at a higher risk of developing vision issues if you:

  • Have a family history of ocular disease
  • Work in a visually demanding occupation or environment
  • Have had eye surgery or previous eye injuries
  • Have other eye-related health concerns or conditions

Children’s Eye Exam Frequency

Adults aren’t the only ones who need to have consistent eye exams. Along with checking for refractive errors, early and consistent eye exams can assist in detecting and treating vision issues such as strabismus (crossed eyes) and amblyopia (lazy eye). Many learning disabilities or struggles in school can be traced back to visual issues.  Early detection is the key to make sure our children start school with all the odds stacked in their favor and continue to have the best education experience possible. Hidden signs that a child may be suffering from vision problems include excessively squinting, tilting their head or covering one eye, often complaining of headaches or eye pain, or avoiding reading or other close up activities. If you notice any of these as ongoing issues then it would be best to bring in your child for an examination.

Vision care starts early, and your child’s first eye exam should come between 4 to 6 years of age. Once your child is 6 years old, it’s time to incorporate yearly eye exams to help identify any visual issues that may develop over the years.

The right time for an eye exam can depend on various factors, including their age and visual development stage. Children’s vision is ever-changing, so monitoring visual development is essential. Our Doctors can help prepare an exam schedule based on your children’s needs.

What to Expect During Your Eye Exam

Consistent eye exams are all about your long-term eye health. During an eye exam, your optometrist checks for updates to refractive errors like:

While your eye exam can certainly allow you to update your eyeglasses or contact lenses prescription, they’re about much more. Eye exams also serve as a form of preventative health care.

Eye exams allow the Doctors at CHROMA to check your eyes and check for developing eye disease issues like glaucoma, cataracts, and age-related macular degeneration. These eye diseases can severely impact your eyes and vision, so early detection and treatment are essential. 

Your comprehensive eye exam will include several tests that are meant to assess your eye health and vision. Some of these tests include: 

To complete these tests and thoroughly evaluate your eyes, the Doctors at CHROMA will use various diagnostic tools to help them capture all the details of your eyes. 

These diagnostic technologies include: 

The combination of diagnostic technology and testing helps our doctors detect the signs of eye problems at their earliest stages and prepare personalized treatment plans.

Putting Your Eye Health First

An eye exam is an opportunity to get a complete check-up of your visual system and ensure that hidden vision problems aren’t developing silently. Yearly eye exams allow your optometrist to monitor any drastic changes in your vision and offer treatment accordingly. 

Book an appointment with your optometrist to begin your vision care journey today.

Written by Dr. Matt Barber

Dr. Matthew G. Barber began seeing patients at CHROMA in September of 2001. For almost two decades, Dr. Barber has worked diligently to provide cutting-edge eye care to the people of Fort Worth and its surrounding areas while providing a warm and friendly environment for his patients. He wanted to give the people of Fort Worth something unique and special, and so CHROMA was born.

More Articles By Dr. Matt Barber
instagram facebook facebook2 pinterest twitter google-plus google linkedin2 yelp youtube phone location calendar share2 link star-full star star-half chevron-right chevron-left chevron-down chevron-up envelope fax