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While we all know we need a check-up once a year and a cleaning at the dentist twice a year, our eyes are one part of our bodies that we often overlook. Even if your eyes seem fine, it is recommended that you get a routine comprehensive eye examination from time to time as a preventative measure. But just how often should you make an appointment for an eye exam?

Your age, your risk factors, and whether or not you wear glasses or contact lenses are the determining factors. Most people should get a full eye exam every one to two years, but those with risk factors or corrective lenses may need more frequent examinations. If you haven’t had your eyes checked in over two years, we recommend you book an appointment with us at South Palm Eye Associates for a comprehensive eye exam in Boynton Beach.

Here are general guidelines on when an eye exam is necessary for children and adults:

Children

Children should get their first eye exam between 6 to 12 months old, another between 3 and 5 years old, and then another before first grade, according to the American Optometric Association. Children with no risk factors who don’t require corrective lenses should get a routine eye exam every year.

Children with any of the following risk factors should follow the same examination schedule as low-risk children, but should consult their optometrist or ophthalmologist regarding the recommended frequency of follow-up examinations.

Risk factors for children include:

  • Anisometropia or other eye problems
  • Developmental delays
  • Family history of eye disease (myopia, strabismus, congenital cataracts, etc)
  • Infection of the mother during pregnancy
  • Physical illnesses that could affect the eyes (diabetes, etc)
  • Premature birth or low birth weight

Children who need corrective lenses should follow the same schedule as children with no risk factors. After their first few exams, they are recommended to get an exam every year.

Adults

If you are an adult between the age of 18 and 60 with no risk factors, it is recommended that you get an eye exam once every two years. If you’re an adult over the age of 60, it is best to get an annual eye exam.

If you are an adult with any of the following risk factors you should get an eye exam every year.

Risk factors for adults include:

  • Diabetes
  • Family history of eye disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Previous eye injuries
  • Taking medications that may cause eye-related side effects

If you are an adult who wears contact lenses, you should schedule annual eye exams.

If it’s been a while since your last eye exam or if you’re unsure whether you need one, give us a call at 561-737-4040 to discuss scheduling an eye exam in Boynton Beach.

Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to give you the information you need to develop an eye care plan that works for you. See you soon!