One question I get asked quite a bit is how often should I get my eyes checked. My answer is I think you should get them checked every week!!

All kidding aside, your children, especially if they wear corrective lenses, should get their eyes checked every year. Our vision changes the most when we are young, and they change the most from about ages 8-13.

So it’s real important for those kiddos to have the proper RX so they can see the board at school correctly and get the best grades possible.

As adults, if we wear corrective lenses, it’s also real important to make sure we see as clearly as possible. So every year or two is a good schedule for an eye exam. If you wear contacts, you need to get them checked every year. Since a contact lens is a medical device, this insures that your eyes are healthy and you are seeing clearly. Once we get a little older, it’s real imperative to get our eyes checked also because many eye diseases increase with age, such as macular degeneration, dry eye and cataracts. People who have diabetes should also get them checked every year to make sure their eyes are healthy.

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness in the US so this is very important. Other people who are on certain drugs such as, Plaquenil and steroids should also make sure and have a yearly appointment.

Hope this helps.

Dr. Mike