New to Doc Optical!
We are now offering eye examinations with Dr. Amy Thomas and Dr. Lawson Spruiell. We are taking appointments Tuesday through Saturday for routine exams, contact lens fittings and medical eye exams. Call us at (306) 584-1881 to make an appointment!
Eye Exam Frequency: How often should you have an eye exam?
“Eye health and vision examinations play a vital role in ensuring a lifetime of clear vision and healthy eyes.
Regular eye health checks are important because eye disease can progress without any obvious symptoms. Often, by the time the sufferer notices symptoms of a disease, vision has been permanently damaged. By having your eyes examined on a regular basis, your optometrist can detect symptoms of a disease in its earliest stages and ensure prompt treatment.
The minimum recommended frequency of examination is as follows:
- Infants and toddlers (birth to 24 months): Between age 6 and 9 months
- Preschool (2 to 5 years): At least one exam between ages 2 and 5 years.
- The Saskatchewan Association of Optometrists
- School age (6 to 19 years): Annually
- Adult (20 to 64 years): Every 1-2 years
- Adult (65 years and older): Annually
- Or as recommended by your Optometrist
*Annual eye examinations for patients diagnosed with diabetes, along with all Saskatchewan children under the age of 18, are covered by Saskatchewan Health.” – Saskatchewan Association of Optometrists
If you are at high risk for eye disease, it may be recommended for more frequent eye exams. “High risk” factors can include:
- Infants and toddlers and preschoolers: Premature birth; low birth weight; mother’s health during pregnancy; family medical history; an eye ‘turn’; or congenital eye disorders.
- School age children: those experiencing difficulty at school; children exhibiting reading and/or learning disabilities.
- Adults: diabetes; hypertension; family history of glaucoma; those whose work is visually demanding or who face eye hazards.
- Older adults: diabetes; hypertension; family history of glaucoma or macular degeneration; those taking systemic medication with ocular side effects.