May 1, 2019
Many Americans don’t get a vision test nearly as often as they need. You probably need to get your eyes checked more often than you think, especially if you have certain vision risk factors. Here’s a guide on how frequently you need to check your vision:
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends your baby have his/her first vision test as a newborn, and then again when he is between six and twelve months old.
When your child turns three, he/she should have another test. If your child has an issue such as misaligned eyes, a refractive error, or another focusing problem, she needs a comprehensive eye exam from an ophthalmologist.
When it’s time for your child to go to school for the first time, he should have another comprehensive eye exam to screen for visual acuity and alignment. If no issues are present, regular eye exams and vision tests every 1-2 years are recommended.
Here are Mayo Clinic’s general guidelines for adults:
Some people need a vision test sooner or more frequently than the above recommendations:
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