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How Often Do Adults Need Eye Exams?

The IAO recommends that a healthy adult get a baseline eye exam at age 40, even if they have no history of eye problems or eye disease. Those who have chronic conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, may require more frequent exams.

Those over age 65 who may be concerned about cost or lack of health insurance, the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s EyeCare America program offers eligible seniors a comprehensive eye exam and up to one year of treatment at no out-of-pocket cost.



Ophthalmologists are Medical Doctors (M.D.) or Doctors of Osteopathy (D.O.) who specialize in the medical and surgical care of the eyes and in the prevention of eye disease and injury.

The Indiana Academy of Ophthalmology promotes the highest quality, comprehensive vision, medical, and surgical eye care. We also provide professional advocacy, education, and value-added business services to our members.


As children spend more time tethered to screens, there is increasing concern about potential harm to their visual development. Ophthalmologists recommend taking a 20 second break from near work (computer work, extended reading, writing or other intensive near work) every 20 minutes.

Here are 10 tips to help protect your child’s eyes from computer eyestrain:

  1. Set a timer to remind them.
  2. Alternate reading an e-book with a real book and encourage kids to look up and out the window every two chapters.
  3. After completing a level in a video game, look out the window for 20 seconds.
  4. Pre-mark books with a paperclip every few chapters to remind your child to look up. On an e-book, use the “bookmark” function for the same effect.
  5. Avoid using a computer outside or in brightly lit areas, as the glare on the screen can create strain.
  6. Adjust the brightness and contrast of your computer screen so that it feels comfortable to you.
  7. Use good posture when using a computer and when reading.
  8. Encourage your child to hold digital media farther away, 18 to 24 inches is ideal.
  9. Create a distraction that causes your child to look up every now and then.
  10. Remind them to blink when watching a screen.



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