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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.


Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness among older Americans, but new treatments and protective steps can help people with AMD avoid vision loss. Here are the six things everyone should know about the condition:

  1. There may be no early symptoms.
  2. Treatments are now better than ever.
  3. Vitamins can help slow AMD (but not in all cases).
  4. Smoking increases risk.
  5. Daily vision monitoring at home can help.
  6. Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids may reduce AMD risk.

The best line of defense is to get a comprehensive eye exam, even if you don't need glasses or contacts. The Indiana Academy of Ophthalmology recommends adults with no symptoms have an eye exam at least by age 40, and every one-to-two years after age 65. However, adults should not wait for an exam until age 40 if they notice any problems or discomfort with their vision.


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