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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.

From birth through the teenage years, children's eyes are growing and changing quickly. The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus have developed specific childhood eye screening guidelines. Follow these guidelines to get your child screened at the right times. These screenings help identify when your child might need a complete eye exam.

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

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 IAO 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.



Here are some facts about diabetes and your eye health that you might not know:

1. Most Major Eye Disease from Diabetes Takes About Five to 10 Years to Develop

2. People with Diabetes Are Twice as Likely to Develop Cataracts than Other Adults

3. Women with Diabetes Who Become Pregnant Are at High Risk for Diabetic Retinopathy and Vision Loss

4. Diabetes Can Cause Eye Muscle Paralysis and Double Vision

5. People with Diabetes May Be More Likely to Get Eye Infections

6. Blurry Vision from Diabetes Can Be Temporary or Much More Serious

To prevent eye damage from diabetes, maintain good control of your blood sugar. Follow your primary care physician's diet and exercise plan. If you have not had an eye exam with an ophthalmologist, it is crucial to get one now. Be sure to never skip the follow-up exams that your ophthalmologist recommends.



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