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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.


    Here are the top 10 tips from the Academy to safeguard your vision:

    1. Wear sunglasses - Check for 100 percent UV protection
    2. Don't smoke
    3. Eat right - Vitamin deficiency can impair retinal function
    4. Baseline eye exam - Adults with no signs or risk factors for eye disease should get a baseline eye disease screening at age 40. 
    5. Wear eye protection
    6. Know your family health history 
    7. Early intervention 
    8. Know your eye care provider -Ophthalmologists are specially trained to provide the full spectrum of eye care, from prescribing glasses and contact lenses to complex and delicate eye surgery.
    9. Contact lens care - Follow instructions regarding the care and use of contact lenses.
    10. Be aware of eye fatigue


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