Eye Exams and Eye Surgery

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How often should I have my eyes examined?

Eye Exams and Eye Surgery

If you wear glasses or contacts and are considering discussing laser eye surgery with your ophthalmologist, your eye exams need to be current. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology Web site, www.aao.org, if you have no vision problems diagnosed by clinical ophthalmology and you don't wear glasses, you should stick to a regular eye exam schedule:

1) At least once when you're in your twenties

2) At least twice when you're in your thirties

3) Every two to four years when you're in the 40 (presbyopia appears) to 64 age range

4) After age 65, every one to two years

The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that if you wear glasses or have eye problems, you should schedule more frequent exams--once a year if you're at high risk for vision problems, for example if you're African-American, have diabetes, or have had previous eye injury. These annual exams should be dilated-eye exams.

If you choose laser surgery, your eye exam history will help your ophthalmologist determine which surgery is right for you.



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