When Should You Schedule a Comprehensive Eye Exam?

Ideally, one wellness eye exam annually should help you stay on top of the health of your eyes, although some people may need to schedule exams more frequently. Your vision can change dramatically over the course of a year, particularly for those over the age of 50.

Here are 12 ten signs that it is time to call your eye doctor for an appointment:

  1. You’ve never had an eye exam, it’s been over 2 years since your last eye exam, or you can’t remember when you had your last eye exam.
  2. You are noticing that you aren’t seeing objects in the distance as clearly as you remember seeing them previously.
  3. You hold books or the newspaper farther away from your face and squint or close one eye to read them clearly.
  4. Your eyes are red, dry, or itchy, or you see spots, flashes of light, or floaters.
  5. You experience eye strain, headaches, and/or blurred vision after spending an extended amount of time in front of a computer screen.
  6. You are interested in giving up your glasses and to begin wearing contact lenses.
  7. You are sensitive to glare or squint a lot while out in the sun.
  8. You have difficulty driving at night and seeing street signs in the dark.
  9. You get motion sick or dizzy or have trouble following a moving target, or you get constant headaches or migraines.
  10. You notice any changes in your vision, especially after experiencing head trauma.
  11. You have diabetes or another health condition that affects your eyes. Also, if you have a family history of conditions such as diabetes or glaucoma, you may need exams more often, especially as you move into your 50s and beyond.
  12. You’ve been diagnosed with a medical eye condition that requires periodic monitoring by an eye doctor, such as early-stage cataracts or glaucoma.

If you simply aren’t sure, give your eye doctor a call.  They’ll be happy to address your concerns and questions.