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If you know that you are not at risk for eye disease and you don't have signs of vision problems, the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends a complete eye exam to check for eye disease and vision problems:footnote 1
Your eye doctor may also suggest that you get exams more often just to check for refractive errors, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness.
If you are at risk for or have signs of eye disease, such as glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration, you may need complete eye exams more often.
For people who have diabetes, experts recommend a yearly eye exam.
After reviewing all of the research, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) concluded that more evidence is needed to find out if the pros outweigh the cons of routine visual acuity screening in older adults.footnote 2
Feder RS, et al. (2016). Comprehensive adult medical eye evaluation Preferred Practice Pattern (®) guidelines. Ophthalmology, 123(1): P209–P236. DOI: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2015.10.047. Accessed September 10, 2019.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (2016). Screening for impaired visual acuity in older adults: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. JAMA, 315(9): 908–914. DOI:10.1001/jama.2016.0763. Accessed May 27, 2016.
Current as of:
April 29, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Kathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: April 29, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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