In the Philippines, according to the Hello Doctor Survey, 2 in 3 Filipinos wait for unusual symptoms in their eyes before they visit an eye doctor. Or they only have their eyes checked when they cannot see clearly.
Unfortunately, this is far from ideal. Doctors recommend that you have your eyes checked at least once every 2 to 3 years if you are an adult, and at least once every 2 years if you are over the age of 40. And if you have vision problems, eye care checkups should be more often, depending on your doctor’s advice.
At around the age of 40, you are likely to have changes in vision and you may experience early signs of disease. That’s why doctors recommend a complete eye checkup at 40 years old1. This will allow for early treatment of eye diseases or correction of any vision problems that occur. However, this doesn’t mean you should wait for middle age or for eye problems to appear.
Eye Care for Children
If you thought that children don’t need eye checkups, you’re not alone. 61% of Filipino parents reported that their children have never had an eye exam. And together with these parents, you would also be wrong. Children do, in fact, need regular eye care checkups to see if their eyes are developing correctly.
Eye care for children begins soon after birth: Doctors check for blink and pupil response as well as eye reflexes. Another checkup is done usually in the child’s first year of life2.