How Often Should You Have an Eye Examination Test?
In general, if you are an adult with no vision problems, a visit to your eye doctor once every two years is sufficient.
Eye Examination Test for Children2
Your child’s doctor should do a simple eye exam shortly after they are born. They will look for the “red reflex” (eye turns red when a light is flashed into each eye) as well as a blink and pupil response.
6 Months to 1 Year
A second screening test is done to check for healthy eye alignment and movement as well as the reflexes mentioned above
3 to 5 Years
At this age, an ophthalmologist, optometrist or pediatrician should check your child’s eye alignment. They may also check your child’s visual acuity, even though most 3 to 5 year olds are a bit farsighted.
An ophthalmologist should check your child’s vision if they show signs of:
- misaligned eyes (strabismus)
- “lazy eye” (amblyopia)
- refractive errors (myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism)
Eye Examination Test for Adults3
How often you should visit your eye doctor depends on your eye health. If you have no problems with your vision, a checkup every 2 to 3 years should be sufficient. However, if you have glasses, or if you have health conditions such as diabetes, you should go more often.