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An eye exam is recommended every year. As a rule, you shouldn’t go longer than two years between eye exams. You may need to have your eyes examined more often if you have a family history of eye diseases, diabetes, you have generally poor health, or you’re taking medications that may have potential side effects on the eye.
Routine eye exams are an important preventive measure for maintaining your overall health and wellness. During an eye exam a VSP network eye doctor can look for vision problems and signs of serious medical conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, diabetes, and even cancer.
During a contact lens exam, your doctor will evaluate your vision with contacts. Although your vision may be clear and you feel no discomfort from your lenses, there are potential risk factors with improper fitting of contact lenses that can affect the overall health of your eyes.
The American Optometric Association suggests that children should have their first regular eye exam at six months of age. Another vision exam should take place when a child is around two or three years of age when their vision undergoes its most rapid development and vision correction is most effective.
Children should have an eye exam every two years or more often if there is an eye or vision problem or a family history of eye disease.
School children use their eyes more often than adults to read and perform other activities, so it's critical for them to have regular eye exams. Eye screening offered at school typically only tests distance and may not detect some vision problems. Your child can have problems with near vision, eye coordination, and focusing and still have 20/20 distance vision. If left untreated, these problems can cause learning disabilities, headaches, and other visual discomforts.