Eye Exams: How Frequently Should I Get One?

How Frequently Should I Get an Eye Exam?Regular eye exams are important, regardless of age. The frequency of these exams, however, differs with age, along with medical conditions. Based on the recommendation of the American Optometric Association (AOA), the following contains a good rule of thumb for when you should go in for an eye exam.


For adults, going in for a comprehensive eye exam every two years is recommended. This includes getting your vision checked, as well as any other issues with your eyes that may have sprung up since your last visit. Once you’ve reached the age of 60, a visit every year is recommended. If you already wear glasses or contact lenses, however, you should go in yearly, regardless of age. Likewise, those with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, should also go in for an annual exam. This number may vary based on the severity of your conditions. For example, those with uncontrolled diabetes should visit their eye doctor two or three times a year.


Children have a scattered schedule when it comes to eye exams. When they’re young, they should go in starting at six months old, again at age three, and then again at age five or six. After this last exam, once every two years should be sufficient, so long as there are no issues discovered. Continue every two years until adulthood. As with adults, children with glasses or contacts should have an eye exam every year. In some cases, more frequent eye exams may be necessary. Your child may need more frequent visits if they have one or more of the following conditions:

  • Premature birth or developmental delays
  • Fetal distress at birth or low Apgar scores
  • Infection during pregnancy (AIDS, herpes, rubella, etc)
  • Other vision problems, such as crossed eyes
  • Eye injury
  • Medical conditions (diabetes, high blood pressure, and many others) 


At Hampton Roads Eye Associates, children and adults receive the highest quality eye care possible.  We are uniquely situated to provide general eye exams, specialty eye care such as retinal testing, laser surgery and more, and our optical shop allows us to fit and order you and your child for glasses after your exam if the need arises.  Please contact us at (757) 643-8800 to schedule your appointment or use our convenient online scheduling tool.