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.  

Happy Holidays from the Team at Hampton Roads Eye Associates

Happy Holidays from the Team at Hampton Roads Eye Associates

5 Thanksgiving Foods for Eye Health

5 Thanksgiving Foods for Eye HealthThanksgiving is fast approaching, and while you start eyeing your favorite foods, consider thinking about the foods that will also promote eye health. After all, your eyes are important, and certainly something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. With a bit of preparation, your Thanksgiving feast can be more than just eye candy. We’ve put together a list of food you can prepare that benefit your eyes while fitting right into the Thanksgiving theme.


Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a staple among Thanksgiving dinners throughout the country, and they’re also a very good source of vitamin C and vitamin E. These vitamins are valuable assets in promoting good eye health in that they help keep the eye’s healthy tissue from breaking down.


Skip the mashed potatoes (especially if you already have sweet potatoes on the menu) and make a mouthwatering mash of cauliflower. A very good source of vitamin C and omega-3s, cauliflower is linked to promoting good eye health.

Green Beans

Whether it’s green bean casserole or simply warmed in a microwave, green beans contain nutrients that help protect the retina.

Cranberry Sauce

Complete with bioflavonoids and vitamin C, cranberries protect against pollution and the body’s metabolic process. So go ahead and apply liberally to your turkey!

Pumpkin Pie

Yes, you read that right. Pumpkin pie is good for the eye, so if you get an eyebrow raised for going for seconds or thirds, you can always counter that with its health benefits. Pumpkin contains vitamin A, which is good for promoting night vision and protecting the lens and other areas of the eye.


When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, you can have a delicious feast while still focusing on foods for eye health. Of course, it’s always good to have an eye exam in order to get a closer look at the health of your eyes. Schedule an appointment with us today!