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How often to screen my child eyes?


Your Eye M.D. (ophthalmologists) recommends the following schedule for eye examinations:

Children
(Age at which screening for eye disease by a pediatrician, nurse or trained screener should take place)

  • Once between age newborn to 3 months
  • Once between age 6 months to 1 year
  • Once at age 3 years (approximately)
  • Once at age 5 years (approximately)

Adults
(Comprehensive medical eye exam by an Eye M.D., ophthalmologist)

  • Once between age 20 and 39
  • Every two to four years between age 40 to 64
  • Every one to two years for persons age 65 and older
  • Some factors may put your child, or yourself, at increased risk for eye disease. If any of these factors applies to you or your child, check with your Eye M.D. (ophthalmologist) to see how often you should have a medical eye exam:
    – Developmental delay
    – Premature birth
    – Personal or family history of eye disease
    – Dark skin individuals
    – Previous serious eye injury
    – Use of certain medications (check with your Eye M.D)
    – Some diseases that affect the whole body (such as diabetes or HIV infection