Eye Exams

Eye Exams

Recommended Eye Examination Frequency

Eye health and vision examinations play a vital role in ensuring a lifetime of clear vision and healthy eyes. Your optometrist will ensure you are attaining the best vision possible and will check for eye diseases, such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. Doctors of optometry routinely examine for ocular side effects of systemic disease and medications.

Regular eye health checks are important, eye disease can progress without any obvious symptoms. Often, by the time the sufferer notices symptoms of a disease, vision has been permanently damaged. By having your eyes examined on a regular basis, your optometrist can detect signs of disease in its earliest stages and ensure prompt treatment.

The minimum recommended frequency of examination:

Birth – 2 years

Infants and toddlers should undergo their first eye examination between the ages of 6 and 9 months

2 – 5 years

Preschool children should undergo at least one eye examination between the ages of 2 and 5 years

6 – 19 years

School children aged 6 to 19 years should undergo an eye examination annually

20 – 39 years

Adults aged 20 to 39 years should undergo an eye examination every 2 to 3 years

40 – 64 years

Adults aged 40 to 64 years should undergo an eye examination every 2 years

65 years+

Adults aged 65 years or older should undergo an eye examination annually

* Annual eye examinations for patients diagnosed with diabetes, along with all Saskatchewan children under the age of 18, are covered by Saskatchewan Health.

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