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:
- Infants & toddlers (birth to 2 years): Infants and toddlers should undergo their first exam between the ages of 6 and 9 months
- Preschool (2 to 5 years): At least one exam between ages 2 and 5 years
- School age (6 to 19 years): Annually
- Adult (20 to 39 years): Every 2 to 3 years
- Adult (40 to 64 years): Every 2 years
- Adult (65 years and older): Annually
- Or as recommended by your optometrist
* Annual eye examinations for patients diagnosed with diabetes, along with all Saskatchewan children under the age of 18, are covered by Saskatchewan Health.