Do I need an eye exam?
The American Optometric Association recommends that everyone age 18 to 60 has a comprehensive eye exam every two years, even if you don’t wear glasses or contact lenses! Some people need eye exams more frequently. If you have certain medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension or other eye conditions or are over 60 you’ll need a yearly eye exam.

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Did you know that certain medications and conditions can greatly effect your eyes and vision?
People taking these medications, such as Plaquenil (hydroxychlorquine), Cordarone (amiodarone), Soltamox (tamoxifen), or Myambutol (ethambutol) need eye exams even more than once a year to insure that these medications are not causing damage to your eyes. Diabetics need a yearly eye exam to determine if any treatment is recommended for diabetes in their eyes, known as diabetic retinopathy.

What about children? When should they have their eyes checked?
Experts estimate that 5% of preschoolers and 20% of school aged children have problems with their vision. It is recommended by the American Optometric Association that all children have their first eye exam at 6 months of age and then again at 3 years old. While in school children should have their eyes checked every year, their eye shape changes just like their feet.

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