How Often Should You Get Your Eyes Checked After Age 50

Image taken by Dr. Jillian Wong, optometrist at OPT clinic Edmonton

Image taken by Dr. Jillian Wong, optometrist at OPT clinic Edmonton

As you get older, there is more chance of eye problems and diseases such as presbyopia, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. While conditions like presbyopia can be easily treated with the help of glasses, the latter ones are more serious and need more attention and care. Getting a regular eye exam ensures that your optometrist can identify and treat any problems as soon as possible, before serious and permanent damage to your vision occurs

Depending on age and other risk factors determines how often you should get your eyes checked

  • If you are between 40-64, you should get your eyes checked every 2 years
  • If you are 65 or older, you should get your eyes checked every year

Special considerations

The following people require more frequent eye check ups.

  • People with diabetes should get their eyes checked every year
  • People with certain illnesses, or those taking certain medications (such as those with rheumatoid arthritis taking Plaquenil)
  • People who have a high nearsighted prescription
  • People with a family history of eye problems and blindness

Your optometrist is your primary care provider for your eyes. If you are in Edmonton, Alberta, we'd love to be your eye doctor! If you notice any sudden changes between eye appointments, contact us immediately!

As you get older, your vision becomes more difficult to maintain. Let OPT help! Book your eye exam to ensure your eyes stay healthy for many years to come!