How often do you need an eye exam?

Eye health encompasses much more than just clarity of vision and regular eye exams are an important way to stay on top of your overall well being.

When and how often to see an Optometrist

For infants, a first visit is now recommended between 6 and 9 months of age (typically only if problems are noticed), followed by another exam (assuming all is well) between the ages of two and five years old. After that, an annual checkup is a good idea until age 18. Learn more on our Pediatric Eye Exams page.

Many adults don’t realize they should have their eyes checked every two years and once retirement age (65) is reached, annual exams are recommended.

Graphic illustrating eye exam schedule across the lifespanWhat your eye exam includes

A complete examination will usually include the components listed below, although this may vary depending on the age of the patient, abilities, and general health and eye conditions:

  • A history of your health with an emphasis placed on your eyes and visual needs
  • Measurement of your visual acuity
  • Measurement of your refractive error
  • Determination of binocularity (how your eyes work together)
  • Detection of colour vision defects
  • A complete eye health check. An examination of the eyes for any disease or abnormality
  • A diagnosis from the results of the examination and recommendations for any treatment, if required
  • The provision of a prescription or treatment plan for vision correction, if required
  • The provision of a prescription for eye drops or oral medications, if required
  • Any counseling or advice that is necessary

Special tests are also available for patients with Diabetes; read more in our article Diabetes and Your Eyes.

General eyecare

Screen time has increased dramatically for many students and others during the coronavirus pandemic. Help to ease the strain in eyes by following these tips: Feeling eye strain from all that screen time?

Appointment reminder

Under current conditions, our clinics require appointments for any visit; please visit our COVID-19 post for a full list of reminders.

If you need an appointment urgently, please call either clinic or use our appointment forms. We will get you in as quickly as possible.

Gloucester Clinic

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Almonte Clinic

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