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How Frequently Should I Get My Eyes Checked?

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It is important to keep up with your routine eye exams even when you don’t think you need a change in your prescription. Regular eye exams are crucial in making sure the health of your eye is stable.

We recommend that parents bring their KIDS in for their first eye exam at around 6 months of age, again around age 3, and before beginning grade 1. We recommend annual eye exams for all children. Early childhood exams are important for the detection, diagnosis and treatment of vision problems that may interfere with your child’s learning. 80% of learning is VISUAL, and so early detection is key.

For ADULTS, we recommend a regular eye exam every 2 years typically. Those with certain eye conditions such as diabetes or are at risk for certain eye conditions like glaucoma or macular degeneration, will need to be seen more frequently. Those who suffer from diabetes should be seen annually for routine eye exams. Those on certain medications that can cause visual complications should also be seen more frequently as well.


However, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should be seen sooner than your scheduled routine eye appointment: 

  • Increased blurry vision (sudden or gradual)
  • Chronic or new onset headaches
  • Sudden increase in floaters or flashes
  • New sensitivity to light
  • Pain in the eye
  • Red eyes
  • Difficulty driving at night or loss of night vision

Book your appointment today with one of our Hamilton optometrists! We accept walk-in and urgent same day appointments. 

Call us at 289-309-1090 to book an appointment today! 

Written by Dr. Casthoory Viswanathan

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