Healthy Eyes for Every Stage of Life
What should you know about eye care and prevention for you and your children?
Make sure your child's eyes are screened during regular checkups with the pediatrician. Consult an ophthalmologist if your child's eyes appear crossed, if you notice a lazy eye, or if the upper eyelid droops. Learn more
Your child or teenager's eyes should be screened during regular check-ups with the pediatrician every one to two years. Learn more
Have a complete eye exam at least once between 20 and 29 and at least twice between 30 and 39. See an ophthalmologist if you experience visual changes or pain; see flashes of light, spots or ghost-like images; have dry eyes with itching or burning; or if lines appear distorted or wavy. Learn more
Even if you have no signs or risk factors for eye disease, you should see an ophthalmologist to get a baseline eye disease screening at age 40. This is in addition to regular visits to the ophthalmologist for vision exams, or to treat ongoing diseases or injuries. Learn more
Ages 65 and Older
Have a complete eye exam from an ophthalmologist every one to two years to check for cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other eye conditions. Learn more