Healthy Eyes for Every Stage of Life

What should you know about eye care and prevention for you and your children?

Before 3

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

Ages 3-19

Your child or teenager's eyes should be screened during regular check-ups with the pediatrician every one to two years. Learn more

Ages 20-39

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

Ages 40-64

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