How often should I have my eyes examined?

The American Optometric Association recommends frequent comprehensive eye exams.  Patients requiring yearly eye exams include those with diabetes, hypertension, a family

history of ocular disease, or whose clinical findings increase their potential risk; those working in occupations that are highly demanding visually or are eye hazardous; those taking prescription or nonprescription drugs with ocular side effects; those wearing contact lenses; those who have had eye surgery; everyone over 60, and those with other health  concerns or conditions. Periodic eye and vision examinations are an important part of preventive health care. Many eye and vision problems have no obvious signs or symptoms. As a result, individuals are often unaware that problems exist. Early diagnosis and treatment of eye and vision problems are important for maintaining good vision and eye health, and when possible, preventing vision loss.