The American Optometric Association (AOA) suggests that everyone even individuals that don't require any visual assistance have their eyes examined annually. A little known fact is that our very first eye exam should be done at about six months old. I am a member of the Colorado Optometric Association (COA) and through the AOA, I participate in the InfantSee program. Through this program we provide complimentary eye exams for infants under the age of one. If all is healthy at that first appointment we suggest the next eye exam at age three. Many states have passed legislation requiring an eye exam by an Optometrist or an Ophthalmologist for all children entering the public schools system. Colorado has not yet passed this law. Most learning hinges on good visual processing and a complete eye exam before school starts in imperative for a fresh start to their educational journey. Eye exams annually during the school age years are equally important.
Contact lenses are a great alternative to Spectacle wear. An annual exam and contact lens fitting are required by law for continued contact lens use. Most eye diseases are best managed when caught early so annual dilated exams are vital in maintaining good ocular health throughout the life span. We look forward to seeing you soon for your exam.