How Often People Age 40-54 Need Eye Exams

Justin Wilkin, MD is an ophthalmologist at the Marietta Eye Clinic.

Justin Wilkin, MD - Ophthalmologist

Your vision is fundamental to your quality of life and with proper preventative care you can give yourself every advantage possible to keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear. At various stages of your life, you need to take proactive measures to ensure your vision remains at optimal levels. Additionally, your general health status may affect the normal measures you should take to maintain great visual health.

How Often Do People Age 40-54 Need Eye Exams?

The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the doctors at the Marietta Eye Clinic recommend, if you are age 40 to 54, to have a comprehensive eye examination at least every 2 to 4 years. This frequency guidance is for you if you do not have any symptoms of eye disease present and if you are seeing clearly. Comprehensive eye examinations are much more than checking your vision for a need to use glasses and contacts (refraction). Optometrists and ophthalmologists conduct comprehensive eye examinations to check for damage from health conditions such as diabetes and to check specifically for eye diseases which can lead to blindness such as glaucoma and cataracts.

Families can stay healthy and active with help from the doctors at the Marietta Eye Clinic.

Does the Frequency of Eye Exams Change with Disease Symptoms?

Eye exams help you and your doctor detect eye problems and diseases at their earliest stage, when they are at their most treatable state or level. Your health situation is unique to you and the same goes for your eye health. Your vision and ocular health at any given time is a unique combination of factors. Regular, comprehensive exams help you work with your eye doctor to meet your individual ocular health needs and help your doctor know how to guide you in maintaining great eye health and clear, sharp vision.

Some eye disease symptoms may not present until the disease is advanced and presents challenges in slowing progression or facing permanent visual damage. The guidelines above apply to individuals 40-54 who present no symptoms or disease risk factors – especially major disease diagnosis such as diabetes and any family history of major disease or eye disease specifically.

Here are some common reasons to increase the frequency of eye exams:

  • Wear glasses or contact lenses.
  • Have a family history of eye disease such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, or catarats.
  • Have a chronic disease that puts you at greater risk of eye disease, such as diabetes or hypertension.
  • Take medications that may have serious eye side effects such as prednisone or plaquenil.

Routine eye exams have been proven to help combat major eye health issues and prevent blindness. Keep in mind the guidance above and please reach out to your local optometrist or ophthalmologist if you are at a higher risk of developing eye disease or vision problems. There are times a disease may be progressing even if you don’t notice any particular symptoms.

Why Trust Your Eye Care to the Marietta Eye Clinic?

For over 50 years, we have built long-term relationships with patients – seeing nearly 70,000 patients per year at our 9 Metro Atlanta locations. We have 29 eye care providers – Optometrists, Ophthalmologists, Surgeons, and Specialists in Lasik, Cataracts, Cornea, Glaucoma, Retina, Oculoplastics, Pediatrics, and Comprehensive Ophthalmology. This is a powerful team of doctors who listen carefully to your needs and bring you the latest in scientific knowledge and technology. You can trust your eyes to our team.

Brittany McNeely, OD is an optometrist at the Marietta Eye Clinic.

Brittany McNeely, OD – Optometrist

References and Additional Resources

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) ( is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons. They describe themselves as a “global community of 32,000 medical doctors who protect sight and empower lives by setting the standards for ophthalmic education and advocating for our patients and the public.”  Their website is a great resource to learn more about how to care for your eyes.

The American Optometric Association (AOA) ( The AOA describes itself as the leading authority on quality care and an advocate for our nation’s health, representing more than 44,000 doctors of optometry (O.D.), optometric professionals, and optometry students.

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