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Complete eye exams are important to check for vision problems and eye diseases that you may not know you have. Many eye diseases, such as glaucoma, do not have any early symptoms and are only found with an eye exam. The Alberta Association of Optometrists recommends an eye exam at the following times:
Your eye doctor may also suggest that you get examinations more often just to check for refractive errors, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness.
If you are at risk for or have signs of eye disease, such as glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration, you may need complete eye examinations more often.
For people who have diabetes, experts recommend a yearly eye examination. If you have no signs of diabetic retinopathy, your doctor may recommend less frequent eye examinations.footnote 2
CitationsCanadian Ophthalmological Society (2007). Canadian Ophthalmological Society evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for the periodic eye examination in adults in Canada. Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, 42 (1): 39–45. DOI: 10.1139/i06-126e. Accessed July 19, 2020.Diabetes Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines Expert Committee, et al. (2018). Retinopathy. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 42(Suppl 1): S210–S216. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2017.10.027. Accessed October 15, 2018.
Adaptation Date: 9/12/2023
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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