It depends in part on your age and also on your eyes and family.

If you’re younger than 40 and have no eye problems, your doctor might suggest you get routine tests every 2 years. Or he could tell you that you don’t need any tests. Ask what he thinks is best for you.

If you’re 40 or older, you should get your eyes checked every 1 to 2 years.

If you’ve had eye trouble in the past, or if you’re at risk for developing it (if someone in your family had it), you should see an eye doctor every year.

Why? You need to check to see if you have serious, sometimes “silent” problems that can affect your vision, like:

  • Glaucoma
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Cataracts
  • Diabetic retinopathy