For adults with no risk factors and no vision or eye symptoms, the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends:
Age 65 or older – Every one to two years
55-64 – Every one to three years
40-54 – Every two to four years
Under 40 – Every five to ten years
More frequent vision examinations (including refractions for eyeglass prescriptions and contact lens evaluations, etc.) may be recommended for patients with vision needs. Those with risk factors for eye diseases such as diabetes, certain medications, family history, or any symptoms or pre-existing conditions may require more frequent comprehensive eye exams.