The Great American Eye Test–do you see it?
March 2002 is Save Your Vision Month. The American Optometric Association (AOA) offers this simple yes or no test to help you find out if you or someone in your family should have an eye examination. If you answer yes to more than one question, or you have not seen your optometrist in over a year, its probably time to schedule an appointment. Unique eye and vision conditions exist for seniors, baby boomers, women and children. This test serves as a quick overview for all populations.
Do you experience:
Difficulty reading small print, sewing or doing crafts? Yes No
Headaches or have tired, burning eyes after reading or working on a computer? Yes No
Difficulty seeing at night or seeing street signs while driving? Yes No
Irritated, dry, red or sensitive eyes? Yes No
Have diabetes? Yes No
Have a family history of glaucoma? Yes No
Attend school and have difficulty in reading or learning (or a child who does) Yes No
Have a family history of lazy eye, weak vision, or eye disease? Yes No
Handle chemicals, use power tools, or engage in sports that may be hazardous to your eyes? Yes No
Even if you answered no to these questions, keep in mind that symptoms of eye disease and vision problems are not always apparent. Eye exams by a doctor of optometry can help you be certain that your eyes are healthy and functioning properly.
The American Optometric Association recommends that you visit the optometrist on a schedule depending on your age. You should seek eye care more frequently if new ocular, visual or systemic health problems develop. Persons with additional risk factors should also be examined more frequently.
Age Group Frequency
Infants and Children By 6 months of age; at 3 years
of age, before starting first
grade, and every 2 years thereafter
18 years – 40 years Every 2-3 years
41 years – 60 years Every 2 years
61 years and older Every year