How to Know When to Get an Eye Exam

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Like children, adults who are at risk for eye disease should get a comprehensive eye exam more frequently than most people. According to All About Vision, if any of the following factors apply to you, speak to your doctor about the frequency of your exams: 

  • a family history of glaucoma, macular degeneration or other eye disease;
  • the presence of diabetes or high blood pressure;
  • "a visually demanding occupation";
  • a job that poses dangers to your eyes;
  • taking medication with side effects that affect your vision; or
  • previous eye injuries or surgeries. 

Urban Optiques, a prominent Detroit eyewear distributor, recommends seeing an optometrist for an exam immediately if you notice any of the following: 

  • blurry vision;
  • difficulty focusing;
  • headaches;
  • eye pain that lasts more than a few days
  • eye pain that occurs during movement;
  • constant squinting to attempt to see better;
  • sensitivity to light; or
  • signs of eye infection, such as discharge, itchiness or redness.