How often do I need an eye examination?

Patients in the area of Fargo, ND who are patients of Dr. Steve Thom at Thom Eye and Laser Clinic may ask about regular eye examinations. While most patients know that visiting their dentist every six months is a strong recommendation, they may be unsure as to how often they need to meet with an ophthalmologist for a complete eye exam. There is no specific rule of thumb, but we do encourage patients to see us regularly based on their age. Below are the more common age groups and how often they should see their eye doctor:

  • Patients ages 0-39 – every three to five years
  • Patients ages 40-64 – every two to four years
  • Patients ages 65 and older – every one to two years
  • Special needs/risks – patients with certain conditions, including diabetes and previous trauma, may require more frequent eye examinations as recommended by an ophthalmologist

Additionally, patients who have any eye concerns of changes in their vision should book an appointment with Thom Eye and Laser Clinic as soon as possible, regardless of when their next eye examination is scheduled.

What happens during a complete eye examination?

During an eye exam, an eye doctor will often dilate the eyes to get a good look inside of the eye. This is done by widening the pupil of the eyes with special eye drops. Dilated eye exams should be done regularly to monitor for changes in the eye health or vision. Oftentimes a dilated examination may be combined with an exam for a new prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. Dr. Steve Thom will advise patients if they need further evaluation depending on their age, current vision concerns, and eye health.

Call the team at Thom Eye and Laser Clinic to discuss your next evaluation

Eye examinations should be performed on a regular basis, but patients of varying ages have different needs. Dr. Steve Thom encourages patients in the community of Fargo, ND to ask about their next appointment. Call (701) 235-5200 to see if you are due for an eye examination at our premiere eye care facility at 2601 University Drive South.

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