Unlike a hip or knee, your eyes cannot be replaced—yet. If you’re 65 or older, regular eye exams are essential to prevent and treat eye conditions that become more common with age, including cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease.
An eye exam can also reveal other health conditions, as this ABC News report shows.
How often do you need an eye exam?
Adults age 55 to 64 need a complete general eye exam every 1 to 3 years. Adults 65 and older should be seen every 1 to 2 years.
If you wear glasses or contacts, or have a condition such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis that affects your eyes, you should go more—not less—often. Learn when to get an eye exam at every age.
Do I need an eye exam if I have good vision?
Yes. Learn why.
What if I need cataract surgery?
If you’re wondering when to have cataract surgery, you are not alone. More than half of Americans have had it by age 80. Today, the procedure itself takes about 30 minutes, and you go home the same day.
Modern intraocular lens implants can correct your vision, including adjusting for nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
What about eye exams for refraction?
A refraction gives your eye doctor the basis for your eyeglass or contact lens prescription. Medicare Part B does not cover it, but Oregon Eye Specialists offers a 20 percent refraction discount at the time of your exam. Or your vision insurance or private medical insurance may cover it. If you need glasses, The Sight Shops have frames and lenses for every budget.
Medicare does cover:
- A yearly diabetic retinopathy exam for people with diabetes
- A yearly glaucoma test for people at high risk
- Certain macular degeneration tests and treatments
Our staff is always happy to answer insurance and billing questions.
Schedule an eye exam
At Oregon Eye Specialists, our goal is to keep you doing the things you love to do. To catch age-related eye problems early and make the most of your vision, schedule an eye exam every one to two years, even if you think your eyes are healthy. Call 503-935-5580 or request an appointment online at one of our 10 convenient locations.