For the average adult, once every 12 to 24 months is sufficient. For adults over the age of 65, it is recommended to have an eye exam once per year, as our risk of developing eye diseases can increase with age. If you are a diabetic or have other certain health conditions, you may require eye exams more frequently. Ask your optometrist during your appointment what frequency is appropriate for you.
A Comprehensive Eye Exam not only includes the determination of your prescription and how well you see, but it is also an assessment of how your eyes work together and involves an extensive look at the health of your eyes.
For adults, a regular eye exam is an important part of maintaining your overall health and making your vision last a lifetime. Without an eye exam, critical health issues can be overlooked until it’s too late.
Having a dilated eye exam (getting the drops in your eyes) is very important to evaluate the health of the back of your eye. Your optometrist will decide if dilation is necessary based on the results of your exam, your age, your eye health, and your risk of developing any eye diseases.
Dilation drops enlarge your pupil to allow your optometrist to have a better look at the structures in the back of your eye. The main side effects include blur up close, some blur at distance, and light sensitivity. Some people feel comfortable driving after their dilated eye exam. However, if you are unsure, it is recommended to bring a driver as these side effects will typically last 2-4 hours. Don’t forget to bring your sunglasses!
A typical eye examination averages about 45 minutes. It may be longer or shorter depending on questions, test results, etc.
Group benefit providers offer regular coverage for eye exams. Most insurance providers offer coverage once every 24 months. Check with your provider to confirm your coverage.
Eye exams for seniors 65 and over are eligible for a portion of their eye exam to be covered by MSP.