At what age should I have my vision checked or take my children to the ophthalmologist?

Eyecare is one of the fundamental tasks that human beings must do faithfully if we do not want to end up facing some serious displeasure.

Because sight is one of the most precious assets and perhaps the most transcendental sense, along with hearing, in order to maintain an acceptable quality of life at any age.

But for that, it is necessary to follow some prevention guidelines that, to begin with, and at a minimum, have the form of ‘mandatory’ reviews by going to the ophthalmologist.

Review before age 4

To begin with, it is very important that children go for a check-up before they are 4 years old, in order to face pathologies such as the lazy eye.

In the specific case of this ailment, it is a childhood pathology that is cured in 90% of cases as long as it is diagnosed before the child reaches 8 years of age. Otherwise, if we have been careless and have not taken our child to the eye doctor, we will find ourselves with a serious problem, since from this age it is practically impossible to cure lazy eye.

In addition, these important check-ups for the little ones will allow the specialist to detect other conditions early, such as myopia, to guarantee the normal visual development of the child.

The next revision that should be ‘mandatory’ for everyone is around the age of 20. It is essential because it is at that moment when myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism finish developing and we must put the means to avoid the damage that it can cause in the development of the young person, as well as the risk of worsening it.

In women, this development occurs earlier, around 18 years of age, while in men it occurs between 21 and 22.

Review before age 40

It is not a specific moment, but it is very important that before the age of 40 we go to the ophthalmologist to take our eye pressure. With that test, we could rule out glaucoma. But we could also be classified as suspects, thereby entering into a routine review protocol that can decisively help us to maintain the quality of our vision.

One of the most common mild eye conditions is dry eye. And it usually appears around the age of 40, especially in women, and is aggravated by environmental factors.

The best way to treat it is to go to the ophthalmologist at the first symptom and start using artificial tears.

Review at 65

If we are one of those lucky people who at 65 we have been lucky enough to not have any eye disease, it is time to recheck our eyes to prevent macular degeneration, through the use of filters and other therapies that delay the appearance of this disease.

As we see in that brief description, there are many risks that we can avoid with the minimum required ophthalmological examinations, if we do not need to visit you more frequently due to having a diagnosed ailment or any foreseeable risk.

For all this, visits to the specialist are precisely the best preventive recommendations to ensure visual health.