While young, healthy patients with good vision only need eye exams a couple of times in a decade. Patients over 50 should plan on an eye exam every two to three years. For those with a history of eye problems or eye disease, your ophthalmologist may require more frequent visits to monitor your vision.
If you experience any changes in your vision between regularly scheduled visits, you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Early detection and treatment of problems can be the key to preventing loss of vision.