Regardless of whether or not you wear glasses or contact lenses, or have perfect vision, it’s important to get regular eye exams. How frequently you get your eyes examined depends on a number of factors, which I will go over below.
The first thing you must decide whether to see an optometrist or opthamalogist. Opthamalogists are doctors who are able to perform surgery. Optometrists, on the other hand, can prescribe glasses and contacts as well as drops and other medication. They are able to treat most eye conditions that do not involve surgery. Therefore, in most cases, I think seeing an optometrist makes the most sense.
Children who do not have any vision problems should get an exam every other year. On the other hand, if your child wears contact lenses, then annual exams are necessary.
For adults, an exam every 2 years is fine until later in life. If you are over 61, some people recommend exams every year. Again, if you wear contacts lenses, you should have exams annually.
You can get an eye exam at an optometrists, office, an optical retailer or at the vision center of a large department store such as Walmart or Sears. On the whole, I have found that large department stores offer the cheapest prices for exams. In most cases, you should expect to pay around $70 – $100 for an exam. Contact lens exams generally cost more than the exams for people who simply wear eyeglasses.
Contact lens users should also note that they can save money by purchasing their lenses over the internet. Online outlets such as Justlenses.com offer rock bottom prices, and in most cases you can also find a coupon for stores like justlenses and get an even better deal. To view such coupons, I suggest you pay a visit to visual discount.com.