Eye disease screening recommendations

Adults who have no signs or risk factors for eye disease should get a baseline eye disease screening at age 40 according to recommendations by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Age 40 is the age when early signs of eye disease and vision changes might begin to occur.

The baseline screening will allow the ophthalmologist to prescribe the necessary follow-up exams. However, if patients have symptoms of or are at a higher risk of eye disease because of family history or pre-existing health conditions such as diabetes, then patients should see their ophthalmologist regardless of their age.

This baseline eye disease screening does not replace regular eye screenings for current eye health issues or for eye glass vision exams. There are many eye diseases that can affect people aged 40 and over without any noticeable symptoms.

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