Comprehensive Eye Exams at InnerHarbour Optometry

How often should you see your eye doctor for an eye exam?

This is probably the most common question our office receives by patients. “How often should you see your eye doctor for an eye exam”? Patients are usually confused because they just haven’t been properly informed. Firstly, you should see your optometrist regularly. If this is news to you, well let’s just say we are happy you know now. It could save your eyesight.

Eye care is a proactive approach, instead of a retroactive approach. Continuous eye check-ups allow foresight into possible eye conditions that you may develop, and early detection means proper diagnosis and treatment. Furthering your chances of ensuring your eyes are well taken care of.

The Recommended Timeline

So let’s break it down, when exactly do you need an eye exam:

Children (0-18 years): 

  • 6 months
  • 3 years
  • Every year thereafter

Adults (19-64):

  • Bi-annually

Seniors (65+):

  • Annually, or bi-annually

It’s important to remember that these recommended periods may change for those with specific eye conditions. Your optometrist will inform you if you need to see them sooner.

What about insurance coverage?

Some patients have extended medical plans while others do not. It can be confusing and that is why we have laid it all out for you in our insurance coverage page.


Still Confused? 

Book an appointment with Dr. Sharma to learn more! We love seeing happy eyes.

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  1. Amanda Drew
    Amanda Drew says:

    Thank you so much for breaking down when you need an eye exam, specifically that your kid will need their first one at 6 months. My husband and I are expecting our first child, and we both need contacts. So we think that our baby might, and we’ll need to find an eye doctor who’ll be able to take care of the baby.

  2. Rachel Frampton
    Rachel Frampton says:

    I could certainly be better when it comes to getting regular eye exams and I really appreciated that you broke down the timeline for getting regular eye exams. I’m at the point where a bi-annual exam is good enough and to remember that if I develop a different eye condition it may need to be more frequent. I will have to book my eye exam here soon.

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