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Question:
Is it necessary to have your eyes dilated every year? I have family history of glaucoma and wet and dry macular degeneration.

Answer:
The frequency of dilated eye examination depends on your age. The American Academy of Ophthalmology now recommends that adults with no signs or risk factors for eye disease get a baseline eye disease screening (including dilation) at age 40. A family history of glaucoma and dry age-related macular degeneration increases the need for regular dilated examination. See an ophthalmologist for a dilated eye exam and to determine how often you should return.

Answered by: George Williams, MDDr. George Williams

Categories: General Eye Health

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