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I'm a 43-year old man, and I can't even remember the last time I had my eyes checked. My vision is terrific. Do I even need to get an eye exam?

Just because your vision is good doesn't mean your eyes are healthy. Many diseases cause damage to your vision without your noticing it until it is too late. That's why the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that adults with no signs or risk factors for eye disease get an eye disease screening at age 40. This is the time when early signs of disease and changes in vision may start to happen. Based on the results of your initial screening, your ophthalmologist will let you know how often you should return for follow-up exams.

Answered by: Andrew Iwach, MD Dr. Andrew Iwach 

Categories: General Eye Health, Eye Diseases

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Answered: Nov 30, 2010

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