How long does an eyeglass prescription last?

childrens eyeglassesEye exams. We’ve all had them. Perhaps you had yours quite some time ago, and you’re just now getting around to buying glasses. No shame! We’ve all held on to an eyeglass prescription for a while. But now you may be asking yourself, ”How long does a prescription last?”

The answer is: it depends.

The length of time an eyeglass prescription is good for varies from age group to age group. When children grow, so does the eyeball, and it is susceptible to more rapid changes when they go through a sudden growth spurt. Hence, their need for different lens strengths may be more frequent. This is not the case for adults whose growth spurts have subsided. When we stop growing, our eyeglass prescriptions will largely stay the same. This is the case until we get into our 40s, and then changes in how we see up close begin taking place.

OpDocs recommends that everyone get an annual eye exam unless you are diagnosed with a disease, such as diabetes, and it will need to be determined by your eye health professional.

If you have glaucoma, for example, you may need to be seen weekly by your eye care professional. A good rule of thumb is to always ask your examining doctor when you need to be seen again.

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