You may have heard that healthy adults ages 19-40 should get their eyes checked about once every two years. But what exactly does it mean to have “healthy” vision? According to the Mayo Clinic, adults should aim for “normal” results from their eye exams, which include:
- Having 20/20 vision
- Having good peripheral vision
- The ability to accurately distinguish between colors
- Having no signs of cataracts, glaucoma, or degeneration of the retina
- “Normal-appearing” structures of the eye
The clinic suggests that people who find that they have only minor vision problems – meaning they can still drive and perform daily activities without any difficulty – can decide for themselves if they would like to get corrective lenses. In other cases, an eye doctor on your vision plan may inform you that your visual test results were abnormal, meaning your vision needs to be corrected. Most of the time, getting a prescription for glasses or contacts will solve the problem. Don’t hesitate to ask questions and get specific information about the results of your vision exams. It is extremely important to stay vigilant and continue to get your eyes checked regularly, even if your vision is currently classified as healthy and normal. Your eyes will thank you down the road!