Regular eye exams are a key to good vision. During an exam, an eye doctor can tell you if you need glasses. They can also find eye diseases early, when treatment is most effective.
Regular eye exams are a key to good vision. During an exam,
an eye doctor can tell you if you need glasses. They can also find eye diseases
early, when treatment is most effective.
American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Pediatrics
recommend that children have their eyes checked by a pediatrician at the
All babies should have their eyes checked for infections, defects,
cataracts, or glaucoma before leaving the hospital. This is especially
true for premature babies, babies who were given oxygen for an extended
period, and babies with multiple medical problems.
- By 6 months of age.
As part of each well-child visit,eye health, vision development, and
alignment of the eyes should be checked.
- Starting at 1 to 2 years. Photo screening devices can be used to start
detecting potential eyes problems.
- At 3 to 4 years.
Eyes and vision should be checked for any abnormalities that may cause
problems with later development.
- At 5 years and older.
Vision in each eye should be checked separately every year. If a problem
is found during routine eye exams, your child's doctor may have your child
see a pediatric eye specialist (ophthalmologist) who is an eye doctor
trained and experienced in the care of children's eye problems.
People with diabetes should have a yearly dilated eye exam.
People with a higher risk for glaucoma should have a dilated
eye exam every 2 years. They include:
- African Americans 40 years and older
- All adults older than 60
- People with a family history of glaucoma
If you notice any eye problems, don't wait. Visit your eye doctor right away.
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Eye Care Resources
Vision Health Initiative (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Vision and Eye Health (New York State Department of Health)
Keep Your Eyes Healthy (National Eye Institute)
How Fidelis Care Can Help
To find out if your Fidelis Care health coverage includes eye care, call 1-888-FIDELIS (1-888-343-3547), or read your Member Handbook.