Alberta Association of Optometrists

Regular eye exams are necessary in order to diagnose vision and ocular health conditions in a timely manner, and to aid in prevention of these conditions.

How often you will need to receive an eye exam will depend largely on YOUR individual eye care needs.  After your initial examination, your optometrist will help you determine when you should return.  General guidelines, however, are in place to assist you in determining follow-up examination frequency.

The below list is a recommended minimum frequency for low-risk patients in each age group:

  • Infants and toddlers (birth to 24 months) - By age 6 months
  • Preschool (2 to 5 years) - At age 3, and prior to entering elementary school
  • School age (6 to 19 years) - Annually
  • Adult (20 to 64 years) - Every one to two years
  • Older adult (65 years and older) - Annually

Eye Exams for Seniors are Covered by Alberta Health Care.
The value of prevention… Health, nutrition and prevention are the keys to quality of life.