Ophthalmology (Eye Diseases)
When To Make An Appointment
An eye exam with an ophthalmologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse helps detect eye problems at their earliest stage — when they're most treatable. Regular eye exams give your eye care professional a chance to help you correct or adapt to vision changes and provide you with tips on caring for your eyes.
Children 3 years and younger
For children under 3, your pediatrician will likely look for the most common eye problems — lazy eye, crossed eyes or misaligned eyes. If there are eye concerns or symptoms, an examination is appropriate at that time regardless of age. Your child could undergo a more comprehensive eye exam between the ages of 3 and 5.
School-age children and adolescents
Have your child's vision checked before he or she enters first grade. If your child has no symptoms of vision problems and no family history of vision problems, have his or her vision rechecked every one to two years. Otherwise, schedule eye exams based on the advice of your eye doctor.
In general, if you are healthy and you have no symptoms of vision problems, have your eyes checked on this schedule:
- Every five to 10 years in your 20s and 30s
- Every two to four years from 40 to 54
- Every one to three years from 55 to 64
- Every one to two years after age 65
Have your eyes checked more often if you:
- Wear glasses or contact lenses
- Have a family history of eye disease or loss of vision
- Have a chronic disease that puts you at greater risk of eye disease, such as diabetes
- Take medications that have serious eye side effects
When to make an appointment
Outside of normal eye exams, you should schedule an appointment with an ophthalmologist or optometrist if you experience any of these signs and symptoms:
- Experience difficulty seeing at night or while driving
- Notice your eyes are red or pink
- Experience sensitivity to light
- Experience blurry vision or trouble focusing on objects
- Experience eye pain
- Seeing spots, flashes, or "floaters"
- Experience excessive dry eyes or tears