The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends that adults wearing glasses or contacts and adults aged 61 and older should see their eye doctor every year or as recommended. If no vision correction is required, adults aged 18 to 60 should have eye exams every two years.
All surgery – even LASIK – has risks, but most people who undergo LASIK treatment do not suffer from serious side effects. The most common risks of LASIK surgery include dry eye syndrome; the possible need for glasses or contact lenses after surgery; visual symptoms including halos, glare, starbursts, and double vision; and loss of vision. Be sure to talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits of LASIK surgery before you decide whether it is the right option for you.
Cataract surgery also has risks, but it is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures, as well as one of the safest. More than 95 percent of the 3 million cataract surgeries are performed without complications.
Nearsightedness, or myopia, causes objects in the distance to be blurry while farsightedness, or hyperopia, causes near objects to appear blurred.
Yes, you can, simply because both often result as a natural part of aging. But they are not related to one another. And though most people with glaucoma are not at any greater risk to develop cataracts as those without it,13 there are some exceptions. Ask your doctor if you are concerned.