Get your eyes checked

From the Spring 2009 Issue of Discover RUSH Oak Park

Whether you have perfect vision or wear glasses or contacts, regular eye exams should be part of your health maintenance plan. Adults with healthy eyes should have an eye exam at least once between the ages of 20 and 29 and at least twice between the ages of 30 and 39.

A good rule of thumb for people between the ages of 40 and 65 is to see the eye doctor every other year, says Peter Panton, MD, an ophthalmologist at Rush Oak Park Hospital. People older than 65 should have an exam every year.

If you have diabetes, a family history of eye problems, or have had eye trauma or surgery, you may need to be seen more often.

For a referral to an ophthalmologist at Rush Oak Park Hospital, call (708) 660-INFO (4636).