The College of Optometrists

Frequency of eye examinations

A53
You should examine patients at the most appropriate intervals, depending on their clinical needs.
A54
Contact lens patients may need more frequent appointments for aftercare but are not entitled to more frequent NHS sight tests simply because they wear contact lenses.
A55
In the absence of clinical indications, you should not recall patients more frequently than the following intervals.
Patient age and/or conditionRecommended minimum re-examination interval
The intervals given below should not be taken as applying automatically to all patients in a category.
Up to 16, no binocular vision anomaly or refractive error 1 year
under 7 years, with binocular vision anomaly or corrected refractive error 6 months
7-15 years, with binocular vision anomaly or rapidly progressing myopia 6 months
16 years and over 2 years
with diabetes who are part of diabetic retinopathy monitoring scheme 2 years
with diabetes who are not part of diabetic retinopathy monitoring scheme 1 year
A56
In the absence of clinical indications you should not examine patients who are being monitored by the hospital eye service more frequently than every two years.

 

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