August is National Eye Exam Month, a reminder of how important eye health and safety are. Even if you think you have healthy eyes and you don’t have any vision problems, if you’re between the ages of 40 and 65, you should have your vision checked every 2 to 4 years. If you’re over 65 you should be examined at least every 2 years.

As you get older the muscles in the eyes become weaker, so you have a greater chance for blurred vision, eye irritation and disease. Here are some indicators that you could have a serious eye problem:

  • Blurry vision even if you’re wearing glasses
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Eye pain
  • Red eyes
  • A burning sensation in your eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Floaters or spots in your range of vision

But the focus isn’t on just older adults. Vision problems in children are hard to detect because the kids don’t know they have a problem – it’s all they’ve ever known. Three to five percent of kids between the ages of 18 months and four years old show signs of a crossed or lazy eye. And it’s also about this age that some kids have blurry vision.

There are plenty of organizations and companies that offer free eye exams for children. You can find them online at