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Are you looking for an optometrist (eye doctor) in Lexington or Nicholasville, KY?

At EyeMax, quality eye care is our number one priority.  Our eye doctors and staff provide our patients with the highest quality care and personalized service and attention.  We never get tired of hearing our patients say “Wow, that was the most thorough eye exam I’ve ever had” as they leave the office.  We believe in building longterm relationships with our patients and treat each patient as we would a friend or family member.

Although EyeMax is independently owned and operated by your doctors, all of our locations are conveniently located in Lexington area and Nicholasville, Kentucky Walmart Supercenters.  This allows us to offer our patients the convenience and value that they have come to expect from Walmart while providing the professional, personalized care of a private optometry practice. 

At EyeMax, we utilize all the latest technological advancements to provide our patients with the most thorough and efficient eye examination available.  We currently use technology in our practice that is more advanced than is often found in hospital or specialty clinic settings.  We realize the value of this advanced technology and continue to invest in the practice to stay on the cutting edge of eye care.


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  • Jan 11, 2016 - Nicholasville KY Under Construction
    Our Main Street, Nicholasville, KY Office will be under construction over the next couple days. Staff will remain on site to help address anything you may need while we update! Please stop in or call (859)881-5444. More »
  • Jan 5, 2016 - Vision Wellness in the Workplace

    Every day, employees sustain workplace related eye injuries that require the attention of an eye care professional or doctor. Safety experts and doctors believe the two most common reasons that employees sustain eye injuries is either because they fail to use anything to shield their eyes or they are using the wrong type of eye protection.

    Common Types of Eye Injuries Most frequently, eye injuries that take place in the work environment are a result of airborne particles or falling objects such as building or craft materials that can enter or cause abrasions on the eye. Chemicals, fumes and radiation can also scorch and seriously damage the sensitive eye tissues.

    Protection for your Eyes

    Your eye doctor is trained to assist you to determine potential eye dangers at your workplace and decide on the optimal sort of eye safety for you.

    Sometimes working conditions have multiple risks for eyes and finding the right eye protection needs to take all potential dangers into account.
    If you work with chemicals you should wear goggles, while if you work in a place where there are flying objects or particles, pick safety glasses that have shields along the sides too.
    Working near dangerous radiation when welding, working with lasers, or fiber optics calls for the use of special-purpose safety glasses, protective goggles with a face shield, or helmets designed just for this sort of work.

    Eye Safety with Screens

    Those who spend a large portion of their day working at the computer or using hand held devices are also at increased risk of discomfort such as blurred vision, headaches and eye strain.

    Here are some tips to avoid putting your eyes under unnecessary pressure when using hand held devices or working on a computer:

    Utilize the 20-20-20 rule which will allow your eyes periodic rest. At every 20 minute interval take a 20 second break to watch something about 20 feet in the distance. If you're using a hand-held device, increase the font size so you can use it at a distance more comfortable for your eyes.

    Also try to maintain the light intensity of your monitor to a comfortable resolution and place your monitor right under eye level to be less of a strain on your eyes. You may also want to consider purchasing computer glasses.

    If you have any further queries about vision care at your workplace, please give us a call today!

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  • Dec 22, 2015 - December and January Holiday Hours

     All EyeMax offices will be closed December 24th (Thursday), December 25th (Friday) and January 1st (Friday).  The North Park location will also be closed on December 26th. In the event of an eye emergency, please call Commonwealth Eye Surgery at 859.224.2655. We wish all of our patients very happy holidays!!

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  • Dec 8, 2015 - Fun and Safe Toys for the Holiday Season
    Holiday season is rapidly approaching and we all know what that means, Erector Sets for some, and Barbie dolls for others. Adoring parents enjoy surprising the children with the ''in'' toys to start off the New Year.
    It is crucial that parents tell relatives about the guidelines about eye safety and choosing toys. Accidents involving toys do occur, occasionally causing damaged eyes.
    What are some rules to guard kids from toy related injury?
    1. When purchasing a gift, check that it is developmentally appropriate. Do not allow little siblings to handle toys meant for older siblings.
    2. Explain to children how to use new toys and games. Before play, if possible carefully check toys for sturdy, safe construction.
    3. Watch young children while they play.
    4. Protect little eyes by discarding toy or games that have jagged or staggered edges or plastic or wooden missiles, commonly found in war-themed toys.
    Before giving in and buying the toy that your child really wants, take a few moments to read up on toy safety guidelines. Anyone who has ever watched ''A Christmas Story'' should have learned that already. Happy Holidays to all.
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  • Nov 24, 2015 - Happy Thanksgiving!
    Eyemax is so very thankful for all of our patients, and their patronage through the year! We will be closed November 26- 27, and return on Saturday November 28. If you have an ocular emergency while we are away, please call Commonwealth Eye Surgery at (859) 224-2655. We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving full of memories! More »
  • Nov 10, 2015 - Why it Might Not Be a Good Idea to Purchase Glasses Online

    Though most of us are accustomed to shopping for anything and everything online, eyeglasses are one item that needs to be cautiously reviewed prior to clicking that buy button. Why? Although online optical dealers often advertise cheap rates, the advantages of purchasing glasses at an optician far exceed the ''deals'' you might encounter through the Internet.

    A persuasive reason for buying your glasses at an eye wear store rather than online is that you have an experienced optician to help you select the proper glasses. Our opticians can assist you with the countless decisions you'll make in choosing the right glasses. In instances where you purchase through the Internet, you forgo the experienced advice of an optician.

    Because your head shape and eye shape are unique, it is rare to find the best fit for your glasses without first trying them on. An optician will note your measurements and choose eyeglasses that are a good fit and won't cause discomfort. Eyeglasses that are too small tend to cause pressure and headaches, while those that are too wide can quickly slip off your nose. Online optical boutiques may offer advice, but it is challenging to try and fit yourself.

    Even more than the comfort and alignment of your eyeglasses, great vision demands correct PD measurement. The optical focus of your lenses provides you the best vision, making it important to properly measure the pupillary distance, or PD. It can be complicated to determine your own PD, but without this measurement, your lenses won't be aligned correctly within the frames.

    Yes, Internet shopping is often good for other purchases, but in the case of eyeglasses you're best off sticking to your local optometry practice where you can get eye glasses that fit you and your lifestyle.

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  • Oct 27, 2015 - Truth or Myth: Do Carrots Improve Vision?

    Truth or Myth: Do Carrots Improve Vision?

    Can carrots really enhance your vision? While optometrists affirm that carrots are made up of large quantities of a beta-carotene that has proven to be beneficial for the eyes, ingesting large amounts of the healthy vegetable will not substitute for glasses or contact lenses.

    Beta-carotene is a carotenoid, or orange pigment that converts into vitamin A once digested in the human body. Vitamin A helps to guard the cornea, or surface of the eye and has been shown to prevent a number of eye diseases such as corneal ulcers. Vitamin A, which is composed of a number of antioxidants, protects the surface of the eye to reduce the risk of ocular infections and other infectious illnesses. Vitamin A is also known to be an effective solution for dry eyes as well as other eye disorders.

    A deficiency of vitamin A (which is be more likely in poor and developing countries) often causes night blindness, corneal ulcers and retinal damage which can lead to complete blindness.

    Two forms of vitamin A exist, which relate to the nutritional source they come from. Retinol is vitamin A that comes from an animal origin such as beef, chicken liver, or dairy products. Vitamin A that is produce-derived comes in the form of 'provitamin A' carotenoids, which convert to retinol after the food is digested. In addition to carrots, carotenoids can be found in colorful fruits and vegetables particularly those that are bright orange or green in color.

    It is proven that vitamin A contributes to the health of your eyes as well as your total health. Even though carrots can't correct vision impairments, mother was right when she said ''eat your vegetables''.

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  • Oct 13, 2015 - Identifying and Treating Some Common Eye Injuries!

    There are a number of types of eye injuries that can take place, with varying degrees of severity. Some might necessitate emergency treatment and immediate care by an eye doctor, while others can be dealt with at home. Follow this guide to routine eye injuries, to determine the next move in case of an accident. Don't forget that general preventive measures including wearing protective goggles or glasses may be the smartest way to keep your eyes healthy.

    A corneal abrasion (scratched eye) is not something to fool around with. It can lead to serious damage very quickly and potentially result in blindness. Abrasions are generally caused by a poke in the eye, or scratching the eye when there is a particle of dust or sand in it. Because a scratch can make your eye susceptible to bacterial infection it's crucial that you call your optometrist or an emergency room. The best advice for a scratched eye is to cover it loosely and to visit your eye doctor as soon as possible to inspect it. Touching the eye will only make it worse and fully covering the eye provides the perfect environment for bacteria.

    Being aware of what to do if you have been splashed in the eye by a chemical is extremely important. The first thing to do is put your face under a steady flow of barely warm water for about a quarter of an hour. Then contact your eye care practitioner or an urgent care office to see what they recommend for such injuries. Be certain to inform the doctor precisely which chemical got into your eye and what you're doing. If your eye is extremely red or blurry, go straight to your eye doctor or an urgent care office after washing it with water. Exposure to chemicals in the eye can cause a range of degrees of damage, from minor irritation to serious harm and even vision loss.

    While no one ever wants to anticipate a serious eye injury, it's suggested to be prepared with how to react in such circumstances. By being prepared you can feel confident that you'll be ready to deal with most routine eye problems. Of course, extra safety protections can help prevent this type of injuries from the get go so consult with your optometrist about preventative eye care!



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  • Sep 29, 2015 - All About Conjunctivitis

    Pink eye, also called conjunctivitis, is a common eye illness, particularly with kids. This infection can be caused by a virus, bacteria or allergies to chlorine in swimming pools, pollen, and ingredients in cosmetics, or other irritants, which come into contact with your eyes. Many forms of pink eye might be quite transmittable and quickly spread at schools and in the home.

    This kind of infection ensues when the thin transparent layer of tissue over the white part of your eye, or conjunctiva, becomes inflamed. You can identify conjunctivitis if you notice eye discharge, itching, redness or inflamed eyelids and a crusty discharge surrounding the eyes early in the day. Symptoms of pink eye may occur in one or both eyes. Conjunctivitis infections can be divided into three main sub-types: viral, allergic and bacterial conjunctivitis.

    The viral type is often caused by the same type of viruses that produce the familiar red, watery eyes, sore throat and runny nose of the common cold. The uncomfortable symptoms of the viral form of pink eye will usually be present for a week to two and like other viruses cannot be treated with medication. To ease discomfort, compresses applied to the eyes will give you some relief. Viral pink eye is transmittable until it is completely cleared up, so meanwhile, wipe away discharge and avoid using communal pillowcases or towels. If your child has viral pink eye, he or she will have to be kept home from school for three days to a week until it clears up.

    Bacterial conjunctivitis is caused by a common bacterial infection that enters the eye typically from a foreign body such as a finger, makeup or lotion. This type of pink eye is usually treated with antibiotic cream or drops. Most often you should see the symptoms disappearing after just a few days of treatment, but make sure to follow the full antibiotic prescription to stop conjunctivitis from recurring.

    Pink eye that results from allergies is not infectious or contagious. It usually occurs among individuals who already have seasonal allergies or allergies to substances such as pets or dust. The red, itchy, watery eyes may be just part of their overall allergic response. The first step in relieving conjunctivitis that is a result of allergies is to eliminate the irritant, when applicable. To ease discomfort, cool compresses and artificial tears may help. When the infection is more severe, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and antihistamines might be prescribed. When the conjunctivitis persists for a long time, steroid eye drops might be tried.

    Conjunctivitis should always be diagnosed by an experienced eye doctor to determine the cause and proper course of treatment. Don't ever treat yourself! Keep in mind the sooner you begin treatment, the lower chance you have of giving the infection to others or prolonging your discomfort.

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  • Sep 15, 2015 - What is Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)? Treatment in Lexington, KY

    Amblyopia, commonly called lazy eye is the failure for central vision to develop appropriately due to the inability of the two eyes to work together. In most occurrences of ambylopia the actual eyes are usually in good health yet visual acuity cannot be achieved by just glasses. When untreated lazy eye can result in severe visual disability, even blindness in that eye.

    Amblyopia is the most frequently diagnosed vision disorder in children. Given that it usually starts in the developmental stages of infancy, the disorder can be difficult to diagnose. The sooner a diagnosis is made and treatment begins the greater the likelihood of full vision restoration. Those that don’t begin to be treated until adolescence or adulthood frequently find that it takes longer and is less effective.

    Therefore it is important to have your child’s eyes checked early on in development. According to the AOA (American Optometric Association) children should receive a comprehensive optometric examination at the age of six months and another when the child turns three.

    Causes of Lazy Eye

    Amblyopia can be the result of a number of conditions that affect normal eye and vision development. One common cause is strabismus, a condition where the eyes are improperly aligned. Strabismus can cause the eyes to cross in (esotropia) or turn out (exotropia) and therefore aren’t able to work together. Lazy eye can also be caused by a condition where the eyes have different levels of acuity. This condition is called anisometropia. On occasion, lazy eye is caused by other eye conditions such as cataracts or some other pathological problem.

    Treatment for Lazy Eye

    Amblyopia is treated by measures to attain normal vision to both eyes. Along with the use of prescription eyeglasses or contacts, one of the most common approaches involves making the child use the eye with the reduced vision. A few treatment options exist to occlude the stronger eye and the treatment is chosen based on the individual situation and a consultation with an eye care professional.

    Frequently doctors will prescribe patching, where a patch is worn to occlude the stronger eye. The patient is then forced to use the weak eye, which promotes proper sight in the weaker eye and helps the visual system in the brain develop properly. Nevertheless this treatment greatly depends on compliance of the patient to use the patch, which can be a problem particularly in the case of children.

    Another option is the use of atropine. When applied to the good eye, atropine drops blur the vision and therefore force the patient to use the other eye.

    Other treatment options include vision therapy or orthoptics to assist the eyes to coordinate with each other and in some cases surgery to realign the eyes. Specialized contacts or other sight aides may also be employed.

    Because amblyopia is the result of a disruption in the vision process, younger patients often show more success with treatment. Still, there are many factors that are involved and therefore anyone who thinks they or their child has lazy eye should consult as soon as possible with their eye care professional. If you are in need of amblyopia consultation in Lexington, KY, be in touch to schedule an appointment. The sooner proper diagnosis and treatment are started, the sooner we can help repair your eyesight!

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  • Sep 4, 2015 - All EyeMax Locations CLOSED Labor Day
    All EyeMax Locations Will Be CLOSED Labor Day: Monday, September 7th.

    Saturday, September 5th Schedule:
    Nicholasville Rd./Man O' War: OPEN 8am to 4pm
    Main Street Nicholasville, KY: OPEN 8am to 4pm
    New Circle Road: CLOSED

    If you have an ocular emergency while we are away, please call Commonwealth Eye Surgery at (859) 224-2655.
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  • Sep 1, 2015 - Contact Lenses and Cosmetics: Do's and Don'ts from your Lexington, KY Eye Doctor

    If you wear contacts a few guidelines should be followed when using cosmetics. Below are some professional pointers on how to make sure your eyes stay beautiful and healthy.

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  • Aug 18, 2015 - Lexington, KY Vision Exams: What 20/20 Eyesight Actually Means

    Have you ever asked yourself why 20/20 is the standard for ''perfect'' eyesight and what it truly represents? 20/20 vision is a term to describe a normal level of sharpness of eyesight (visual acuity) assessed at a distance of 20 feet. In other words someone with 20/20 visual acuity will be able to see an object clearly from 20 feet away which is deemed normal to see at that distance.

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