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 theand 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. 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.
- Dec 9, 2014 - Winter Eye Care Tips... It's Time for Sunglasses
Yep, that's correct. Sunglasses are not just an essential accessory in the sunny season. While most people are aware of the damage the sun poses to our eyes during the summer, we don't all realize that it is essential to take extra care in the winter months as well.
In truth, those ultraviolet rays that beat down on you in the summer months still exist in the winter. And they could be a threat to your eyes, especially when bounced off a bright snow-covered ground. Those of you who enjoy get-aways that involve snow-based activities should be especially cautious if you plan to spend an extended amount of time in the intense reflected sunlight which can be harmful to the eye. It's very important to guard your eyes from harmful UV rays.
So what's the best way to guard your eyes in the winter months? Optometrists recommend using sunglasses with strong UV protection, so ensure that you purchase a durable pair of sunglasses that is suitable for all year round. Select a pair that is fitting and totally shields your eyes.
Our professionals can assist you to ensure you're getting sunglasses that will suit your needs. In addition, there are many different lenses available and we are here to help you select the combination that is suitable for your lifestyle. Don't forget about your eyes on the slopes either. The right pair of ski goggles having polycarbonate lenses can help defend your eyes from renegade branches, reckless ski pole tips and other slope dangers.
This winter make sure you sport your shades... your eyes will feel the difference.More »
- Nov 25, 2014 - Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving From Eyemax!
The Holiday Schedule for all locations is as follows:
WEDNESDAY 11/26/2014: Open 9am - 5pm (All Locations)
THURSDAY 11/27/2014: Closed
FRIDAY 11/28/2014: Closed
SATURDAY 11/29/2014: Open
8am-4pm Nicholasville Rd./Man O' War + Nicholasville, KY
Closed North ParkWe hope everyone has a Safe & Happy holiday weekend! More »
- Nov 13, 2014 - New News Item
EyeMax Nicholasville, KY CLOSED 11/13/2014 More »
- Nov 11, 2014 - November is National Diabetes Month
Are you aware that diabetes is the dominant precursor to impaired sight among men and women between age twenty and seventy-four? If not, you are not alone. Since 2008, over four million adults in North America afflicted with diabetes were subsequently diagnosed with blindness caused by diabetes. Out of those tested, 70,000 suffered from severe diabetic retinopathy, which can result in a serious blindness.
While not every individual is at risk of diabetic retinopathy, it is good to understand the relation between the disease and loss of sight.
To start, those living with diabetes are at risk. The best way to learn if you have diabetic retinopathy is to have your eye doctor perform an eye exam regularly. The longer the disease goes undiagnosed, the stronger the danger of diabetes related blindness. Timely treatment is necessary to halting further deterioration.
Pregnant women that have been afflicted with pregnancy-related diabetes have a better possibility of contracting diabetic retinopathy. It is important to have a complete dilated eye exam after diagnosis as well.
You may be curious as to why all the worry? Wouldn't you notice blindness?
The answer surprisingly is no. There are different forms of diabetic retinopathy, and only those in the severe stages are obvious. Progressive diabetes may have no symptoms. Macular edema is another diabetes caused disease which results in severe vision deterioration. Both afflictions can manifest without obvious symptoms. This is a reason that early discovery is central to halting any lasting injury.
A thorough assessment will check for signs of diabetic retinopathy. There are various phases to this exam which will show the standard clues, such as leaky blood vessels, swelling of the retina, the presence of fatty deposits on the retina, and damaged nerve tissue. Want to know what are the steps in a complete vision exam?
The eye doctor will perform a visual acuity exam by means of an eye chart that is used to measure how correctly you are able to see at different distances. This is just like the visual acuity examinations given by your eye doctor, if you need corrective lenses.
While giving a dilated eye exam, the eye doctor puts drops in your eyes to exaggerate your pupils. It may not be a favorite of most patients, but it can stop blindness in subsequent years. This measure makes it possible to check a larger part of the inside of your eyes to look for distinct signs that imply the likelihood of diabetic retinopathy. The fleeting discomfort will probably save your vision.
Regularly monitor your sight. Even a little hesitation can lead to irreversible loss. If you have been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, it is necessary to book a vision examination with an optometrist without further delay.
- Oct 28, 2014 - This Halloween Watch Out for Decorative Lenses
Halloween is a time for getting out and getting dressed up but you wouldn't want the fun to lead to some frightening damage to your eyes.
Over the past few years, special effect contact lenses have become a popular accessory for costumes especially with teenagers and young adults and this is alarming optometrists. Contact lenses are a governmentally regulated medical device. It is against federal law to sell contact lenses without a license which is applicable to most outlets where costumes and party goods are sold, however the laws are not adhered to. Lens manufacturers operating without a license may use subpar plastics or even dangerous coloring elements to color the lenses. Additionally, using contacts without adequate instruction and handling, can result in critical eye damage or even vision loss.
For those who do wish to wear cosmetic lenses, it is necessary to schedule an exam with a licensed eye care professional. After a contact lens evaluation and eye exam, the optometrist will be able to recommend a lens that fits well and is safe for your eyes. The practitioner will also provide vital guidance on proper handling and cleaning of the lenses.
Despite the fact that many people incorrectly consider vanity lenses as just another cosmetic item, uneducated use of lenses can cause significant danger to your eyes and vision. Nothing should ever be applied on or near the eye without proper professional consultation.
Never buy lenses from any place that is not a licensed seller that you can be sure sells products approved by the FDA. Even non-corrective lenses must adhere to health regulations and need a prescription. Beware of websites, flea markets or beauty supply stores that may carry homemade contacts colored with dangerous dyes. To determine if the retailer has a license to sell contact lenses request their state license number and call the state Department of Professional Regulations (DPR) to check.
If your Halloween disguise just won't be the same without decorative lenses, consult with your local eye care professional before making any purchase. Don't let Halloween be a "scary" night for your eyes. Be knowledgable about the dangers unregulated contact use can be to your eyes.
- Sep 30, 2014 - Fall Ocular Allergy Treatment in Lexington, KY
Although many correlate seasonal allergies with the arrival of spring, a large number of individuals suffer during the fall as well. In addition to sneezing and a stuffy or runny nose, symptoms that affect the eyes can be the greatest causes of discomfort.
When suffering from allergies, the eyes can become itchy, swollen, and irritated and often sting or tear. Vision can often be affected as well by blurriness or sensitivity to light. These symptoms can be so debilitating for those affected that they prohibit an individual's ability to perform in all aspects of everyday life - from work to play.
When an individual with allergies comes into contact with an allergen he or she has a sensitivity to, the immune response is to release histamines to defend against the ''intruder''. This hypersensitive immune response results in the symptoms we all know such as sneezing, couching and congestion as well as those related to the eyes.
For contact lens wearers eye allergies are frequently exacerbated because contact lenses can often attract pollen. Further, we tend to rub itchy eyes, which can cause even more discomfort for lens wearers. Lens wearers experiencing eye allergies often find themselves using wetting drops frequently or even limiting the use of their contacts or switching to eyeglasses. If you wear contacts and experience eye allergies, it could help you to try switching brands, particularly to single use, daily disposables which minimize the likelihood of pollen accumulation. You don't have to suffer from your contacts!
For anyone suffering here are some ways to reduce exposure and symptoms of autumn eye allergies:
- Avoid outdoor activities during midday and early evening when the pollen count is highest.
- Wear big sunglasses to help block allergens from entering your eyes.
- Use a clothes dryer rather than hanging clothing out to dry whenever possible.
- Clean floors with a damp mop rather than sweeping which can often stir up rather than clean away allergens.
- Use chilled artificial tears or use cool compresses for extra soothing.
- Clean areas prone to mold frequently with a bleach solution.
If over the counter medications are not helping a prescription medication may be more effective. In this case, make a visit to your eye care professional now to talk about your options and begin proper treatment. Our Lexington, KY optometry office is here to assist your eyes feel their best despite allergy season!More »
- Sep 16, 2014 - Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) Treatment in Lexington, KY
According to the American Optometric Association more than 70 percent of workers that work daily from a computer screen (which is over 140 million people) experience computer vision syndrome or eye strain. Excessive computer use can cause eye strain and impact eyesight in children as well as adults. Anyone that works over two hours on a daily basis on the computer is at risk of some degree of CVS.
Signs of Computer Eye Strain
Signs of Computer Vision Syndrome include vision difficulties such as dry eyes, blurriness, lack of focus or double vision and muscular discomfort such as headaches, neck pain and tired eyes. If you notice any of these symptoms you may be suffering from Computer Vision Syndrome.
What Are The Causes of CVS?
Computer eye fatigue and CVS are caused by the need for our visual systems to compensate for viewing characters on a computer screen in a different way than they do for printed letters. While our visual systems are used to focusing on printed content that has dense black characters with sharp edges, they have more difficulty with letters on a computer screen that don't have the same degree of clarity and definition.
Letters on a screen are composed of combinations of tiny points of light (pixels), which are most luminous at the middle and lower in brightness as they move outward. This makes it harder for our eyes to maintain focus on these characters. Instead, our eyes are inclined to drift to a lower level of focusing called the ''resting point of accommodation'' or RPA.
Our eyes involuntarily move to the resting point of accommodation and then have to make a great effort to regain focus on the text. Such continual strain on the eye muscles to focus results in the fatigue and eye strain that often are present with extended use of a computer or digital device. CVS isn't only an issue for computer users. It's important to note that other digital devices such as mobile phones or tablets can cause similar eye fatigue that can be in some cases even worse. Because mobile screens are smaller in addition to pixilated the eyes have to put even more effort into reading the text.
CVS can negatively affect your productivity so if you are experiencing discomfort it is worthwhile to see an optometrist sooner than later.
During an exam, your eye doctor will check to see if you have any particular vision issues that could worsen CVS. Depending on the outcome of the exam, your doctor may prescribe ophthalmic computer glasses to reduce discomfort at your screen. Additionally, you should strongly think about getting an anti-reflective coating for computer eyeglasses. Such a coating reduces reflections on the front and back surfaces of the lenses that cause glare and affect your ability to focus on images on your screen.
Alternative Treatments for CVS
Visual Ergonomics, or physical changes to your computer work environment to reduce strains in vision or posture, can help relieve some of the discomfort of computer related eye strain. A well lit work area and taking periodic breaks from staring at the screen can cause some relief. Nevertheless, since ergonomics alone cannot solve a visual problem, using prescription computer eyeglasses is also a must.
If you think you are suffering or at risk of CVS, contact our Lexington, KY optometric practice.More »
- Sep 2, 2014 - September marks Home and Sports Eye Safety Month!
As September marks Home and Sports Eye Safety Month, this post will focus on ways to keep your home safe for your eyes specifically in choosing toys that are safe for your children's eyes. Don't wait until it's too late to make sure your house doesn't pose any series dangers to your children's eyes.
In general, babies enter the world with an underdeveloped visual structure that grows as they get mature. As part of standard baby vision development, newborns can view objects only very close. A youngster's visual structure is constantly stimulated as he matures. Toys can be one of the easiest ways to stimulate children's vision. Nevertheless, it's important to remember that a large number of childhood mishaps occur in the house, many with toys.
What's the best way to avoid accidents? There are several precautions you can take when selecting toys for the home that are safe for your child's eyes.
First off, be sure toys with long handles - such as a pony stick- have rounded edges, and prohibit or monitor young children carefully if they are handling them. While blocks pose little danger for children of all ages, it's good to make sure the corners are blunted, in order to avoid eye or other bodily damage. It's a good idea to stay away from toys that shoot objects in the air, such as slingshots or dart guns. If you can't eliminate them altogether, then use of these toys should be monitored by a responsible grown-up. When allowing older children to play with a chemistry set or woodworking tools, make sure he or she wears protective glasses.
Is there anything else that can pose a problem in the home environment? Toys are actually just the beginning. As a parent, it's your task to go through your home and make sure there's nothing that could endanger your child's eyes. One of the most common threats is hazardous materials that haven't been locked up properly. If a child can access these chemicals their eyes are at great risk.
Although it's true that games and toys for children may not always be totally harmless, there are many wonderful playthings that can contribute to a child's eyesight. There are a number of age-appropriate toys for children that offer terrific ways to grow optical development. When buying toys for children, look for those that emphasize hand-eye coordination and will help youngsters to understand spatial relationships. It can also be a good idea to look on the Internet before making a purchase. Then you can do your best to make sure your purchase will protect your children and will enrich their optical development at the same time!More »
- Aug 28, 2014 - Labor Day Holiday
EyeMax Friends & Family,More »
All Office Locations Will Be Closed Monday September 1st, in Observance of the Holiday. Our Nicholasville Road and Nicholasville, KY Locations Will Be Open Saturday August 30th with Regular Hours Resuming Tuesday September 2nd. If You Have An Ocular Emergency Over The Weekend, Please Call Commonwealth Eye Surgery at (859)224-2655. Have a Wonderful Weekend! -The EyeMax Family
- Aug 19, 2014 - A Guide to Caring for Contact Lenses
Contact lenses require proper treatment and care in order to be a safe and feasible choice for those selecting a vision aid. Improper care can lead to damaged lenses, or or even serious eye infections or scratches, which on occasion can lead to blindness. People of all ages that are not capable of properly taking care of their contact lenses may want to seek an alternate form of corrective eye wear.
Not to worry, though... taking care of your lenses is easier than ever. With all-in-one solutions and disposable contacts, tending to your lenses is cheaper, takes less time and involves less effort than in the past. However, there are some essential guidelines to keep in mind.
First of all it is advised to consult with your optician to receive individualized advice. Additionally, it's important that you don't switch your care routine without checking with your eye doctor first. Certain products are not compatible with each other or with specific lenses and can damage your eyes. Our experienced staff can help you determine the right treatment for your contact lenses.
Proper lens care requires cleaning and disinfecting your lenses daily. Make sure to rinse your hands with soap and water prior to touching your contact lenses. Your eyes can be one of the quickest places for harmful bacteria to reach your body. Further, don't make the common mistake of using saline solution for cleaning or disinfecting your lenses. This is only suitable for rinsing and storing soft contacts. You should also be careful to disinfect your lens case with all-in-one solution after each use and to let it air out between uses. Professionals recommend that you replace your case at least four times a year.
It's true that there may be an assortment of lens care options, but with a little planning you can be sure you are caring for your lenses properly, guaranteeing healthier eyes and clearer vision!More »
- Aug 5, 2014 - Add Eye Exams to Your Back to School Routine: Lexington Kids' Eye Exams
It's that time of year again, when the days begin to get shorter, the weather slightly cooler, and children everywhere return to school. Now's the time to make sure your kids' eyesight is okay. Healthy eyesight is critical to the learning processes and a child's accomplishments in the classroom. There are many activities that demand optical skills, such as reading, writing and computer work, which children are expected to perform everyday. Despite the strong correlation between vision and learning, many parents miscalculate the occurrence of children affected by eye and vision problems.
A good number of the problems a child suffers from in the classroom can be the result of sight problems. The percentage of students who have undiagnosed problems with eyesight is exceedingly high. Studies demonstrate that 60 percent of students classified as "problem learners" actually have undiagnosed vision troubles. You can avoid childhood trauma if you make it a priority to ensure your child's vision is up to par.
Don't push off your child's first eye exam until kindergarten. Your child's doctor should do a dilated eye check-up to identify any major eye problems within the first two months of life. It's critical to uncover any issues right away, since children are usually more responsive to treatment when diagnosed early. Furthermore as a parent, it's important to see whether your child enjoys reading. Generally, kindergarteners are excited to look at books and attempt to read. Children that avoid books or reading may be experiencing a vision problem. Before you jump to any conclusions, it's a good idea to get a vision screening. For an eye exam for your child in Lexington, KY, call us to schedule an appointment.
Keep in mind that the earlier a vision problem is detected and taken care of, the greater the chances for successful treatment. And vision is an essential component for school work. If a child's eyesight is limited, growing visual requirements such as finer print in books or more homework can considerably change a student's performance. At the same time new technological advances in the classroom, such as the use of interactive whiteboards, can also potentially make less obvious vision problems worse. A student with poor vision will be affected both at school, and emotionally and physically. Before school starts this year, make sure your child's vision is on par! Contact us for a Lexington, KY eye exam today.More »
- Jul 24, 2014 - Identifying and Treating Some Common Eye Injuries
How to Identify & Treat Some of The Most Common Eye Injuries More »
- Jul 15, 2014 - Why We All Should Book a Routine Eye Examination
- Jul 3, 2014 - Independence Day Schedule
July 4th Office Schedule More »
- May 2, 2014 - May is....
Healthy Vision Month, National Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month, National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, National Stroke Awareness Month, Older Americans Month, and National Sight-Saving Month. More »
- May 1, 2014 - Office Availability Update
EyeMax Has Updated Hours of Availability! More »
- May 1, 2014 - CALLING ALL CENTRAL KY TEACHERS!
New Vision Insurance For Central Kentucky Teachers More »
- Jan 17, 2014 - Man O' War/Nicholasville Rd. Location Remodel
We Are Updating Our Office on Man O' War/Nicholasville Rd. in Lexington, KY January 23th-26th!More »
Normal business hours will resume Monday January 27th: 9am to 7pm
- Dec 21, 2013 - EyeMax 2013 Holiday Schedule
Happy Holidays from The EyeMax Family! More »
- Dec 11, 2013 - Spend Your Flex Spending Account Credits Before You Lose Them!
- Nov 14, 2013 - SPOT is HERE!
SPOT is the newest instrument available for testing refractive errors, pupil size, pupil distance and eye alignment! More »
- Jul 3, 2013 - July 4th Schedule
EyeMax locations will be closed Thursday, July 4th in observance of the holiday.
If you have an ocular emergency during that time, please call Commonwealth Eye
Surgery at (859)224-2655.
Regular office hours will resume on Friday, July 5th at 9am.
We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday! More »
- Jul 3, 2013 - July 4th Safety Tips
The 4th of July brings to mind visions of parades, cookouts, and, of course, fireworks. Fireworks and celebrations just seem to go together, especially on the 4th of July. Unfortunately, every 4th of July also sees about 11,000 individuals go to the emergency room for fireworks related injuries with 18 percent of those injuries involving the eye. In fact, eye injury is second only to burns when it comes to injury from fireworks. Of the 18 percent, sky rockets or bottle rockets account for 15 percent of eye injuries related to fireworks on the 4th of July.More »
- Jun 12, 2013 - June is....
Vision Research Month
National Safety Month More »
- Jun 12, 2013 - Northpark Office Availability
EyeMax, Inc. would like to welcome Dr. Harold Clif Gregory to our optometry team!
- May 24, 2013 - Office Hours: Memorial Day
EyeMax, Inc. will be closed May 27, 2013 in observance of Memorial Day. All locations will be open during normal business hours Saturday May 25, 2013 and we will resume regular schedule Tuesday May 28, 2013.For Any Ocular Emergencies During That Time,Please Call: Commonwealth Eye Surgery @ (859)224-2655
- Feb 16, 2013 - New Saturday Availability
EyeMax is happy to announce our North Park location will now have weekend appointments! More »
- Oct 11, 2012 - World Sight Day 2012
Happy World Sight Day!
Q: What is it?More »
A; The international day of awareness for the global issue of avoidable blindness & visual impairment.
- Sep 10, 2012 - EyeMax Nicholasville, KY is Remodeling!
EyeMax is Updating Our Office on Main Street in Nicholasville, KY September 13th-15th!
We are participating providers with most major medical insurance and vision insurance plans including:
- Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Blue Grass Family Health
- United Medical Resources
- Davis Vision
If your insurance company is not listed here, we will gladly call to check your insurance coverage. If we are out of network with your policy, we will give you any paperwork necessary to file an out of network claim.