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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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  • Apr 26, 2016 - Aging and Your Eyesight - Presbyopia

     

    Many adults experience presbyopia or an impaired ability to focus on things that are close, as they age. As people around the world are reaching older ages, more and more individuals develop the condition, which currently cannot be escaped.

    Your eye's lenses curve to focus on objects at varying distances. Some believe that as you get older, that elasticity diminishes because the natural lenses thicken. This phenomenon is called presbyopia and is defined by difficulty focusing on things at close range. This usually begins to take place around the age of 40. Sufferers often manage with the situation by holding a newspaper far away or standing at a distance from the object they are looking at. Shifting from looking at distant objects to closer ones is often strenuous for those with presbyopia. This stress might worsen the situation by causing headaches, eye strain or fatigue.

    The most popular solutions for correcting presbyopia are bifocal lenses or progressive addition lenses (PALs). A bifocal lens has two prescriptions for vision, the upper portion is for distance vision and a second, lower portion for seeing things that are close by. Progressive lenses are similar to bifocals, however the transitions between the two prescriptions are more gradual and have no clear distinction between them. Users can more easily adjust visual focus, as they would with standard sight. An alternative would be reading glasses which are usually worn just when needed as opposed to all day.

    If contact lenses are preferred over glasses, you might want to consider multifocal contacts. It may take a while to decide upon the best method and type of contacts due to the fact that different prescriptions can affect your comfort or distance vision.

    There are also surgical options available that may be worth discussing with your eye doctor. Many people are most successful combining treatments for presbyopia. Additionally, because presbyopia will continue to get worse as you get older, you will probably be required to continually adjust the strength of your prescription. The positive news is, there is quite a bit of research being done to identify more and perhaps more permanent solutions for the growing number of people dealing with presbyopia.

    Seeing signs of presbyopia? Call for a check up with your Lexington, KY optometrist. Improved vision is just a phone call away!

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  • Apr 12, 2016 - Why We All Should Book a Routine Eye Examination!
    For those of us who have eyes that are in good condition, it's normal to overlook the importance of a routine eye examination. Nevertheless, timely detection of eye disease is critical to keeping your eyes healthy. This can easily be done with a simple eye exam.

    Many optical problems have no obvious signs. Therefore, individuals are often unaware that problems exist. You can book a complete optical examination at our Lexington office, with our highly-trained optometric team. Our Lexington vision center employs the latest equipment ensuring a complete examination.

    Glaucoma affects more than three million Americans proving to be the number one cause of vision loss. Glaucoma is sometimes nicknamed ''the sneak thief of sight'' because it can impair vision absent of forewarning. Most adults in America don't use eye glasses or contacts and don't get regular eye exams, thus leaving their eyes at substantial danger.

    Even worse, many Americans lack knowledge about the facts about glaucoma. In a recent survey, the American Optometric Association found that well over half of Americans believe glaucoma can be prevented. In truth the disease cannot be prevented, though it is treatable if recognized during the beginning phases, making early detection much more crucial. Early detection is also critical for halting the devastating effects of additional diseases such as macular degeneration or cataracts.

    Regular eye and vision examinations to screen for eye disease should be on your to-do list. Be sure to schedule regular eye exams with your local eye doctor in order to maintain healthy eyes for many long years.
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  • Mar 29, 2016 - Cleaning Your Contacts

    Users of contact lenses must practice proper eye care. Research conducted by Bausch & Lomb determined that an alarming number of adults are using strange substances rather than lens solution to clean their lenses. Products such as baby oil, beer, coke, petroleum jelly, fruit juices, butter as well as others were all mentioned as substitutions that were used, by one eighth of the two thousand adults polled in the survey conducted in the UK.

    Even more of those queried reported that they use saliva when inserting their contacts. Considering that the mouth of the average adult is known to be the home of 500 to 650 varieties of germs, this can pose a serious health risk to your eyes. To worsen the situation, an alarming number of people presume that water from a tap or bottle is a suitable replacement for contact solution, nevertheless even those can contain parasites that can damage the eye and have been associated with Acanthamoeba keratitis, an infection that threatens your eyesight. Even moreso, if water enters your eyes when swimming or bathing while your contacts are in, it's a good idea to remove your contacts as soon as you can and thoroughly rinse them to rinse away any parasites that may have stuck to them.

    The only liquid that should be used to wash, cleanse, moisten or store your contacts is approved contact solution. It's dangerous to keep your lenses in water! Keeping contacts in water does not sterilize them and dangerous pathogens can gather on your contacts within minutes and enter your eyes with the contacts. In addition, contact lens solution is made to compliment the saltiness of the tear film in your eyes and conversely water can cause discomfort or blurred vision because your lenses may stick or change shape.

    When proper storage or cleansing is difficult for you, consider using one-use contacts instead of resusable lenses. You should always take age, daily routine and level of maturity into consideration when determining which contact lens options are best for the members of your family.

    Don't forget failure to properly care for your contacts with approved lens solution can cause serious harm or even complete vision loss.

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  • Mar 15, 2016 - Focusing on Astigmatism

    The cornea surrounding your iris and pupil is, under normal conditions, spherical. When light hits your eye from all angles, part of the role of your cornea is to focus that light, aiming it to the retina, in the back of your eye. But what is the result if the cornea is not perfectly round? The eye is not able to focus the light properly on one focal point on your retina's surface, and vision becomes blurred. This is called astigmatism.

    Astigmatism is a fairly common diagnosis, and mostly comes with other refractive issues that require vision correction. Astigmatism often appears during childhood and can cause eye strain, painful headaches and squinting when untreated. With children, it can cause difficulty in the classroom, especially when it comes to highly visual skills such as reading or writing. Anyone who works with fine details or at a computer for extended periods may find that the condition can be a problem.

    Astigmatism can be preliminarily diagnosed by a routine eye exam with an eye care professional and then fully diagnosed with an automated refraction or a retinoscopy test, which checks the amount of astigmatism. Astigmatism is commonly corrected by contact lenses or glasses, for those who prefer a non-invasive procedure, or refractive surgery, which alters the flow of light onto the retina to readjust the focal point.

    With contact lenses, the patient is usually given toric lenses, which allow the light to curve more in one direction than another. Regular contacts have a tendency to move when you close your eyes, even just to blink. With astigmatism, the most subtle eye movement can cause blurred vision. Toric lenses return to the same position right after you blink. Toric lenses can be found as soft or rigid varieties, to be chosen depending on what is more comfortable for you.

    Astigmatism can also be rectified by laser surgery, or by orthokeratology (Ortho-K), a non-surgical procedure that involves the use of rigid contacts to slowly reshape the cornea during the night. It's advisable to explore your options with your optometrist in order to decide what your best choice might be.

    Astigmatism can get better or worse over time, so be sure that you're periodically making appointments to see your optometrist for a comprehensive exam. Additionally, make sure you have your children's eyes checked before they begin school. Most of your child's schooling (and playing) is largely a function of their vision. You'll allow your child make the best of his or her schooling with a full eye exam, which will help pick up any visual irregularities before they affect academics, sports, or other activities.

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  • Mar 1, 2016 - Keeping An Eye On Poor Vision

    A decline in strong vision is usually due to a few factors including changes in the body or irregularities in the eye or visual system, eye diseases, side effects caused by medication or injury. Lots of people also suffer from visual abnormalities associated with age or eye stress. This can lead to changes in your eyesight, which can sometimes cause discomfort and even make it harder to perform daily activities such as reading fine print or working on a computer for extended periods of time. Common signs and symptoms of these types of vision problems include blurry vision, headaches, eye strain, and problems seeing at close and far distances.

    Blurred vision is one of the most oft-reported signs of a vision problem. If you report blurred vision when you are focusing on faraway objects, you may very well have myopia, or be nearsighted. Blurred vision that's present when you are looking at objects nearby may be a sign of hyperopia, or farsightedness. It can also be a sign of astigmatism due to a flaw in the shape of the cornea, or sometimes the curvature of the lens inside the eye. No matter the reason you have blurry vision, it's essential that an optometrist examine your eyes and decide on the best way to rectify your sight.

    A sudden onset of flashes of light, often combined with black floating spots and what may feel like a dark curtain blocking a portion of your vision indicates the chance of what's known as a retinal detachment. If this is the case, see your eye doctor promptly, as it can have long-term consequences.

    Another sign of a vision problem is trouble distinguishing shades or strength of color. This generally means the patient has a color perception problem, or color blindness. Interestingly, this condition is often unknown to the patient until proven with a test. Color blindness is mainly something that affects males. If a woman has problems seeing color it could represent ocular disease, in which case, an eye doctor needs to be consulted. For people who struggle to distinguish between objects in dim light, it is a sign of possible night blindness.

    A condition frequently seen in aging people is cataracts, which can have several indicating signs including: unclear vision that is worse in bright light, weak night vision, trouble discerning small writing or objects, colors that appear faded or yellowed, improvement in near vision while distance vision worsens, painful inflammation around the eye, and an opaque white look to the normally dark pupil.

    Pulsing pain in the eye, headaches, unclear vision, redness in the eye, rainbow halos around lights, nausea and vomiting are indicators of glaucoma, a serious medical condition, which requires immediate medical attention.

    With younger patients, it is important to look out for uncoordinated eye movement, or eyes that cross in or out, which may indicate a condition known as strabismus. Specific behavior in children, like rubbing eyes frequently, squinting, head tilting, or the need to close one eye in order to focus better, often indicate this issue.

    Even though some conditions may be more severe than others, any disruption to good sight will be a burden, and impact your quality of life. A quick visit to your optometrist can prevent unnecessary discomfort, not to mention further eye and vision problems.

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  • Feb 16, 2016 - Dry, Burning Eyes? Could Be Dry Eye Syndrome

    Dry eye syndrome is common in the cold season as a result of cold and dry air conditions.
    Tears are an essential element of eye health. Tears rinse the eye of any dust or particles and keep the eyes moist and comfortable. They also contain enzymes that protect the eyes from microorganisms that can be found in the eye.
    When the eyes lack sufficient tears, the results are often discomfort such as persistent dryness, burning, scratchiness or the feeling of something in your eye. Ironically, sometimes dry eyes cause eyes to water excessively as the eyes try to compensate for inadequate tearing.
    There are several causes of dry eye syndrome. Dry eyes are often age related as most individuals that suffer from dry eyes are adults, and often women during menopause. Dry eye syndrome can also be a side effect of several medicines including diuretics, antidepressants, birth control pills among others. Dry or dusty air, and dry heat or air circulation are also known causes. In addition, some diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or others, excessive computer use or use of contact lenses can add to the chances of dry eye syndrome.
    The first treatment option is typically lubricating eye drops which work by putting moisture back into the eye. It’s a good idea to consult with your eye doctor to make sure you are using the right eye drops in the right way. If over the counter options don’t help your doctor might prescribe Rx drops that help your body to produce more tears.
    For more serious cases, your eye doctor might suggest Lacrisert, an insert placed inside the eyelid that periodically lets out lubricants at various intervals. Another option might be lacrimal plugs which help the eye stay lubricated by reducing the let down of tears. Some eye care professionals will suggest you try dietary or environmental adjustments to relieve the symptoms as well.
    In the majority of cases, dry eye syndrome will not affect your eyes permanently but can be an annoyance. Nevertheless, very serious cases increase the risk of infection so it is a good idea to consult with your optometrist.
    Especially in the winter, it would help to try to defend your eyes from dry, cold winds and dust. Wearing sunglasses when outside, and trying out a humidifier indoors to combat dry heat may be helpful.
    You don’t have to suffer from dry, itchy, burning eyes - contact your optometrist as soon as possible!

     

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  • Feb 2, 2016 - What is Color Blindness?

    Color blindness is commonly an innate disability which impairs one's ability to differentiate between color tones. Color blindness is a result of damage to the cones in the eye's retina, typically damaging a person's power to distinguish between varieties of red or green, but occasionally affecting the perception of other colors also.

    The perception of color is dependent upon the cones located in the eye. Humans are generally born with three kinds of pigmented cones, each of which perceives different wavelengths of color. With colors, the size of the wave is directly related to the perceived color tone. Short waves are perceived as blues, medium-length waves produce green tones and longer waves produce red tones. Which type of cone is involved has an impact on the spectrum and severity of the color deficiency.
    Green-red color vision problems are more common among men than in women because the genetic encoding is linked to gender and recessive.

    Color blindness is not a debilitating condition, but it can hinder learning and development and work performance. The inability to see colors as friends do could negatively impact a student's self-confidence. For working people, color blindness could become a disadvantage when running against peers in certain fields.
    There are many tests for the condition. The most widely used is the Ishihara color test, named after its inventor. For this test a patient views a plate with a group of dots in a circle in various colors and sizes. Within the circle one with proper color vision can see a number in a particular tint. The patient's capability to see the digit inside the dots of clashing shades determines the level of red-green color vision.

    While genetic color blindness can't be corrected, there are a few options that can assist to improve the situation. Some people find that using colored lenses or anti-glare glasses can help to see the differences between colors. More and more, computer programs are on the market for common PCs and even for smaller devices that can help users enhance color distinction depending upon their specific diagnosis. There is also interesting research being conducted in gene therapy to enhance the ability to distinguish colors.

    How much color blindness limits a person is dependent upon the variant and severity of the condition. Some patients can adapt to their deficiency by familiarizing themselves with alternative cues for colored objects or signs. For example, one can familiarize oneself with the shape of stop signs in place of recognizing red, or contrast items with paradigms like a blue body of water or green grass.

    If you suspect that you or your child might have a color vision deficiency it's recommended to see an eye doctor. The sooner you are aware of a problem, the sooner you can help. Feel free to call our Lexington, KY optometrists for information about scheduling an exam.

     

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  • Jan 19, 2016 - A Guide to Proper Contact Lens Care
    Contact lens wearers need to be careful to care for their contacts properly. Improper care can lead to ripped or torn contacts, or even worse, eye infections or abrasions, which rarely but sometimes results in vision loss. People of all ages that are not capable of properly taking care of their contacts probably want to consider an alternate form of vision correction. Don't worry, though...taking care of your contacts is simpler than it may seem. With one-bottle treatments and disposable contacts, taking care of your lenses is less expensive, requires less time and involves less effort than in the past. However, there are several necessary guidelines to keep in mind.

    Firstly, it is suggested that you consult with your eye doctor to receive personalized recommendations. In addition, it's important that you don't change care regimens without checking with your optometrist first. Some products can react with each other or with specific lenses and can damage your eyes. Our clinic staff can help you decide the correct treatment for your contact lenses.

    Proper lens maintenance necessitates cleaning and disinfecting your contacts daily. Make sure to do this immediately after you take out your lenses. Not only will clean contacts ensure that your eyes will be safer, your lenses will feel better. Don't touch solution bottle openings to any area including your eye since it can dirty the solution. Try to avoid getting tap water on your contacts, including rinsing your lens container, as it often carries a microorganism that can cause severe eye infections. And of course, remember to dispose of your lenses when their time is up to reduce the likelihood of infection.

    It's true that there may be an array of products out there, but with a little planning you can care for your lenses with ease, ensuring healthier eyes and clearer vision!


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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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Insurance

We are participating providers with most major medical insurance and vision insurance plans including:

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.