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This May is Ultraviolet Awareness Month

All EyeMax Locations will be CLOSED Friday, January 1st.  Have a Safe and Happy New Year!

For ocular emergencies during this time, call Commonwealth Eye Surgery at (859)224-2655.Happy New Year Colorful

All EyeMax locations will be CLOSED Thursday 12/24 thru Sunday 12/27. If you have an ocular emergency during this time, please call Commonwealth Eye Surgery at (859)224-2655. Have a Safe and Happy Holiday!!

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EyeMax is so grateful for all our wonderful patients and the opportunity you have given us to care for your eyes this year!

Providing excellent care and convenience to our patients is a top priority for EyeMax. That's one of the reasons we have chosen to build our practice inside Walmart- you're just a step or two away from ordering glasses and contacts in the Vision Center.

We also understand that many of our patients prefer ordering online, so we've implemented a new program to make that process even easier! EyeMax has partnered with Dr. Contact Lens (https://portal.drcontactlens.com/) to provide a location where our patients can access their prescription at any time, and order contacts with just a few clicks. Once your prescription is finalized, it will be uploaded to the secure website where it will be accessible to you through text or email. All our patients with a current prescription will be have access to this resource. If you have insurance benefits that you need to use, we may be able to help you apply these benefits as well.

We hope this change makes your life just a little bit easier. Something we can all use in 2020! Please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 859-272-1422 if you have any questions. We’re happy to help!

EyeMax is offering telehealth appointments! Patients that are unable to come in the office can now take advantages of our telehealth services. These are the steps that will take place in scheduling a telehealth apt.
1. Patient will call the office to schedule a telehealth apt time and date
2. EyeMax will send you a link to your email
3. At the appointment time patient will click on the link
4. Once the patient clicks on the link The telehealth appointment with your Doctor will Start!

This May is Ultraviolet Awareness Month

Thanks to education to increase knowledge of the hazards of Ultraviolet (UV) radiation to your skin, (particularly sunburn and skin cancer), most are aware of the need for lying UV blocking sunscreen and using other protective measures particularly during the blazing summer months. But did you know that UV and other harmful types of radiation from the sun also pose a threat to your eyes? If you often go out without proper eye protection, reconsider. Frequent absorption of the sun's UV light has been seen to be a cause of damage to the eye.

UV Eye Damage

Excessive short term exposure to UV can cause photokeratitis or a 'sunburn on the eye', leading to pain, blurred vision or even temporary vision loss. In the long run, UV exposure can cause more threatening eye diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and others, which can be a threat to vision. Those who use welding machines, tanning beds and lasers are also at increased risk of exposure to UV radiation.

How to Choose Protective Sunglasses

For proper ultraviolet defense, sunglasses should completely block all UV rays. Stick with shades that specify they are 'UV 400', which indicates that they block all light rays with wavelengths up to 400 nanometers (which includes both UVA and UVB rays, both known to enter the atmosphere).

The size of your sunglasses is also important. Sunglasses with side protection can prevent harmful ultraviolet rays from entering from the sides and back of the frame. People whose work or recreation involves extensive exposure to sunlight are at the most risk for damage to their eyes.

Ultraviolet radiation can be reflected from bright areas such as snow, water, and white sand and poses the most risk from 10 am to 3 pm and throughout the summer. UV radiation levels increase as you get closer to the equator and at high altitudes.

Every individual should consult with an optometrist and to be aware of the risks for UV exposure. Simply putting on your sunglasses can make a world of difference for your precious eyes.