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All About Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

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ALL EyeMax Locations will be CLOSED Thursday 2/18 due to more inclement weather. Who’s ready for spring?!! WE ARE! 😭 Please stay safe at home & stay tuned for additional updates here and www.eyemaxeyes.com 👀🥶

For any ocular emergencies during this time, call Commonwealth Eye Surgery at (859)224-2655.

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ALL EyeMax Locations will be CLOSED Tuesday 2/16 due to inclement weather. Stay safe at home & stay tuned for additional updates here and Facebook!  👀🥶

DFB2719E A54F 4015 9241 A1C72DF64128Due to inclement weather conditions forecasted for tomorrow and for the safety of our staff and patients, EyeMax will be closed Thursday 2/11/2021.For ocular emergencies during this time, please call Commonwealth Eye Surgery at (859)224-2655.

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

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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 month is age related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision awareness month.

Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the primary causes of loss of vision in individuals aged 65 and over. AMD is characterized by a degeneration of the macula of the retina which functions to allow sharp central vision.

Age Related Macular Degeneration Indications

Early signs of age related macular degeneration are usually fuzzy or blind spots in the central vision. Due to the fact that the loss of vision typically occurs gradually and painlessly, the effects are sometimes not perceived until the disease becomes more serious. This is another reason that every individual over 65 years of age should make sure to have a comprehensive eye examination on a regular basis.

AMD Risk Factors

If you are of Caucasian decent, over 65 years of age, who smokes, eats a diet low in nutrients or has family members that have had AMD, your chances of developing AMD are greater. For those that are at greater risk, yearly eye examinations are essential. Discussing proper nutritional changes with your eye doctor can also help reduce your chances of vision loss.

Dry Macular Degeneration vs. Wet Macular Degeneration

AMD is divided into two categories, dry and wet. Dry macular degeneration is more commonplace and may be caused by advanced age and macular tissue thinning or pigment build-up in the macula. The wet form, also known as neovascular age related macular degeneration, results from the growth of new blood vessels beneath the retina which seep blood, which destroys the retinal cells and results in vision loss in the central vision. Often the wet form results in more serious vision loss.

AMD Treatment

Although there are treatments that can slow the vision loss that results from macular degeneration, the disease currently has no cure. Depending on whether one has wet or dry macular degeneration the course of treatment may involve laser surgery or medical injections or in some cases, nutritional supplements. In all cases, early diagnosis greatly improves the likelihood of successful treatment. An optometrist will also be able to suggest devices to help you cope with any vision loss that you have already sustained. Such loss of sight that is not able to be recovered by standard measures such as glasses, contact lenses or surgical procedures is called low vision. There are a growing number of low vision devices on the market today that can make everyday activities easier.

You can save your eyesight by being aware of the risk factors and signs of AMD. Don't delay in scheduling your yearly eye exam, especially if you are 65 or older.