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Lexington, KY Vision Exams: What 20/20 Eyesight Actually Means

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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 👀🥶

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!

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 ( 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!

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.

In cases of individuals that don't have 20/20 vision, their visual acuity score is designated according to the distance at which they are able to see sharply, in comparison to the norm. For example, 20/100 vision indicates that you have to be as close as 20 feet to see what someone with normal vision would be able to see at a distance of 100 feet.

You can also have vision that is above 20/20. For example someone with 20/10 eyesight can see clearly at 20 feet what the average person can see only at 10 feet. Certain animals have been known to have incredibly acute eyesight in comparison to man. A hawk for instance can have 20/2 eyesight, designed for locating prey from high in the air.

A typical eye screening is done by using a vision chart most commonly the familiar Snellen eye chart developed by Dutch eye doctor, Herman Snellen in the 1860's. While there are a number of versions, the chart usually has 11 lines of uppercase letters which get progressively smaller as one looks downward. The top of the chart usually shows the uppercase letter - ''E'' with the addition of more letters on the lines as they get smaller. During the vision screening, the eye doctor will assess the line with the smallest lettering you can see clearly. Every row is given a distance, with the 20/20 row usually being ascribed forth from the bottom. For small children, illiterate or disabled persons who can not read or vocalize letters, an alternate version of the chart is used called the ''Tumbling E''. Similar to the standard Snellen chart, this version shows only the capital letter E in different rotations. The patient uses their hand to point to the right, left, top or bottom to show which direction the E is facing. In order for the results to be accurate the chart needs to be placed 20 feet away from where the patient is viewing it.

Despite what many think, 20/20 eyesight does not show a person sees perfectly but only that their distance vision is normal. Complete eyesight involves a number of other necessary skills such as side or peripheral vision, depth perception, color vision, near vision and focusing and coordination between the eyes to name a few.

Although an eye exam with a Snellen chart will often establish whether you require eyeglasses to see far away it will not provide the eye doctor a complete understanding of your overall eye health. It's recommended that you still schedule a yearly comprehensive eye exam to screen for any more serious diseases. Contact us now to schedule a Lexington, KY eye exam.