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***NEW TREATMENT PLAN IN PLACE***

EyeMax has updated temporary availability for our patients! Our BY PHONE ONLY schedule is now Monday through Friday, 10am to 3pm at all locations. NO ROUTINE EYE EXAMS WILL BE PERFORMED AT THIS TIME. This includes exams for glasses and/or contact lenses. All doors will remained locked and staff will have criteria to follow before approving any entry into the office.

Our Lexington, KY office location inside the WalMart on Man O’ War/Nicholasville Road will have a Doctor & Technicians in the office to evaluate the need for Disease Management and Emergency Eye Care at this time. Please call (859)272-1422 as needed. Continuing to follow the guidelines in place, each call will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Telehealth will be used as often as possible and social distancing will be followed for in-person urgent evaluations to keep all patients and staff as safe as possible:

-Prior to any visit in office or via telehealth, you will be asked to provide insurance information and complete paperwork/payment online or by phone as often as possible.
-Guests will be limited to PATIENT ONLY. If you have a special circumstance, please alert us prior to your visit and we will try our best to accommodate.
-If you have traveled or felt ill anytime within 2 weeks, please alert us straight away. We will ask that you do not come to the office until you have been home and well for a minimum of 14 days.
-All guests will be met at the door by a staff member, and a temperature will be taken prior to approved entry. If the reading is elevated, you will be asked to utilize our telehealth option and possibly return at a later time.
-We recommend you wear a mask if at all possible while in our office or in public. Our staff will be wearing them as well. No worries, it is the same EyeMax family you know and love!!
-Frequent hand washing is required by staff and recommended by patients
-An even more stringent cleaning/disinfecting protocol will be utilized at all times. Please be assured, the health and safety of everyone remains our top priority at all times.

All EyeMax locations will have technicians available Mon- Fri, 10AM to 3PM to help with prescription updates, general questions, guidance, etc. We have experienced an increased call volume while closed to in-person traffic. If you reach our voicemail, please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible. All numbers are listed below. If you call after 3PM EST, your call will be returned the next business day.

***COVID-19 UPDATE***

EyeMax remains closed for routine care due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and per the mandate of Governor Any Beshear. As of April 20 2020 EyeMax will have technicians available to answer phone calls Monday-Friday 10am-3pm, and a Doctor on Staff For EMERGENCIES ONLY at our Man O’ War/Nicholasville Rd location.

Our clinic doors will be locked, but if you have an emergency please call to schedule your appointment with us. This will allow us to call and check all forms of insurance and will allow us to take payments and to have an over view of patients medical history over the phone to reduce your time in the office. We may also be able to provide care via telehealth without having to bring you into the office.

In addition to following CDC guidelines, any patient that comes in the office of an emergency office visit will have their temperature taken. Please allow us to do so for the safety of our patients and staff.

For all other inquiries a staff member will be in the office Monday-Friday 10am-3pm to answer all questions and concerns. If a staff member is unable to answer the phone please leave a message with your name, dob and phone number, and we will return your call as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We miss our patients and look forward to seeing you all soon!

Decorative Contact Lens Safety

Spooky Halloween Lenses

With Halloween fast approaching, decorative contact lenses are on the rise! These lenses add a special spooky touch, but be careful of the risks!

  • Make sure to be properly fit because no contact lens is “one size fits all”.
  • Only buy contact lenses from somewhere that requests your prescription.
  • Properly care for the contact lenses to lessen the chance of an infection.

Read more from the American Optometric Association here.

AOA Decorative Lens Warning

Happy 4th of July!

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Happy 4th of July Friends & Family! EyeMax Locations on Nicholasville Rd/Man O’War in Lexington & Main Street in Nicholasville, KY will be OPEN this Saturday July 2nd from 8am to 4pm. ALL LOCATIONS WILL BE CLOSED Monday July 4th in Observance of the Holiday. Regular business hours will resume at all locations Tuesday July 5th. If you have an ocular emergency while we are away, please call Commonwealth Eye Surgery at (859)224-2655. Have as Safe & Fun Holiday Weekend!!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.