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Friends & Family: ALL EyeMax Locations will be CLOSED in Observance of Independence Day. We are in the office today until 5pm and will resume normal business hours Wednesday morning, July 5th. For any ocular emergencies while we are away, please call Commonwealth Eye Surgery @ (859)224-2655. Stay Safe & Have Fun!!!
Don't forget about that dark chocolate left over from Valentine's Day!
Quality dark chocolate is actually nutritious. One ounce is chock-full of antioxidants and flavanols, vitamins and nutrients! It can improve eyesight, raise good cholesterol and increase blood flow to lower blood pressure and body mass index. It's also good for your skin as the improved blood flow increases skin density and hydration!
Overindulging on this delicious treat is not recommended due to high calories and moderate sugars, but the benefits from quality, organic dark chocolate with 70% or higher cocoa content is definitely a good way to satisfy that sweet tooth!
Devin, Dr . Lane, Dr. Carpenter and Dr. Mattson had a blast judging the Science Fair last weekend!
With cold weather comes lower humidity, causing evaporation of liquid water and vapor. This includes tear film which is made up of 98% water. When the eye loses moisture or portions of it, a condition develops known as dry eye syndrome. As unusual as it sounds, sometimes a watery eye can be a symptom. Are your eyes red and burning or feeling itchy? Make an appointment to see us today! (859) 272-1422
Friday, December 23rd: Our North Park location will be closed and all other offices will be open until 4pm.
Saturday, December 24th: All office locations will be closed.
Saturday, December 31st: Offices at Nicholasville Road in Lexington and N. Main St in Nicholasville will be open from 8am-1pm.
For emergencies, please call Commonwealth Eye Surgery at 859-224-2655.
Have a safe and happy holiday!
Today is the day! Our new EyeMax location on Richmond Road has opened its doors! We are overjoyed to be able to reach more members of the community! Stop by and see us today at 3180 Richmond Road or give us a call at (859) 721-1827. You can also find us on Facebook: EyeMax, Inc.
Exciting news! EyeMax is expanding! Our new office will be located at 3180 Richmond Rd, Lexington. We are so thrilled to be able to serve even more members of our community! Details coming soon.
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!!
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.
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.
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!!
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?
- When purchasing a gift, check that it is developmentally appropriate. Do not allow little siblings to handle toys meant for older siblings.
- Explain to children how to use new toys and games. Before play, if possible carefully check toys for sturdy, safe construction.
- Watch young children while they play.
- 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.
Happy Thanksgiving From Eyemax!
The Holiday Schedule for all locations is as follows:
WEDNESDAY 11/26/2014: Open 9am - 5pm (All Locations)
THURSDAY 11/27/2014: Closed
FRIDAY 11/28/2014: Closed
SATURDAY 11/29/2014: Open
8am-4pm Nicholasville Rd./Man O' War + Nicholasville, KY
Closed North Park
We hope everyone has a Safe & Happy holiday weekend!
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.
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''.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Have a Safe & Relaxing Weekend!!
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.
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.
It's that time of year again, when the days begin to get shorter, the weather slightly cooler, and children everywhere return to school. Now's the time to make sure your kids' eyesight is okay. Healthy eyesight is critical to the learning processes and a child's accomplishments in the classroom. There are many activities that demand optical skills, such as reading, writing and computer work, which children are expected to perform everyday. Despite the strong correlation between vision and learning, many parents miscalculate the occurrence of children affected by eye and vision problems.
A good number of the problems a child suffers from in the classroom can be the result of sight problems. The percentage of students who have undiagnosed problems with eyesight is exceedingly high. Studies demonstrate that 60 percent of students classified as "problem learners" actually have undiagnosed vision troubles. You can avoid childhood trauma if you make it a priority to ensure your child's vision is up to par.
Don't push off your child's first eye exam until kindergarten. Your child's doctor should do a dilated eye check-up to identify any major eye problems within the first two months of life. It's critical to uncover any issues right away, since children are usually more responsive to treatment when diagnosed early. Furthermore as a parent, it's important to see whether your child enjoys reading. Generally, kindergarteners are excited to look at books and attempt to read. Children that avoid books or reading may be experiencing a vision problem. Before you jump to any conclusions, it's a good idea to get a vision screening. For an eye exam for your child in Lexington, KY, call us to schedule an appointment.
Keep in mind that the earlier a vision problem is detected and taken care of, the greater the chances for successful treatment. And vision is an essential component for school work. If a child's eyesight is limited, growing visual requirements such as finer print in books or more homework can considerably change a student's performance. At the same time new technological advances in the classroom, such as the use of interactive whiteboards, can also potentially make less obvious vision problems worse. A student with poor vision will be affected both at school, and emotionally and physically. Before school starts this year, make sure your child's vision is on par! Contact us for a Lexington, KY eye exam today.
Individuals who have unfortunately gotten sunblock in their eyes are aware how excruciating it can be. A very good rub in the eye can sometimes cause burning that lasts for hours. It can take a long time before the victim can open his eyes, particularly in the glaring sun.
There's no doubt getting sunblock in your eyes can cause a quick stop to a day by the pool. Though the discomfort will probably remain for a while, relief will come more quickly with the right attention.
The best way to treat the condition is to put the eye beneath running water for a while. Doing so will rinse the sunscreen out of the eye however it probably won't ease the discomfort at once. For discomfort, cool, wet cloths to the eyes may cause some relief. Eye drops such as ClearEyes may assist in cleaning out the eye, but they will burn.
Even once the eyes have been flushed, it is normal for vision to be somewhat blurred. If discomfort continues after a significant amount of time call your optometrist.
Tips for Sunblock Safety
- Do not spray sunscreen directly on the face.
- Never permit little kids to put on lotion on their own.
- Don't leave sunblock where children can reach it .
- Rub sunblock in completely.
- Do not apply sunscreen too close to the eyes.
- Use large sunglasses to protect the eyes and the surrounding areas from ultraviolet rays.
Now that the summertime is here it’s time to keep your eyes protected from the sun and other warm weather dangers.
Here are some tips to safe in the sun:
- Buy glasses that offer proper UV protection. If your glasses don’t have 100% UV protection to guard your eyes from the dangers of UV exposure, they may be resulting in more harm than benefit. It’s important to keep in mind that 100% UV protection doesn’t necessarily cost more – plenty of cheaper brands give complete UV blockage.
- Opt for larger sunglasses. When it comes to UV defense, think big. When possible, opt for shades with wraparound frames and wide lenses.
- Wear a wide brimmed hat or visor. While glasses are a great first defense, a large hat will give you the extra defense you need to shade your eyes from harmful UV rays.
- Wear sunglasses when the sun is hidden. Even when the sun is behind the clouds, UV can still reach your eyes and cause damage. Don’t be fooled by a cloudy day.
- Invest in a sturdy sunglasses case. Sunglasses can easily be scratched, broken or lost. It’s worthwhile to keep them in a closed case to minimize mishaps.
- Drink enough. Consuming at least 2 liters of water each day will not only keep you and your skin hydrated but it will ensure your eyes are hydrated as well.
- Stay away from the afternoon sun. Stay inside as much as possible especially between the hours of 11 am and 3 pm when the strength of the sun and ultraviolet radiation in the atmosphere are at a peak.
- Consider polarized lenses. Since they reduce glare from reflective surfaces, polarized lenses are great for water-based activities and driving.
- Use swimming goggles to safeguard your eyes from bacteria in the water or chemicals. Since the sun’s rays reflect off water you can increase exposure to UV so get goggles that block UV as well.
- Be careful not to apply sunscreen too close to the eyes as it can enter the eye and burn.
The 4th of July brings to mind visions of parades, cookouts, and, of course, fireworks. Fireworks and celebrations just seem to go together, especially on the 4th of July. Unfortunately, every 4th of July also sees about 11,000 individuals go to the emergency room for fireworks related injuries with 18 percent of those injuries involving the eye. In fact, eye injury is second only to burns when it comes to injury from fireworks. Of the 18 percent, sky rockets or bottle rockets account for 15 percent of eye injuries related to fireworks on the 4th of July.
Eye injuries from fireworks are often devastating with one-third of the injuries resulting in permanent eye damage and one-fourth in partial vision loss or blindness. Even more unfortunate is the fact that children under age 15 watching fireworks are the most frequently injured. Additionally, sparklers, many children’s favorite firework, are the source of 10% of injuries caused by fireworks and can actually burn at 1800 degrees, which is hot enough to melt gold.
Attending a public display of fireworks on the 4th of July is by far the safest way to enjoy fireworks since professional displays rarely lead to spectator injury. There is simply no safe way for non-professionals to use fireworks. However, regardless of how unsafe they might be, non-professional displays will continue to be a popular way to enjoy the holiday. For this reason, knowing the action steps that can help prevent serious injury as well as minimize damage once injury does occur is essential. While the focus here is on eye injury, the steps are easily applicable to any injury related to fireworks.
How To Treat Fireworks Eye Injuries
When fireworks cause an injury, seek medical attention immediately. Even if the injury seems mild, damaged areas can easily worsen if proper treatment does not occur right away. Second, stay calm when an accident happens. Keep the victim as calm as possible as well. Third, when the injury is to the eye, do not rub the eye and be vigilant in keeping a child’s hand away from his or her injured eye. Pressure often does more harm than good when it comes to eye injury.
Next, avoid rinsing the injured eye since this can be even more damaging than rubbing the eye. Instead, shield the eye from any pressure by covering it with a foam cup, milk carton or similar shield. Use tape to secure the makeshift shield. Fifth, avoid any pain medications. Getting to the emergency room as quickly as possible is priority, plus many pain medications can thin the blood and cause increased bleeding. Also, do not apply any ointment or medication directly to the eye as this can make the eye slippery and the physician’s job more difficult.
How To Prevent Fireworks Eye Injuries
Obviously, preventing injury is the best approach. First and foremost, the best prevention is attending a professional fireworks display and refraining from non-professional displays at someone’s home. If you do choose to attend a non-professional fireworks display, have everyone present wear safety glasses. Safety glasses may not prevent all fireworks injuries, but they can prevent a majority of serious injuries to the eyes, and they certainly can reduce the severity of those injuries. Regular glasses and sunglasses certainly will not prevent injury and may break or shatter and worsen an existing injury or cause additional injury. When it comes to children, proper adult supervision along with having them wear children’s safety glasses is a must. Taking these simple safety precautions can prevent serious eye damage and allow the 4th of July to continue being a day remembered for celebrating our nations independence and enjoying parades, cookouts and fireworks.
No teenager likes to be caught wearing something that makes them different, and for many teenagers, glasses can often feel that way. Just the thought of ''four eyes'' can send a teen panicking. Compared to eyeglasses, kids and teens that opt for lenses report a significant improvement in their appearance, reports a newly published study. The research report indicates that starting at the age of eight, pre-teens should be given the choice of contact lenses. The study was reported in the November issue of Eye & Contact Lens, the official publication of the Contact Lens Association.
What is it about contacts that adolescents prefer? Young adults are self-conscious, and they often feel more attractive and accepted if they don't have eye glasses being the focus of their appearance. Contact lenses can promote a young adult's self-esteem by giving them a less obvious alternative for their vision needs.
Although teens are generally provided with contact lenses, children under thirteen are typically not given the option of contacts, because eye doctors or parents don't believe that children have the proper maturity to deal with them sufficiently. Actually, with proper instruction, even at age eight, children are as capable at using and caring for contact lenses and they should be offered the option.
Generally before your child chooses contacts you should ask your optometrist to discuss any potential issues your child might encounter. Our Lexington, KY, optometry practice can assist you to come up with the right prescription for your young adult's contacts.
If your child or teenager is in need of vision correction, why not consider lenses? Through just a simple contact lens, you can enhance your teen's self-image. With the large variety of contacts on the market, you and your eye care practitioner can work with your child to decide what type of lens is most suitable for their character and style of life.
Proper eyesight is required for safe driving. As a matter of fact, road safety requires several different visual capabilities including the ability to see both near and far ahead, peripheral vision, night vision and color vision, to name a few.
Distance vision is very important, because it helps you to evaluate the stretch of road in front and detect any dangers that might be present. Most importantly, it gives you the opportunity to act fast and avoid an accident from happening. And on the flip-side, if you struggle with distance vision you may not be able to see dangers in time to stop an accident.
Equally as important is peripheral or side vision, which allows you see to the sides of your vehicle, which is crucial to be aware of pedestrians, animals and cross traffic without having to look away from the road ahead. Strong peripheral vision is also crucial for switching lanes and making turns. Make sure you know how to use both your side and rearview mirrors. Check they're well-positioned, to assist your side vision.
Road safety is also highly dependent on good depth perception. This helps you measure distances properly in busy driving conditions, change lanes and pass other vehicles on the road. Good depth perception needs proper sight in both of your eyes. If one lacks proper vision in one eye, it's important to check with an eye doctor to determine whether it is okay for you to drive. It may be suggested that you refrain from driving until your vision is corrected to achieve proper depth perception.
Accommodation also plays an important role on the road. Accommodating is the capability to shift your focus from something ahead to something in front of you, for example, from the road to the dashboard. If you're over the age of 45 you might have increasing difficulty with near vision, and it's normal to require reading glasses or another vision correction solution to see your dashboard. Make an appointment with your eye doctor to discuss the best option.
Try not to hold off until you renew or get your driver's license to make sure your vision is in check. You can't afford to risk your own life or the lives of others on the road! If you suspect your vision isn't up to par, visit your eye doctor, and have a thorough eye exam right away.
EyeMax on Nicholasville Road/Man O' War in Lexington is undergoing improvements Friday, May 15th through Sunday, May 17th. The office will be CLOSED during that time. You are able to reach our offices in Nicholasville, KY and North Park, Lexington if needed. We will return to normal business hours at 8:30am Monday, May 18th. If you have an ocular emergency while we are away, please call Commonwealth Eye Surgery at (859)224-2655. Thanks for your patience as we improve for our patients!!! Have a GREAT weekend!
Did you know that each year sports-related eye injuries account for 40,000 emergency room visits? This is the equivalent of an eye injury every 780 seconds! Eye Care professionals believe that the vast majority of the damage would have been simply avoided by using proper eye protection. The majority of injuries occur when people of all ages are enjoying recreational activities or during household chores. Children are especially vulnerable to accidents involving eye damage, which often occur during sport activities.
Having your children use protective glasses when participating in contact sports will greatly lower the likelihood of eye injuries on the court. You can encourage your children by investing in a pair of new wraparound safety glasses for yourself that you wear when playing sports or working with power tools. Insist your kids follow your example. In addition, let your children choose protective eyewear that they like.
To ensure you purchase protective eyewear wisely, speak to an experienced optician for suggestions. Our staff members are happy to assist you in buying the best pair of glasses for your child, depending on the way they will be used. If your child has glasses, protective eyewear can be customized with prescription lenses from your vision care center. Look into trivex or polycarbonate lenses for a child that engages in heavy duty sports. Not only are they more durable, they are also lighter than standard lenses, offering extra comfort.
Be informed when purchasing safety eyewear. It's worth it when it comes to safeguarding your child's eyes!
ALL Locations will be CLOSED at 2:00pm today May 5th, and will OPEN at 11:00 tomorrow May 6th for Staff Training.
You will be able leave messages by calling or request appointments/e-mail through www.eyemaxeyes.com while we are away. For any Ocular Emergencies, please call Commonwealth Eye Surgery at (859)224-2655. Looking Forward to Seeing You Soon!!
In April, Prevent Blindness America addresses eye health issues specific to women.
The many stages of a woman's life can have an impact on her vision. Eye disease among women is being diagnosed in growing numbers, more notably in aging women. Actually, studies show that large numbers of women aged 40 and above have some type of visual impairment, and risk developing conditions such as cataracts, dry eyes, glaucoma and diabetes-related retinopathy. It's interesting to note that the chance of women developing vision impairments has become more common as a result of women's increasing lifespan.
As a woman, the first step you can take to guarantee good sight is to make a proper eye test part of your normal health check up. Make sure that you get a full eye exam before you turn forty, and that you follow up with the advice your eye doctor encourages. Secondly, be aware of your family medical history, as your genetics are a highly relevant detail of comprehending, diagnosing and preventing eye conditions.
In addition, eat a healthful, varied diet and make sure to include foods containing beta carotene, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids, all which help prevent vision loss as a result of eye disease. It's recommended that you also take vitamin C, riboflavin and vitamin A tablets, as they are all strong starting points to keeping up optimal eye health.
For women who smoke, make a decision to stop, as even second-hand smoke can increase the danger of eye disease and is a known factor in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), as well as cataracts. Ultraviolet rays, which can also lead to the development of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration, are very dangerous for your eyes. When you go outside, and not just during the summer, don't forget to put on 100% UV protective sunglasses as well as a sun hat that will protect your eyes from harsh rays.
Changes in hormone levels, like what might occur during pregnancy or menopause, can also slightly change your sight. Often, these shifts can even make the use of contacts less effective or slightly painful. During pregnancy, you may want to decrease lens wearing time and update your eyeglass prescription as needed. It's worthwhile to make an appointment with your eye doctor at some point during your pregnancy to discuss any eyesight or vision shifts you may be noticing.
It is also important to shield your eyes from dangers at home, such as domestic cleaners. Be sure that domestic chemicals, including cleaners, paints and strong detergents are kept safely and are out of reach of young children. Wash your hands thoroughly after touching all chemicals and invest in eye protection when employing the use of toxic chemicals. Use safety goggles when repairing things at home, most importantly when working with potentially dangerous objects or tools.
When used carelessly, eye makeup can also be a safety hazard for your eyes. Firstly, never use anyone else's cosmetics. Try not to use old makeup and throw away anything that's been open for more than about four months, especially products that are aqueous. Look out for any abnormal reactions and cease use immediately if you notice redness, itchiness or puffiness in or around the eyes. Be aware also that you can develop allergies to products you've been fine with for years. And of course, be sure to avoid actual contact with the eye when putting on eye makeup.
As a woman, it is important to be informed of the dangers and options when it comes to your eye care. And also, it can't hurt to inform the other women in your life, such as daughters and friends, about how to look after their eye and vision health.
All EyeMax Staff Members Will Be Training to Better Serve Our Patients!
Office Hours of Operation Will Be Affected During That Time.
- Tuesday May 5th: ALL EyeMax Offices will be CLOSING at 2:00pm
- Wednesday May 6th: ALL EyeMax Offices will OPEN at 11:00am
If you have an ocular emergency while we are away, please contact Commonwealth Eye Surgery at (859)224-2655.
Regular Office Hours Will Resume Thursday May 7th, ongoing.
The majority of Americans are familiar with the dangers of Ultraviolet (UV) rays to your skin, (including sunburn and skin cancer) and the importance of using sunscreen and avoiding direct contact with the sun particularly during the blazing summer months. What is less known is that ultraviolet rays and other harmful types of radiation from the sun also pose a threat to your eyes.
If you are thinking of going outside without proper eye protection, think again. Continual contact with harmful ultraviolet light has been seen to be a cause of damage to the eye.
Risks of UV Eye Exposure
Exposure to large amounts of ultraviolet radiation over a short interval can cause a ''sunburn of the eye'', leading to pain, blurred vision or even temporary vision loss. In the long run, UV exposure can lead to more threatening eye diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and others, all of which can be a threat to vision. Individuals that come into frequent contact with welding machines, tanning beds and lasers are also at heightened risk of exposure to UV radiation.
How to Choose Protective Sunglasses
To guard your eyes from threatening UV rays, sunglasses should completely block all UV rays. Stick with sunglasses that specify they are ''UV 400'', which means 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).
You also want to choose sunglasses with full eye coverage. Wraparound sunglasses can block dangerous UV light from entering from the sides and back of the frame.
Individuals whose work or recreation involves lengthy exposure to sunlight are at the highest risk for damage to their eyes. Ultraviolet radiation can be bounced off of bright surfaces such as snow, water, and white sand and presents the greatest risk from 10 am to 3 pm and throughout the summer months. UV radiation levels increase nearer to the equator and at high altitudes. It's important to speak to an optometrist and to know the hazards of UV exposure. The simple act of putting on your sunglasses can make a world of difference for your precious eyes.
When the springtime comes, along with a greater chance to engage in outdoor sports, comes an increase in the number of sports related eye injuries. Each season, many people, both young and old incur eye injuries as a result of sport play that could easily be avoided with suitable safety measures and knowledge. Wearing proper eye protection while playing sports is important especially in high-risk sports or those that bring you out into the sun's rays such as field hockey, baseball, cricket, racquetball, wrestling, water polo, or fishing.
Lower your risk of a sports related eye accident by wearing the correct protective eyewear right for the activity you are participating in. The right eyewear will keep you out of harm's way and will also have lenses that minimize your exposure to ultra-violet light for outdoor play. Eye wear made specifically for sports is made to withstand certain incidents. Everyday frames and lenses typically aren't adequate for impact resistance, meaning that a minor collision can mean an actual sight-threatening injury.
Protecting your eyes during sports goes beyond using the correct eyewear. Your sight is a primary part of how well you compete, so you must have good eyesight. If you ordinarily need glasses, you might need protective sports glasses or goggles that have a prescription to make it easier to be safe. If you wear contact lenses, you may need a different lens than the ones you use everyday. Contact your optometrist regarding the choices at your disposal.
Each sport has differing demands and dangers, so it's important to allow your eye care professional to identify your specific needs and provide the right glasses or lenses that best fit your vision. This will help you give you the boost that'll help you succeed and enjoy sports safety.
All sports have different needs and risks, so let your optometrist identify your unique needs and provide the right glasses or contact lenses best for your vision. This will help you gain the winning edge that'll help you succeed and enjoy sports safety.
Playing sports and physical activity is a vital part of a positive lifestyle. Nevertheless remember never to overlook the safety of your eyes and vision. Taking these additional steps will only allow you to enjoy longer years of playing sports and good vision.
Are you experiencing red eyes, itchy eyes or watery eyes? If yes, you may be suffering from spring eye allergies. For many of us, spring is pollen season, which means uncomfortable symptoms such as itchy eyes, watery eyes or stinging, red eyes. Springtime eye allergies are caused by an influx of pollen from trees and flowers into the air and can cause a severe impact on everyday functioning for those that experience them.
How can you defend your eyes during pollen season? Whenever possible limit contact with pollen which means staying indoors, in particular when the pollen count is high. Closing windows, using air conditioning and putting on wrap-around shades when exposed to the elements can also help to reduce exposure to irritants in the air. A HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter can be used clear particles from the air when you are inside.
Since most of us must go outside on occasion, certain medications can treat symptoms such as red eyes, watery eyes or itchy eyes. Often times a simple over-the-counter lubricating eye drop will moisturize and relieve itchy eyes or red eyes and flush out allergens. Medications with antihistamines, decongestants or mast cell stabilizers can alleviate irritation of the eyes as well as non-eye related symptoms such as cold-like symptoms. Drops are sometimes recommended because they can work more quickly and effectively than pills or liquid medications to alleviate eye symptoms.
Those who wear contacts often experience greater discomfort during eye allergy season due to the fact that allergens are more likely to build up on the outer surface of the lens, bringing about inflammation. This is compounded when oral antihistamines are taken which further dry out the eyes. Individuals who wear contacts are advised to make sure to keep their eyes moist and switch contacts as directed. Many eye doctors prefer the use of daily disposable contacts, since replacing your contact lenses daily reduces the opportunity for allergens to accumulate.
Most importantly, don't rub red, itchy. Doing so can only exacerbate the irritation. Due to the fact that often effective medications do require a prescription, if over-the-counter solutions do not help, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor.
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Celebrating all of these health related themes this month!
Save Your Vision Month.
Save Your Vision Month is the AOA's annual campaign to remind Americans about the importance of good vision and healthy eyes. The first week of the month is annually designated by the president of the United Sates as Save Your Vision Week.
National Nutrition Month.
This nutrition education and information campaign, sponsored annually by the American Dietetic Association, focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
Workplace Eye Wellness Month.
When it comes to eye health, the more vision ailments employees have, the more medical care they utilize, increasing health care-related expenses, according to event sponsor PBA. Employers are encouraged to contact the organization for information on they Healthy Eyes Vision Wellness Program, promoting good vision in the workplace. For additional information see the PBA Web site (www.preventblindness.org).
Although it is common to refer to winter as the rainy season with all the rain and snow, the air is actually a lot dryer in the winter, which can cause your eyes to be irritated quickly.
Our optometry team can help you find the best options to hydrate your eyes this winter. Even before you step outside you can help your eyes by using a humidifier. Optometrists advocate using humidifiers in spaces with forced air heaters, which can decrease moisture from the environment.
Additionally, make sure to take additional protective measures once you're going outside into the cold air. You can further shield your eyes from the elements by putting on a hat with a brim and wearing sunglasses. It is important to keep the harsh winds away to keep them from drying out your eyes.
Another simple tip for avoiding dry eyes, is applying good eye cream. Our vision practice can recommend some good options that will help you keep the ocular area protected.
Don't forget that if you have contacts it’s important to be extra cautious in the colder months. When possible, use rewetting drops frequently. While you may not recognize it, lenses are dependent on moisture and must remain lubricated to retain their shape. If they loose moisture, the lenses can lose their form and stick to your eyes, causing discomfort and cloudiness. So let your contacts drink up... and make sure to keep them moisturized this winter. With a little knowledge and preparation, you can stay clear of the hazards of the cold, dry weather and keep your eyes clear and moisturized all season long!
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February is dedicated to spreading awareness of macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision. AMD is the leading cause of visual impairment for senior citizens. AMD often results in low vision, a phrase optometrists use to describe substantial visual impairment that is also called “legal blindness” or almost total blindness. For those with AMD, a progressive eye disease, damage is caused to the macula, the part of the retina which produces sharp central vision. The disease causes a vision loss relating to the central vision zone, but typically doesn’t affect the peripheral visual field.
Vision loss due to AMD usually comes on gradually and painlessly over time but rarely disruptions in vision can be sudden. Early symptoms of vision loss from AMD include blurred areas in your central visual field or very distorted vision. Although there is currently no cure for AMD, early detection and treatment can halt progression of the degeneration and subsequently prevent low vision. For those who have already suffered from vision impairment, a normal life can be maintained with low-vision rehabilitation.
Those at higher risk of AMD include senior citizens, women, Caucasians and people with blue eye color, severe hyperopia (farsightedness) or family members with the disease. Risk factors that can be minimized include smoking, high blood pressure, exposure to ultraviolet light and obesity. Proper exercise and nutrition including certain nutrients has been linked to prevention.
Those who suffer from low vision should speak to an optometrist about low vision training and specialized devices that can facilitate self-sufficiency. After an extensive eye exam, a low vision professional can help you obtain appropriate low vision aids such as reading telescopes and non-optical adaptive aids such as electronic ''talking'' clocks and large-face printed material.
Since so many eye diseases can be halted by early diagnosis, optometrists suggest a routine yearly eye exam for all ages. Your awareness can lead to blindness prevention.
Contact your Lexington, KY Optometrist to Find Out About Treatment Options
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!
In order to spread the word about the ''sneak thief of sight,'' January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is the leading source of avoidable blindness, accounting for 9%-12% of all cases of blindness in the United States and effecting nearly 70 million people around the world. Because the disease is initially asymptomatic, research shows that nearly half of those with the disease are not aware of their condition.
Glaucoma is actually a category of ocular diseases that have the common affect of causing damage to the eye's optic nerve, the channel that transmits images from the eye to the brain. Although anyone can develop glaucoma, those at higher risk include African Americans over age 40, anyone over age 60, particularly Mexican Americans, and individuals with a family history of glaucoma.
Since vision loss of this kind is irreversible, vision can only be preserved through early diagnosis. This is difficult however, because symptoms are often not present before damage has taken place, and usually begin with an irreversible loss of peripheral (side) vision.
Treatment for glaucoma is determined based on the disease characteristics and the amount of nerve damage, and may include pressure-reducing eye surgery or medications, often eye drops. While scientists are working hard to find a cure, one does not currently exist and therefore early diagnosis and treatment are vital to prevent vision loss. Because glaucoma develops gradually and requires constant attention, it is important to find an eye care professional experienced in this condition.
According to a recent survey of the National Eye Institute of the NIH, while ninety percent of people had heard of glaucoma, only eight percent knew that it presents no early warning symptoms. Only a qualified eye care professional can identify the early signs of glaucoma, by means of a thorough eye exam. We recommend an annual screening as the most effective way to protect your vision from this potentially devastating disease. Schedule a comprehensive eye exam today.
Yep, that's correct. Sunglasses are not just an essential accessory in the sunny season. While most people are aware of the damage the sun poses to our eyes during the summer, we don't all realize that it is essential to take extra care in the winter months as well.
In truth, those ultraviolet rays that beat down on you in the summer months still exist in the winter. And they could be a threat to your eyes, especially when bounced off a bright snow-covered ground. Those of you who enjoy get-aways that involve snow-based activities should be especially cautious if you plan to spend an extended amount of time in the intense reflected sunlight which can be harmful to the eye. It's very important to guard your eyes from harmful UV rays.
So what's the best way to guard your eyes in the winter months? Optometrists recommend using sunglasses with strong UV protection, so ensure that you purchase a durable pair of sunglasses that is suitable for all year round. Select a pair that is fitting and totally shields your eyes.
Our professionals can assist you to ensure you're getting sunglasses that will suit your needs. In addition, there are many different lenses available and we are here to help you select the combination that is suitable for your lifestyle. Don't forget about your eyes on the slopes either. The right pair of ski goggles having polycarbonate lenses can help defend your eyes from renegade branches, reckless ski pole tips and other slope dangers.
This winter make sure you sport your shades... your eyes will feel the difference.
Are you aware that diabetes is the dominant precursor to impaired sight among men and women between age twenty and seventy-four? If not, you are not alone. Since 2008, over four million adults in North America afflicted with diabetes were subsequently diagnosed with blindness caused by diabetes. Out of those tested, 70,000 suffered from severe diabetic retinopathy, which can result in a serious blindness.
While not every individual is at risk of diabetic retinopathy, it is good to understand the relation between the disease and loss of sight.
To start, those living with diabetes are at risk. The best way to learn if you have diabetic retinopathy is to have your eye doctor perform an eye exam regularly. The longer the disease goes undiagnosed, the stronger the danger of diabetes related blindness. Timely treatment is necessary to halting further deterioration.
Pregnant women that have been afflicted with pregnancy-related diabetes have a better possibility of contracting diabetic retinopathy. It is important to have a complete dilated eye exam after diagnosis as well.
You may be curious as to why all the worry? Wouldn't you notice blindness?
The answer surprisingly is no. There are different forms of diabetic retinopathy, and only those in the severe stages are obvious. Progressive diabetes may have no symptoms. Macular edema is another diabetes caused disease which results in severe vision deterioration. Both afflictions can manifest without obvious symptoms. This is a reason that early discovery is central to halting any lasting injury.
A thorough assessment will check for signs of diabetic retinopathy. There are various phases to this exam which will show the standard clues, such as leaky blood vessels, swelling of the retina, the presence of fatty deposits on the retina, and damaged nerve tissue. Want to know what are the steps in a complete vision exam?
The eye doctor will perform a visual acuity exam by means of an eye chart that is used to measure how correctly you are able to see at different distances. This is just like the visual acuity examinations given by your eye doctor, if you need corrective lenses.
While giving a dilated eye exam, the eye doctor puts drops in your eyes to exaggerate your pupils. It may not be a favorite of most patients, but it can stop blindness in subsequent years. This measure makes it possible to check a larger part of the inside of your eyes to look for distinct signs that imply the likelihood of diabetic retinopathy. The fleeting discomfort will probably save your vision.
Regularly monitor your sight. Even a little hesitation can lead to irreversible loss. If you have been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, it is necessary to book a vision examination with an optometrist without further delay.
Halloween is a time for getting out and getting dressed up but you wouldn't want the fun to lead to some frightening damage to your eyes.
Over the past few years, special effect contact lenses have become a popular accessory for costumes especially with teenagers and young adults and this is alarming optometrists. Contact lenses are a governmentally regulated medical device. It is against federal law to sell contact lenses without a license which is applicable to most outlets where costumes and party goods are sold, however the laws are not adhered to. Lens manufacturers operating without a license may use subpar plastics or even dangerous coloring elements to color the lenses. Additionally, using contacts without adequate instruction and handling, can result in critical eye damage or even vision loss.
For those who do wish to wear cosmetic lenses, it is necessary to schedule an exam with a licensed eye care professional. After a contact lens evaluation and eye exam, the optometrist will be able to recommend a lens that fits well and is safe for your eyes. The practitioner will also provide vital guidance on proper handling and cleaning of the lenses.
Despite the fact that many people incorrectly consider vanity lenses as just another cosmetic item, uneducated use of lenses can cause significant danger to your eyes and vision. Nothing should ever be applied on or near the eye without proper professional consultation.
Never buy lenses from any place that is not a licensed seller that you can be sure sells products approved by the FDA. Even non-corrective lenses must adhere to health regulations and need a prescription. Beware of websites, flea markets or beauty supply stores that may carry homemade contacts colored with dangerous dyes. To determine if the retailer has a license to sell contact lenses request their state license number and call the state Department of Professional Regulations (DPR) to check.
If your Halloween disguise just won't be the same without decorative lenses, consult with your local eye care professional before making any purchase. Don't let Halloween be a "scary" night for your eyes. Be knowledgable about the dangers unregulated contact use can be to your eyes.
Although many correlate seasonal allergies with the arrival of spring, a large number of individuals suffer during the fall as well. In addition to sneezing and a stuffy or runny nose, symptoms that affect the eyes can be the greatest causes of discomfort.
When suffering from allergies, the eyes can become itchy, swollen, and irritated and often sting or tear. Vision can often be affected as well by blurriness or sensitivity to light. These symptoms can be so debilitating for those affected that they prohibit an individual's ability to perform in all aspects of everyday life - from work to play.
When an individual with allergies comes into contact with an allergen he or she has a sensitivity to, the immune response is to release histamines to defend against the ''intruder''. This hypersensitive immune response results in the symptoms we all know such as sneezing, couching and congestion as well as those related to the eyes.
For contact lens wearers eye allergies are frequently exacerbated because contact lenses can often attract pollen. Further, we tend to rub itchy eyes, which can cause even more discomfort for lens wearers. Lens wearers experiencing eye allergies often find themselves using wetting drops frequently or even limiting the use of their contacts or switching to eyeglasses. If you wear contacts and experience eye allergies, it could help you to try switching brands, particularly to single use, daily disposables which minimize the likelihood of pollen accumulation. You don't have to suffer from your contacts!
For anyone suffering here are some ways to reduce exposure and symptoms of autumn eye allergies:
- Avoid outdoor activities during midday and early evening when the pollen count is highest.
- Wear big sunglasses to help block allergens from entering your eyes.
- Use a clothes dryer rather than hanging clothing out to dry whenever possible.
- Clean floors with a damp mop rather than sweeping which can often stir up rather than clean away allergens.
- Use chilled artificial tears or use cool compresses for extra soothing.
- Clean areas prone to mold frequently with a bleach solution.
If over the counter medications are not helping a prescription medication may be more effective. In this case, make a visit to your eye care professional now to talk about your options and begin proper treatment. Our Lexington, KY optometry office is here to assist your eyes feel their best despite allergy season!
According to the American Optometric Association more than 70 percent of workers that work daily from a computer screen (which is over 140 million people) experience computer vision syndrome or eye strain. Excessive computer use can cause eye strain and impact eyesight in children as well as adults. Anyone that works over two hours on a daily basis on the computer is at risk of some degree of CVS.
Signs of Computer Eye Strain
Signs of Computer Vision Syndrome include vision difficulties such as dry eyes, blurriness, lack of focus or double vision and muscular discomfort such as headaches, neck pain and tired eyes. If you notice any of these symptoms you may be suffering from Computer Vision Syndrome.
What Are The Causes of CVS?
Computer eye fatigue and CVS are caused by the need for our visual systems to compensate for viewing characters on a computer screen in a different way than they do for printed letters. While our visual systems are used to focusing on printed content that has dense black characters with sharp edges, they have more difficulty with letters on a computer screen that don't have the same degree of clarity and definition.
Letters on a screen are composed of combinations of tiny points of light (pixels), which are most luminous at the middle and lower in brightness as they move outward. This makes it harder for our eyes to maintain focus on these characters. Instead, our eyes are inclined to drift to a lower level of focusing called the ''resting point of accommodation'' or RPA.
Our eyes involuntarily move to the resting point of accommodation and then have to make a great effort to regain focus on the text. Such continual strain on the eye muscles to focus results in the fatigue and eye strain that often are present with extended use of a computer or digital device. CVS isn't only an issue for computer users. It's important to note that other digital devices such as mobile phones or tablets can cause similar eye fatigue that can be in some cases even worse. Because mobile screens are smaller in addition to pixilated the eyes have to put even more effort into reading the text.
CVS can negatively affect your productivity so if you are experiencing discomfort it is worthwhile to see an optometrist sooner than later.
During an exam, your eye doctor will check to see if you have any particular vision issues that could worsen CVS. Depending on the outcome of the exam, your doctor may prescribe ophthalmic computer glasses to reduce discomfort at your screen. Additionally, you should strongly think about getting an anti-reflective coating for computer eyeglasses. Such a coating reduces reflections on the front and back surfaces of the lenses that cause glare and affect your ability to focus on images on your screen.
Alternative Treatments for CVS
Visual Ergonomics, or physical changes to your computer work environment to reduce strains in vision or posture, can help relieve some of the discomfort of computer related eye strain. A well lit work area and taking periodic breaks from staring at the screen can cause some relief. Nevertheless, since ergonomics alone cannot solve a visual problem, using prescription computer eyeglasses is also a must.
If you think you are suffering or at risk of CVS, contact our Lexington, KY optometric practice.
As September marks Home and Sports Eye Safety Month, this post will focus on ways to keep your home safe for your eyes specifically in choosing toys that are safe for your children's eyes. Don't wait until it's too late to make sure your house doesn't pose any series dangers to your children's eyes.
In general, babies enter the world with an underdeveloped visual structure that grows as they get mature. As part of standard baby vision development, newborns can view objects only very close. A youngster's visual structure is constantly stimulated as he matures. Toys can be one of the easiest ways to stimulate children's vision. Nevertheless, it's important to remember that a large number of childhood mishaps occur in the house, many with toys.
What's the best way to avoid accidents? There are several precautions you can take when selecting toys for the home that are safe for your child's eyes.
First off, be sure toys with long handles - such as a pony stick- have rounded edges, and prohibit or monitor young children carefully if they are handling them. While blocks pose little danger for children of all ages, it's good to make sure the corners are blunted, in order to avoid eye or other bodily damage. It's a good idea to stay away from toys that shoot objects in the air, such as slingshots or dart guns. If you can't eliminate them altogether, then use of these toys should be monitored by a responsible grown-up. When allowing older children to play with a chemistry set or woodworking tools, make sure he or she wears protective glasses.
Is there anything else that can pose a problem in the home environment? Toys are actually just the beginning. As a parent, it's your task to go through your home and make sure there's nothing that could endanger your child's eyes. One of the most common threats is hazardous materials that haven't been locked up properly. If a child can access these chemicals their eyes are at great risk.
Although it's true that games and toys for children may not always be totally harmless, there are many wonderful playthings that can contribute to a child's eyesight. There are a number of age-appropriate toys for children that offer terrific ways to grow optical development. When buying toys for children, look for those that emphasize hand-eye coordination and will help youngsters to understand spatial relationships. It can also be a good idea to look on the Internet before making a purchase. Then you can do your best to make sure your purchase will protect your children and will enrich their optical development at the same time!
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All Office Locations Will Be Closed Monday September 1st, in Observance of the Holiday. Our Nicholasville Road and Nicholasville, KY Locations Will Be Open Saturday August 30th with Regular Hours Resuming Tuesday September 2nd. If You Have An Ocular Emergency Over The Weekend, Please Call Commonwealth Eye Surgery at (859)224-2655. Have a Wonderful Weekend! -The EyeMax Family
Contact lenses require proper treatment and care in order to be a safe and feasible choice for those selecting a vision aid. Improper care can lead to damaged lenses, or or even serious eye infections or scratches, which on occasion can lead to blindness. People of all ages that are not capable of properly taking care of their contact lenses may want to seek an alternate form of corrective eye wear.
Not to worry, though... taking care of your lenses is easier than ever. With all-in-one solutions and disposable contacts, tending to your lenses is cheaper, takes less time and involves less effort than in the past. However, there are some essential guidelines to keep in mind.
First of all it is advised to consult with your optician to receive individualized advice. Additionally, it's important that you don't switch your care routine without checking with your eye doctor first. Certain products are not compatible with each other or with specific lenses and can damage your eyes. Our experienced staff can help you determine the right treatment for your contact lenses.
Proper lens care requires cleaning and disinfecting your lenses daily. Make sure to rinse your hands with soap and water prior to touching your contact lenses. Your eyes can be one of the quickest places for harmful bacteria to reach your body. Further, don't make the common mistake of using saline solution for cleaning or disinfecting your lenses. This is only suitable for rinsing and storing soft contacts. You should also be careful to disinfect your lens case with all-in-one solution after each use and to let it air out between uses. Professionals recommend that you replace your case at least four times a year.
It's true that there may be an assortment of lens care options, but with a little planning you can be sure you are caring for your lenses properly, guaranteeing healthier eyes and clearer vision!
July 4th Office Schedule
Healthy Vision Month, National Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month, National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, National Stroke Awareness Month, Older Americans Month, and National Sight-Saving Month.
EyeMax Has Updated Hours of Availability!
New Vision Insurance For Central Kentucky Teachers
We Are Updating Our Office on Man O' War/Nicholasville Rd. in Lexington, KY January 23th-26th!
Normal business hours will resume Monday January 27th: 9am to 7pm
Happy Holidays from The EyeMax Family!
SPOT is the newest instrument available for testing refractive errors, pupil size, pupil distance and eye alignment!
EyeMax locations will be closed Thursday, July 4th in observance of the holiday.
If you have an ocular emergency during that time, please call Commonwealth Eye
Surgery at (859)224-2655.
Regular office hours will resume on Friday, July 5th at 9am.
We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!
Vision Research Month
National Safety Month
EyeMax, Inc. would like to welcome Dr. Harold Clif Gregory to our optometry team!
EyeMax is happy to announce our North Park location will now have weekend appointments!
Happy World Sight Day!
Q: What is it?
A; The international day of awareness for the global issue of avoidable blindness & visual impairment.
EyeMax is Updating Our Office on Main Street in Nicholasville, KY September 13th-15th!
Dry eye syndrome is common in the cold season as a result of cold and dry air conditions.
Contact our Lexington, KY Optometry Practice for a vision test
Sports and Home Eye Safety Month.
EyeMax welcomes Dr. Stefanie Adams! To set up an appointment with Dr. Adams, please call 859-225-4657.
All of our offices will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2011 in observance of Independence Day. Have a safe and Happy 4th of July! For any ocular emergencies please call Commonwealth Eye Surgery at 859-224-2655.
Fireworks Safety Month
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While soft contact lenses are most common, a second, lesser-known brand of contact lens materials exists: gas permeable (GP) lenses, sometimes known as oxygen permeable lenses.
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.
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.
In today's world, where more and more consumers have become accustomed to buying anything and everything on the Web, glasses are one item that needs to be carefully considered prior to clicking that purchase button. Here's why.
If you are experiencing red eyes, itchy eyes or watery eyes it could be due to spring eye allergies. For some, spring time is pollen season, marking the onset of uncomfortable symptoms such as red eyes, itchy eyes, stinging, burning and watery eyes. Seasonal eye allergies are largely due to the realease of tree and flower pollen into the air and can result in a severe impact on everyday functioning for those that suffer from them.
Women's Eye Health and Safety Month
National Youth Sports Safety Month
Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) / Low Vision Awareness Month and Wise Health Consumer Month.