Through December 24, Dr. Mark Lynn – owner of Dr. Mark Lynn and Associates as well as more than 85 Visionworks offices in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and Georgia – is offering his annual $1 eye exam promotion at all Louisville-area locations.
“We look forward to this promotion every year,” says Dr. Lynn. “It’s a great way to give back to the community by offering $1 exams during the holiday season.”
No other purchase is required. The exam includes testing of distance vision, near vision, muscle balance, eye coordination, color perception, depth perception, glaucoma, cataracts and other eye-health problems.
Contact lens fittings and dilation are available for an additional charge. The $1 offer may not be combined with insurance benefits, coupons or other promotions.
How often should you get an eye exam?
The American Optometric Association provides the following guidelines:
Birth to 24 months: At six months of age or as recommended by an eye-health professional
2 to 5 years old: At three years of age
6 to 18 years old: Before first grade and every two years thereafter
19 to 60 years old: Every two years or as recommended
61 years old or older: Every year or as recommended
According to the association, regular eye and vision examinations are critical to preventative health care. Many conditions don’t have obvious signs or symptoms, so you might not know a problem exists until you get an exam; and if you do have a problem, early diagnosis will increase your chances of effective treatment.
Patients who are considered at high risk for problems may need exams even more often than the guidelines. Factors that put a patient in the high risk category include hypertension, diabetes or a family history of ocular disease such as glaucoma or macular degeneration. You also should have more frequent exams if you take medications with ocular side effects or you work in an environment that could be hazardous to your eyes or your vision.
Factors that put an infant, toddler or child at high risk include premature birth, low birth weight, infection of the mother during pregnancy, difficult labor, central nervous system disorders or a family history of retinoblastoma, congenital cataracts, a metabolic disease or a genetic disease.
In addition to exams, Visionworks offers designer and exclusive brands of frames as well as contact lenses, sunglasses and accessories. Many Visionworks offices provide one-hour service for most prescriptions through an on-site processing lab.
To find an office near you, visit
visionworks.com. While you’re there, you may want to check out the website’s Learn More section, which provides a wealth of information on eye-care topics.
For instance, did you know that Computer Vision Syndrome is a common condition because about 82 percent of Americans work with a computer or use a hand-held device every day? CVS is a group of eye- and vision-related problems that – as you might expect – result from staring at a computer screen for extended periods. Common symptoms include headaches, fatigue, dry eyes and blurred vision.
To help alleviate CVS, follow the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away from your computer, tablet or smart phone for at least 20 seconds. This lets you readjust to distance vision and helps alleviate eye strain. Blinking several times can help too. If you get an eye exam, ask your optometrist about other ways you can relieve the problem. VT