Developing Certain Eye Conditions

As you get older, your risk for developing certain eye conditions impacting the health and the quality of your vision increases. One of these conditions is age-related Macular Degeneration, which affects more than 2 million adults in the United States and is a leading cause of blindness worldwide. To protect the ongoing health of your eyes and to preserve your eyesight, it’s important to visit the office Optical Outlets for a comprehensive examination. We’ll monitor your eyes and vision and provide guidance as to how to you can take steps towards preventing macular degeneration and preserve your eyesight as you age.

The retina is located at the back of the eyeball and is responsible for transmitting light into signals via the optic nerve to help the brain form a visual image. As the central part of the retina, the macula contains a high concentration of photoreceptors, which means it is integral to the proper functioning of the retina. Macular degeneration occurs when the cells of the macula gradually deteriorate, eventually compromising your eyesight. Advanced cases of macular degeneration result in a profound loss of central vision, while peripheral vision may remain intact. In its early stages, people with macular degeneration may not experience any vision loss or symptoms.

As part of comprehensive eye examination, we’ll perform a visual acuity test and utilize advanced diagnostic tools to evaluate the anatomy and function of your retina. To reduce your risk of vision loss due to age-related macular degeneration or other conditions, it’s important to get a baseline exam at the age of 40 and then comprehensive exams as recommended thereafter. You can also help reduce your risk of developing age-related Macular Degeneration by making the right dietary choices, managing your weight, quitting smoking and wearing sunglasses outside.

At the office of Optical Outlets, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

3920 W Hillsborough Ave. Ste. A
Tampa, FL 33614
(813) 870-2273

Comprehensive Eye Examinations

At the office of Optical Outlets, we provide comprehensive eye examinations, using state-of-the-art technology and methods. We strive to diagnose conditions that can compromise your vision early in their onset, when they are often easiest to manage and treat. A condition known as glaucoma is sometimes called the “silent thief of sight.” Glaucoma earned this reputation as the earliest stages of this condition typically go unnoticed. For this reason, routinely scheduled, comprehensive eye exams are essential for adults over 40 years of age.

Glaucoma refers to a group of conditions, which cause damage to the optic nerve. The most common form of glaucoma is open-angle glaucoma, and the prevalence of this condition increases with age. Often, open-angle glaucoma does not present with any symptoms or vision loss until the condition has progressed. If you have open-angle glaucoma, you may notice a gradual loss of peripheral vision, making it difficult to see objects on the sides and corners of your visual field. Studies show that the pressure within your eye, known as intraocular pressure, is often elevated in people with open-angle glaucoma. During your examination our optometrist will measure your intraocular pressure, perform a visual acuity test, and thoroughly examine the anatomical structures of your eyes, to diagnose glaucoma as early as possible. At all times, our caring office team keeps you informed and at ease, addressing any questions or concerns you may have throughout your course of care. If glaucoma is diagnosed, it is important to begin treatment without delay. In this way, we can help to manage the condition and to prevent it from progressing and further compromise your vision. Our office keeps pace with leading-edge treatment methods and will create a personalized treatment plan to meet your individual needs.

At the office of Optical Outlets, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

3920 W Hillsborough Ave. Ste. A
Tampa, FL 33614
(813) 870-2273

Developing Glaucoma

The second leading cause of blindness worldwide typically progresses so slowly and silently that you may not be aware of its presence until your vision has been compromised. While there is no known cure for glaucoma, early detection and management can help slow its progression, prevent any further damage and preserve your vision. With routine comprehensive eye exams, the office of Optical Outlets can diagnose glaucoma from its outset and develop an effective treatment plan.

Glaucoma is a disease that causes damage to the optic nerve. While there are different types of glaucoma, the most common of which is open angle glaucoma, which occurs gradually when fluid fails to drain from the eye. This buildup of fluid increases pressure within the eye, thereby damaging the optic nerve. Typically vision loss and other symptoms of open angle glaucoma take a long time to develop. However, with other types of glaucoma, such as angle closure glaucoma, the onset of symptoms may be sudden. While the exact cause of glaucoma is unknown, there are several known risk factors. A family history of glaucoma, advanced age, certain medical conditions and certain features of your eye’s anatomy can increase the likelihood of developing glaucoma. To diagnose glaucoma our optometrist will test your intraocular pressure, visually assess your optic nerve and assess optic nerve function. Visual field tests to assess your peripheral vision can help determine if blind spots have developed. If you are at high risk for glaucoma, our team will continue to carefully monitor your vision and provide the guidance and care to help preserve and protect your eyesight.

At the office of Optical Outlets, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

3920 W Hillsborough Ave. Ste. A
Tampa, FL 33614
(813) 870-2273

Types of Glaucoma

By visiting our us at the office of Optical Outlets for periodic eye examinations, you are taking important steps towards protecting yourself against vision loss. Glaucoma is a leading-cause of blindness worldwide, and affects more than 3 million people in the United States. While there is no known cure for glaucoma, early detection and management can help to slow its progress and protect against vision loss. As skilled providers of vision care, we’ll check your eyes for signs of glaucoma and other conditions that may be harmful to your eye health as well as your eyesight.

While there are several different types of glaucoma, all of them cause damage to the optic nerve and diminish the eyes capacity to transmit information to the brain. While open angle glaucoma, which is the most common form of this condition, typically progresses gradually and without symptoms in its earliest stages, other types of glaucoma may have a more acute onset of symptoms. Since Glaucoma is often associated with increased intraocular pressure, during your exam we use specialized equipment to comfortably test the pressure inside your eye. We also examine the optic nerve and assess its function, as well as perform tests to evaluate your peripheral vision. We’ll review both your medical and that of your family to determine if you’re at risk for glaucoma. Certain medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease can increase the likelihood of developing glaucoma. There may also be a genetic component as well. Increased age can also put you at greater risk for glaucoma, which is why we typically recommend you visit us for a baseline eye exam at the age of 40, and then every two years thereafter. If you are diagnosed with glaucoma, we’ll carefully monitor your vision with more frequent visits, and may recommend or refer you for treatment to reduce intraocular pressure. By carefully managing glaucoma, we can help you preserve your remaining vision and help you enjoy a better quality of life.

At the office of Optical Outlets, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

3920 W Hillsborough Ave. Ste. A
Tampa, FL 33614
(813) 870-2273

Different contact lenses available for hard-to-fit patients

Our eyes are as unique as we are. Just as no two people are the same, no two sets of eyes are the same. That’s why when it comes to contact lenses, a one-size-fits-all philosophy doesn’t always apply.

The good news is that there are specialized lenses available to adjust to irregular eye shapes, eye conditions, and challenging prescriptions. Using advanced diagnostic tools, the warm and friendly team at the offices of Optical Outlets will help you find comfortable lenses that address your specific eye needs. We will go over options on types of contact lenses that will be most comfortable for you, based upon the eye condition you may have.

A closer look:
A variety of eye conditions can make it hard to wear standard contacts. Some of the most common include:
 Keratoconus: when the cornea thins and then bulges outwards in the shape of a cone
 Dry eyes: burning, red and irritated eyes
 Astigmatism: blurry vision because of an irregular cornea
 Corneal scarring; post-corneal transplant
 Post-LASIK, or other refractive procedures

Committed to good vision

Fortunately, contacts come in a vast range of types – even for the most complex, hard-to-fit eyes. At the office of Optical Outlets, our skilled team has years of professional experience and is highly qualified in prescribing the best contact lenses for you. If you have not experienced success with contacts or you’ve been told in the past that they are not an option to correct your vision, we invite you to visit our office for a comprehensive eye exam and fitting.

3920 W Hillsborough Ave. Ste. A
Tampa, FL 33614
(813) 870-2273

Signs that your child may need eyeglasses

Young children generally don’t let their parents know if they are having trouble seeing – a problem that can impact a child’s performance socially and academically. That’s why it’s important for parents to recognize the potential signs and seek a professional evaluation.

At the office of Optical Outlets, our warm and friendly team is skilled in working with children of all ages. Using advanced diagnostic tools, we will perform a comprehensive eye test to determine whether your child has a vision problem that may possible require eyeglasses.

As a general rule, children should have their first comprehensive eye exam at six months of age, again at age 3, and then just before they enter the first grade — at about age 5 or 6. School-aged children should have an eye exam at least every two years if no vision correction is required. Children who need eyeglasses should be examined annually or as recommended by their eye doctor. Should problems arise, seek an evaluation as soon as possible.

Signs your child may need glasses:
• squinting often
• tilting head or covering one eye
• sitting too close to the television or holding hand-held devices too close to the eyes
• rubbing eyes excessively
• complaining of frequent headaches or eye pain
• having difficulty concentrating on schoolwork

Eyeglasses work to improve how well your child sees — strengthening vision in a weak eye or improving the position of the eyes if they are crossed or misaligned.

Committed to your child’s vision health

At the office of Optical Outlets, our skilled team brings years of professional experience and are highly qualified to evaluate and treat children’s eye problems. If you believe your child is having vision difficulty, we invite you to visit our office for a comprehensive eye exam and, if needed, a fitting for eyeglasses.

3920 W Hillsborough Ave. Ste. A
Tampa, FL 33614
(813) 870-2273

LASIK surgery: The Pros and Cons

Are you curious about LASIK surgery? Ask us if it may be right for you—at the office of Optical Outlets we can discuss the pros and cons and provide important information.

What is LASIK?
The LASIK procedure is the most common type of eye surgery performed on the cornea of the eye to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and some other common, vision issues. So you no longer need to wear glasses or contact lenses.

The procedure itself involves a pain-free and quick procedure using a laser light.

Is LASIK Right for You?
We will conduct a comprehensive eye exam to determine if you will benefit from the procedure, depending on the type of correction needed, eye health, and other factors. If we believe you would benefit from LASIK, we will refer you to an ophthalmologist to perform the procedure.

Questions for Consideration
A few questions you may want to consider before committing to the procedure are:
• Do you want to reduce your dependence on glasses or contact lenses?
• Have you talked to your doctor about any risks or side effects of the procedure, and are you prepared to accept these?
• Are you prepared for the possibility that you may still require glasses or lenses after the procedure to achieve perfect vision?

Expectations
With LASIK, the great news is that most people achieve long-lasting, perfect vision! The first step is to schedule a comprehensive eye exam. We’re here for you for all of your vision needs and ready to discuss the procedure—and the best way to proceed if you think LASIK may be right for you.

At the office of Optical Outlets, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

3920 W Hillsborough Ave. Ste. A
Tampa, FL 33614
(813) 870-2273

Medical Contact Lenses

At the office of Optical Outlets, our experienced optometrist and team of eyecare professionals can provide medical contact lenses for patients with a diverse range of vision needs. Dedicated to providing the highest quality of care, our office keeps pace with advanced technology and treatment methods to provide the most appropriate, comfortable, and effective contact lenses to improve our patients’ eyesight. Our goal is to help everyone who comes to our office for care maintain healthy eyes and enjoy optimal vision.

Medical contact lenses can help restore normal vision for patients with certain corneal irregularities, including keratoconus. Your cornea is the clear structure at the front of the eye, responsible for focusing light that passes through on its way to the retina. While in a healthy eye, the cornea curves like a dome, in an eye with keratoconus, the center of the cornea gradually begins to thin and bulge, forming a cone shape that distorts your vision. To evaluate this condition and determine a course of care that is right for you, our skilled and experienced optometrist will provide a comprehensive eye examination, which includes a visual acuity test, slit-lamp examination and corneal topography imaging. Our team offers a variety of effective options to treat keratoconus and correct the associated vision problems. These options include rigid gas permeable lenses, soft lenses and hybrid lenses. By using the latest technology in medical contacts, we can fit you with lenses that feel comfortable while improving your vision and corneal health. Our team will create a personalized treatment plan to meet your individual needs. We’ll also address any questions you may have throughout treatment, to help you make the most informed decisions regarding your care.

At the office of Optical Outlets, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

3920 W Hillsborough Ave. Ste. A
Tampa, FL 33614
(813) 870-2273

Correct Multiple Refractive Errors

The best way to keep your eyes healthy is to partner with an experienced optometrist and have routine comprehensive eye examinations. At the office of Optical Outlets, our team of eye care professionals provides the highest quality of care to monitor the ongoing health of your eyes as well as diagnose and correct any refractive errors or treat other issues affecting your vision.

One common problem that can affect visual acuity is astigmatism. Astigmatism is a visual impairment that is caused by slight irregularities in the shape of the eye. Normally the human eye is spherical in shape and when light enters the eye, it refracts evenly to create a clear view of the object. With astigmatism the eye is shaped more like a football or the back of a spoon. When light enters an eye with astigmatism it is refracted more towards one direction than the other, which allows only part of the object to be in focus. This refraction error makes objects appear blurry. Astigmatism can be present at birth or can develop later as the result of functional issues. With uncorrected astigmatism, you may experience symptoms such as blurry vision and headaches, eyestrain and fatigue. In some cases, astigmatism may also be accompanied by nearsightedness or farsightedness. And, for the very reason that astigmatism may become worse as you get older, it’s essential to have your eyes checked whenever you feel there has been a change in your vision.

As skilled and experienced providers of vision care, we provide prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses, which correct refractive errors so that you can enjoy the benefits of clear, crisp vision. While mild astigmatism may not need any treatment at all, you may still require corrective lenses. That’s because astigmatism often accompanies nearsightedness or farsightedness. Corrective eyeglass lenses and contact lenses can correct multiple refractive errors at once. For people with astigmatism, special toric contact lenses that have greater light bending power in one direction than the other may be used. In some cases, another means of treating astigmatism that can be effective is a refractive or laser surgery, where the shape of the cornea is changed to make it more spherical.

If you have any of the symptoms of astigmatism or you feel that your vision has changed lately call our office for an appointment.

At the office of Optical Outlets, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

3920 W Hillsborough Ave. Ste. A
Tampa, FL 33614
(813) 870-2273

Most Common Refractive Error

If you find yourself struggling to see objects at a distance, a refractive error known as myopia may be to blame. At the office of Optical Outlets, we utilize advanced technology and methods of care to diagnose and treat myopia. Our goal is to provide the most effective course of care to improve your eye health, vision and overall quality of life.

Studies show that myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is the most common refractive error, affecting 30% of all people in the United States. Typically, if you suffer from myopia, objects that are far away appear blurry; this may make it difficult to read road signs, watch movies, or see the chalkboard from the back of a classroom. You may also experience headaches, double vision and eye strain. Myopia occurs when your eye cannot focus light correctly on the retina. To diagnose myopia, we will perform a comprehensive eye examination, which involves having you read a vision chart and performing tests to assess how light bends as it travels through your cornea and the lens of your eye. Using these advanced diagnostic methods, we can determine the most effective approach for treating your myopia. Our office offers an extensive selection of eyeglasses and contact lenses so that you can enjoy crisp, clear vision. Our experienced, caring team of professionals will determine which type of lenses are best suited for your needs. Your comfort and convenience are our priority throughout your visit, and we are happy to answer any questions to help you make the most informed decisions regarding treatment. Our team of eyecare professionals strives to provide a convenient, stress-free experience for you and your family whenever you visit our office.

At the office of Optical Outlets, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

3920 W Hillsborough Ave. Ste. A
Tampa, FL 33614
(813) 870-2273