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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

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

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

Designer frames in Tampa

Designer Frames in Tampa

Affordable designer eyewear in Tampa

Optical Outlet is a full-service optometry practice providing expert eye examinations by our doctors that are geared preserving, protecting your eye health as well as enhancing your vision through a complete line of designer frames in Tampa as well as a wide range of contact lenses including hard to find lenses for those with special vision needs. Our designer eyewear embraces the two important aspects to prescription eyeglasses; one functional and one fashion related – improve the wearer’s vision while also enhancing the user’s own sense of self and style.

After our doctor has thoroughly examined the patient and prescribed the needed vision correction our optical shop staff is ready to help with a wide range of the latest designer frames in Tampa from dozens of the top designers. Our designer glasses feature the collections from designer brands such as Juicy Couture, Liz Claiborne, Nike, Thalia, Fendi, Fossil, Saks Fifth Avenue, Marc Jacobs, Kensie, Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Boss, Bongo and Banana Republic among others. Our experienced optical staff will help you choose the best frames based on their prescription, facial structure, lifestyle, budget and person sense of style.

Our designer frames in Tampa are filled using the highest quality lenses including ultra lightweight, anti-glare and light reactive darkening Transitions lenses. We also feature special toric and other vision correction lenses as well as a complete line of safety glasses, children’s eyewear and vision accessories. Most of our designer frames can also be made into sunglasses that block out most of both the UV-A and UV-B rays. Our eyewear is affordable our shops work with a variety of insurance companies as well as running frequent specials such as two pairs eyeglasses for just $59 and a complete eye exam for $39. Bring your eyes to the eyeglass experts and visit our office.

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