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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

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