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.

4121 U.S. 98 N. A-140
Lakeland, FL 33809
(863) 859-7100

Selecting the Right Eyewear

For many, glasses are an invaluable accessory; they help you see clearly and perform important daily tasks, and you might wear them every day. Finding a pair of frames that flatter your face shape and suit your personal style can help you feel confident and earn you many compliments. At the office of Optical Outlets, our showroom features the latest in designer frames to provide optimal comfort and help you look great. Our team of experienced eyecare professionals will guide you in selecting the right eyewear and will be happy to answer any questions.

Eyeglasses can correct refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia and astigmatism, as well as any combination of these conditions, making it possible for people with visual impairments to enjoy clear, crisp vision. Some people wear glasses throughout the day, while others may only wear glasses to perform certain tasks, like reading or driving. If you’re interested in diversifying your look, you may alternate between wearing glasses and contact lenses. The right eyeglasses not only perform the important function of improving your vision, they are also durable and aesthetically pleasing. With the help of our friendly staff, you’ll enjoy browsing our showroom and trying on a variety of high-end designer frames until you find the perfect pair for you. With our vast selection of colors, materials and shapes, you’ll want to take your time and be discerning when you’re shopping for new frames. People of all ages wear eyeglasses, and for our youngest clients, we’ll help find durable, comfortable frames with fun colors and patterns your child will love. Throughout your visit, we help you and your family feel at ease, and make shopping for frames a positive, stress-free experience.

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.

4121 U.S. 98 N. A-140
Lakeland, FL 33809
(863) 859-7100

Prevent Harmful Eye Conditions

Your child’s eye health and vision play an important role in their physical, social and cognitive development. By addressing visual impairments and eye conditions early on, you’re giving your child the opportunity they deserve to thrive socially and academically. At the office of Optical Outlets we’ll perform an age-appropriate exam to evaluate your child’s visual acuity, focusing skills and eye movement, as well as make sure the eyes work comfortably together. Our team helps your child feel at ease throughout their visit, making every exam a stress-free experience.

Visual impairments in children may be difficult to identify without a comprehensive examination from an eye care professional. Along with your child’s first visit to the pediatrician and the dentist, your child’s first eye exam is vital to their overall health. The American Optometric Association recommends children come in for their first eye exam at six months old, then again at 3 years and for a checkup before they begin kindergarten. After that, it’s recommended to bring your child in once every two years, unless their vision requires more frequent monitoring. While one in four children are diagnosed with a vision disorder, many children are not even be aware there is a deficit in their vision or report any difficulties seeing. With a comprehensive eye examination, our office can identify refractive errors such as nearsightedness and farsightedness, as well as strabismus, amblyopia and any other eye or vision irregularities. To treat refractive errors, we will recommend the appropriate corrective lenses. In many cases, early detection and care can prevent harmful eye conditions from progressing and provide the opportunity for optimal vision development and function.

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.

4121 U.S. 98 N. A-140
Lakeland, FL 33809
(863) 859-7100

Trends in Fashionable Eyewear

When you visit us at the office Optical Outlets to choose a pair of designer eyeglass frames, our experienced team of professionals will provide expert guidance to help you look your best. We offer the latest styles and trends in fashionable eyewear and will help find a pair the flatters your face shape and expresses your personality. Whether you’re looking to make a bold statement, appear sophisticated or convey professionalism, you’ll find the frames you desire in our showroom. We’ll find quality eyewear to meet the demands of all aspects of your life, and ensure optimal function and durability from every pair of frames.

Prescription eyeglasses make it possible for people with refractive errors to see clearly, but they can also provide a number of other important functions. With today’s advanced technology in lens design, glasses can also prevent computer eyestrain, protect against UV rays, and block harmful blue light. Of course, finding the right frames to match the function of your glasses is important. While some people have more than one pair of eyeglasses for routine activities, others like stylish options that look great for different occasions or outfits. To help you find glasses that complement your face shape, you’ll want to try on several stylish pairs with the help of a knowledgeable and friendly professional. We’ll help you choose frames that emphasize your best features and fit comfortably. With so many colors, patterns and styles to choose from, shopping for new glasses can be an exciting experience, so take your time when you’re exploring our showroom, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

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.

4121 U.S. 98 N. A-140
Lakeland, FL 33809
(863) 859-7100

Diagnosis of Pediatric Eye Conditions

Visual impairments in children can lead to developmental delays, and affect your child’s overall quality of life at play and at school. Fortunately, with early detection and intervention, we can provide your child with the care they need to help ensure optimal vision development from the start. At the office of Optical Outlets we utilize leading-edge approaches for the earliest diagnosis of pediatric eye conditions. We recommend bringing children in for comprehensive examinations periodically, to assess their vision and determine if corrective treatment is needed.

When your child is first born, their sense of sight is not yet fully developed. Over the first few months of life, your child’s brain will learn to process different visual information to form a picture of the world around them. Your child’s ability to see the world plays an important role in their physical, cognitive and social development, which is why it’s important to address visual impairments and conditions affecting the health of your child’s eye. According to the American Optometric Association, children should have their eyesight tested first when they are 6 months old, then again at 3 years old, and again before they begin school. After that, it’s recommended to bring your child in for checkups every 2 years, but visits may be more frequent depending on your child’s needs. During your child’s checkup, our office will perform a visual acuity test and evaluate the health of your child’s eyes. Our friendly professional staff will make sure your child feels comfortable and relaxed throughout their checkup. Early intervention with glasses, vision therapy and other methods of care can prevent problems from progressing into adulthood.

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.

4121 U.S. 98 N. A-140
Lakeland, FL 33809
(863) 859-7100

Wide Range of Vision Problems

At the office of Optical Outlets, we offer leading-edge solutions to safeguard your eye health and vision. Our optometrist and experienced team of eyecare professionals keep pace with the most advanced technology and methods of care to diagnose and treat a wide range of vision problems. Our friendly team provides personalized attention to accommodate your individual needs and is happy to guide you in choosing contact lenses or selecting the right eyewear from our extensive and stylish collection.

Our office offers a one-stop solution for the eye care needs of every member of your family. We encourage you to visit our office periodically for comprehensive eye examinations, which allows us to evaluate your visual acuity and ocular health using the most advanced diagnostic technology. In this way, we can recommend any needed corrective lenses, adjust your current prescription, and screen for conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts from their outset, which allows for the most effective course of treatment. The care and comfort of our patients if our highest priority, and our goal is to help you feel at ease as soon as you walk through our doors. Our state-of-the-art practice also offers the latest options in care. Our comprehensive selection of contact lenses includes soft contacts, 1-day single use contacts, orthokeratology lenses, hybrid lenses and a variety of medical contact lenses for correcting vision problems and improving the health of your eyes. Patients who are searching for fashionable eyewear will also find a showroom that features a wide selection of designer frames, and our attentive staff will help you choose pair that suits your look and style. Whenever you come in for a visit, you can rest assured you’re in the best hands of 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.

4121 U.S. 98 N. A-140
Lakeland, FL 33809
(863) 859-7100

Menu of Eyecare Services

At the office of Optical Outlets, our experienced eye doctor and team of eyecare professionals keep pace with advanced technology and treatment methods, to provide you with the highest quality care. As part of our comprehensive menu of eyecare services, we offer orthokeratology, which is a non-invasive option for correcting common refractive errors, such as myopia and astigmatism. Ortho-K treatment eliminates the need for daytime contact lenses or glasses, offering a comfortable and convenient alternative for improving the quality of your vision.

Ortho-k treatment works by gently reshaping the curvature of the cornea, using special gas-permeable lenses that are only worn at night. Ortho-k lenses can effectively treat mild to moderate cases of myopia and astigmatism as well as improve visual acuity for other types of refractive errors. To determine if ortho-k lenses are the right course of treatment for you, our highly skilled eye doctor will perform a comprehensive eye exam, which includes advanced diagnostic imaging of the cornea. After measuring the curvature of your cornea, your lenses will be customized to suit the unique shape of your eye, and the level of correction needed.

We will instruct you on how to correctly place and care for your ortho-k lenses to achieve the best outcome of care. Since the ortho-k lenses are only worn while you sleep, and removed upon waking in the morning, you can enjoy clear, crisp vision without the need for any corrective eyewear throughout the day. Ortho-k treatment is an excellent option for patients of ages. Because Ortho-k is completely reversible, other options in vision correction such as eyeglasses, contact lenses and LASIK procedures can always be explored.

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.

4121 U.S. 98 N. A-140
Lakeland, FL 33809
(863) 859-7100

Common Visual Impairment

The most common visual impairment in people under 40 is a refractive error called myopia. Commonly referred to as nearsightedness, people with myopia are able to see objects clearly close up, but struggle to see at a distance. If you find it difficult to read road signs or watching a movie in theaters, be sure to schedule an eye exam at our office. As skilled providers of vision care, the office of Optical Outlets can accurately diagnose myopia as well as other types of refractive errors and provide corrective lenses and other solutions in care to help patients of all ages enjoy optimal vision.

Myopia occurs when the eyeball is too long or the cornea is too curved, which prevents light from focusing directly on the retina. While myopia can affect people at every stage of life, the onset of this type of refractive error typically occurs during childhood. While vision screening are often perform in schools, myopia is more thoroughly diagnosed with a comprehensive eye examination that includes a visual acuity test and the use of advanced diagnostic instruments to comfortably assess both eye anatomy and function. During this visit, we’ll also discuss any visual symptoms or difficulties that are occurring, as well as review the medical history to determine the presence of any contributing factors. Children with undiagnosed and untreated myopia typically experience difficulty reading the blackboard at school to the extent that it can compromise their academic performance. Our office welcomes patients of all ages for care. For children who may not yet be old enough to identify letters on an exam chart, we will apply age-appropriate methods for assessing vision. We may have your child identify pictures, rather than letters of the alphabet.

Once diagnosed and the appropriate prescription determined, correction for myopia is relatively straightforward. While the most common choices are eyeglasses or contact lenses, LASIK procedures or a special contact lenses that are worn only at night are also effective options in 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.

4121 U.S. 98 N. A-140
Lakeland, FL 33809
(863) 859-7100

Computer Vision Syndrome

Spending long hours focused on a computer screen, phone or tablet can take a toll on your eye health and vision. If you’re experiencing headaches, eye irritation, eye fatigue or blurred vision when using a digital device, you may have Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). Our team at the office of Optical Outlets can help guide you towards better practices for keeping your eyes healthy while using a computer and can prescribe corrective lenses or vision therapy if needed.

With the increasing use of technology in today’s face paced workplace, it’s important to address some of the health consequences associated with prolonged time spent in front of a screen. Prioritizing your health while working at a computer is essential to your overall well-being. Digital displays can require the eyes to work harder in a number of ways. Focusing on the same distance point for an uninterrupted length of time can strain the eyes. Screen glare, contrast and flickering lights can also create visual challenges. When you visit our office for a comprehensive examination, we’ll discuss how to create the optimal environment for using your computer to reduce strain on your eyes. Simple changes like adjusting computer height, changing room lighting to reduce glare and enlarging font size can help give your eyes a break. For many, following the 20-20-20 rule helps mitigate symptoms of CVS. This means for every 20 minutes you spend looking at screen, spend 20 seconds viewing something that is 20 feet away. During your exam, we’ll also be able to identify other vision and eye health problems that may be exacerbating CVS. In some cases we may prescribe glasses or contacts for computer use only. If you already wear glasses, your lenses can be coated with an anti-glare material.

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.

4121 U.S. 98 N. A-140
Lakeland, FL 33809
(863) 859-7100

Comprehensive Care to Ensure Healthy Eyes

Myopia, which is commonly referred to as nearsightedness, is the most commonly diagnosed refractive error. While this condition affects people of all ages, the typical age of onset is between 6 and 14 years old. To accurately diagnose myopia and establish an effective course of care, it’s important to see a skilled vision care professional. At the office of Optical Outlets, we provide comprehensive care to ensure healthy eyes and optimal vision for patients of all ages.

People who are nearsighted experience clear vision when viewing objects close up, while objects at a distance appear blurry. Although reading a book may not present any difficulties, seeing road signs while driving is typically more challenging. Myopia occurs as a result of either the eyeball being too long or the cornea too sharply curved. These anomalies causes the eye to focus images in front of the retina, rather than on the surface of the retina. As a result the image of an object that is then sent to the brain is out of focus.

For individuals with myopia, difficulty seeing at a distance can lead to headaches, eye strain and squinting. Without eyeglasses, children that are nearsighted have a difficult time seeing what’s going on at the front of the classroom. This situation can lead to academic difficulties. Fortunately, once any type of refractive error is diagnosed, it can be readily corrected with prescription eyeglasses or contacts lenses as well as other options in care. Eyeglasses and contacts are the most popular choices for improving eyesight in people with myopia. Other options in care include LASIK surgery to permanently reshape the cornea or orthokeratology, which involves temporarily reshaping the cornea with specialized contact lenses that are worn only at night.

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.

4121 U.S. 98 N. A-140
Lakeland, FL 33809
(863) 859-7100