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.

14390 North Dale Mabry Hwy.
Tampa, FL 33618
(813) 962-1799

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.

14390 North Dale Mabry Hwy.
Tampa, FL 33618
(813) 962-1799

Corrective Eye Treatment

Are you sick of wearing contacts or glasses to correct your vision, but unsure if surgery is right for you? At the office of Optical Outlets, we can talk to you about another, non-surgical option called ortho-k.

What is Ortho-k?
Ortho-k is short for orthokeratology. It’s a non-surgical, corrective eye treatment prescribed by our office. The great thing about ortho-k is that unlike LASIK, it does not require a surgical procedure. Instead, ortho-k is a process that corrects vision using a special contact lens that reshapes the cornea.

What’s involved?
To determine if ortho-k is a good option for you, your doctor will complete a thorough eye exam to ensure your eyes are healthy and check your vision. If you and your doctor think you are a good candidate for ortho-k, the next step is to get fitted for the lenses. Typically, you will be instructed to wear the lenses at night for about one to four weeks. Throughout this period, you will have regular check ups to ensure the lenses are working correctly.

Is Ortho-k Right for You?
Ortho-k is usually recommended to correct nearsightedness. Some questions to think about when considering if ortho-k is right for you include:
• Do your have a hard time wearing contact lenses due to allergies or dry eye?
• Do your contacts or glasses get in the way of working, playing sports, or going about your daily activities?
• Is your eyesight getting worse every year?
• Would you prefer not to have contacts or glasses?

If you answered yes to these questions, ortho-k may be a good choice for you. It is a safe alternative to surgery that can have a positive impact on your life. Talk to us about it, and we can help you make an informed decision.

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.

14390 North Dale Mabry Hwy.
Tampa, FL 33618
(813) 962-1799

Orthokeratology Treatment

If you dream of seeing clearly without the restriction of eyewear or the invasiveness of surgery, visit us at the office of Optical Outlets to find out if you’re a candidate for orthokeratology treatment. Ortho-k helps correct the curvature of the cornea while you sleep, eliminating the need for any corrective daytime eyewear. Our highly trained optometrist and professional team will customize treatment to meet your individual needs, prioritizing your comfort and convenience throughout your course of care.

Ortho-k lenses can effectively help children and adults who suffer from nearsightedness and astigmatism see more clearly. These lenses can correct refractive errors by gently reshaping the cornea, which is the outermost surface of the eye. When the cornea’s degree of curvature is too great relative to the length of the eyeball, or when the eyeball is too long relative to the focusing power of the cornea, nearsightedness can occur. Nearsightedness can be diagnosed with a visual acuity test during your comprehensive eye exam. If you experience difficulty seeing objects that are far away, such as road signs, movie screens or the blackboard at school, be sure to discuss these symptoms with our optometrist. To design your customized ortho-k lenses, we’ll determine the degree of correction needed and utilize advanced technology to map the exact curvature of your cornea. Ortho-k lenses are just like regular contacts, only you wear them while you sleep and take them out in the morning to enjoy clear vision throughout your day. Our team will take the time to teach you how to properly utilize and care for your lenses, for the most effective outcome of treatment.

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.

14390 North Dale Mabry Hwy.
Tampa, FL 33618
(813) 962-1799

Common Refractive Eye Condition

Orthokeratology uses gas permeable contact lenses, which are worn only at night, to temporarily reshape the structure of the cornea. By wearing these specialized contact lenses while you sleep, you can enjoy the benefits of seeing clearly throughout the day without corrective eyewear. At the office of Optical Outlets, we provide this advanced, non-invasive and nighttime only method of care to dramatically improve your vision and allow you to see clearly throughout the day.

Nearsightedness or myopia is the most common refractive eye condition. If you suffer from myopia, objects at a distance, such as road signs or the chalkboard at school may appear blurry. You may find yourself squinting, straining your eyes and experiencing headaches when trying to view objects from far away. With the prevalence of computers and smartphones, myopia appears to be on the rise, as prolonged focusing on a screen may contribute to this condition. Myopia occurs when the cornea or lens is too curved for the length of eye or when the eyeball is too long relative to curvature of the cornea. To diagnose myopia, your eye doctor will perform a comprehensive examination, using a visual acuity chart and diagnostic tools to measure your vision and the structure of your cornea. To correct myopia our optometrist can customize ortho-k contact lenses that are designed specifically to address your individual eye anatomy and level of correction needed. Ortho-k contact lenses temporarily reshape the cornea, which is the dome-like outermost surface of your eye. In conditions such as nearsightedness, the curvature of the cornea can affect how light is refracted and transmitted to the retina. This treatment is non-surgical, reversible and allows you the freedom of not having to wear prescription contact lenses or eyeglasses at all during the day!

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.

14390 North Dale Mabry Hwy.
Tampa, FL 33618
(813) 962-1799

Commonly Used to Treat Myopia

At the office of Optical Outlets, we keep pace with the most advanced technology and treatment methods to protect your eye health and vision. As part of our ongoing commitment to provide the most advanced options in care, our office now offers orthokeratology treatment. Orthokeratology works to reshape your cornea while you sleep, so that you won’t have to worry about corrective eyewear throughout your day.

Orthokeratology corrects refractive errors by temporarily modifying the curvature of your cornea while you sleep. Orthokeratology is most commonly used to treat myopia, also known as nearsightedness, as well as astigmatism. The specialized gas-permeable lens temporarily flattens the cornea, while you sleep, to allow light to properly focus on the retina throughout the day. Each night, you simply wear your ortho-k lenses while you sleep, and then take then out in the morning to enjoy crisp, clear vision. With ortho-k, you won’t have to worry about wearing glasses or contacts during the day, making it a great option for athletes, children and people with dry eye conditions. Our experienced optometrist utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to comfortably assess the curvature of your cornea and to determine the level of vision correction that is needed. We will then customize your lenses to precisely meet your needs. Throughout your course of care, we’ll keep you informed and relaxed, addressing any questions related to your treatment. Your ortho-k lenses are comfortable, easy to care for and deliver prompt, effective results when you begin wearing them. If you are tired of the limitations of your glasses or contacts, visit our office to find out if you’re a candidate for for ortho-k. Our experienced team of professionals will provide a thorough eye examination to determine the best solutions 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.

14390 North Dale Mabry Hwy.
Tampa, FL 33618
(813) 962-1799

Daytime Corrective Lenses

At the office of Optical Outlets, we utilize advanced technology and the latest treatment methods to provide care that is more convenient and better able to address your vision needs. With orthokeratology treatment, our experienced professional team can correct refractive errors to help you see better and more comfortably while eliminating the need for daytime corrective lenses. Thanks to innovative optical technology, you only need to wear specialized contact lenses while you sleep to enjoy the benefits of clear, crisp vision throughout the day!

Orthokeratology uses is a type of gas permeable contact lenses that function by gently reshaping your cornea while you sleep. This remarkable approach to care allows you to see clearly without the assistance of eyeglasses or contact lenses once you wake up and throughout the day. With ortho-k, we can temporarily correct a refractive error called myopia, also known as nearsightedness. One of the most common refractive errors, myopia occurs when the cornea is too long or too curved in relation to the length and shape of the eyeball. Currently affecting more than 40% of the adult population in the United States, the incidence of this refractive error continues to rise. In certain cases, ortho-k treatment can slow the progress of childhood myopia.

Ortho-k can also help treat astigmatism, which is another type of refractive error that causes blurred vision at any distance. Our experienced and highly skilled eye doctor understands the complexities of treating all types of refractive errors and will design a vision care plan that helps you to see clearly and protects the health of your eyes. As one of the first steps in care for orthokeratology treatment, we’ll evaluate the curvature of your cornea to determine the degree of correction that is needed. Your ortho-k lenses are then precisely fitted to your eye’s anatomy for maximal comfort while you sleep and optimal correction throughout the day. As knowledgeable and compassionate providers of care, our team offers detailed guidance on how to properly wear and maintain your new lenses, and is happy to answer any questions that arise at any time. Our goal is to make it easier than ever to achieve better eye health and vision.

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.

14390 North Dale Mabry Hwy.
Tampa, FL 33618
(813) 962-1799

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.

14390 North Dale Mabry Hwy.
Tampa, FL 33618
(813) 962-1799

Corrections for Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a refractive error, which means the eye’s ability to properly focus light to create a clear image is impaired. However, with vision care, all types of refractive errors can be corrected. Routine eye exams are essential at every stage of life, especially if you are experiencing difficulty seeing images clearly up close, at a distance, or both. By scheduling an appointment to visit us at the office of Optical Outlets, you can rest assured that you’ll receive exceptional eye care from an experienced team of professionals.

If you experience blurred vision, eye strain and difficulty seeing at night, be sure to discuss these symptoms with an eye care professional, as they may indicate astigmatism. While people with myopia struggle to see distant objects, and people with presbyopia or hyperopia struggle to see up close, astigmatism affects vision at any range of distance. To accurately diagnose astigmatism, our eye doctor will perform a comprehensive eye exam, which includes a visual acuity test and other diagnostic methods to assess the anatomy and function of your eye. Astigmatism is caused by irregularities in the curvature of the cornea or eye lens. The irregular shape of the cornea causes light to refract in more than one direction, allowing only part of an image to focus properly at any given time. It’s important to keep in mind that astigmatism can also occur along with other refractive errors, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness. The good news is that with optical technology- all types of refractive errors can be corrected at once with eyeglass lenses or contact lenses.

As skilled and compassionate providers of care, we’ll discuss the different treatment options available for treating astigmatism, and will provide you with a prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses as indicated. While the most popular and effective corrections for astigmatism remain eyeglasses and contact lenses, another possible approach to care is orthokeratology. With this treatment method, you simply wear specialized contact lenses while you sleep to temporarily corrects the irregular shape of the cornea to give you clear vision throughout the day. In certain patients, a LASIK procedure can also provide a solution for astigmatism. Whatever your situation may be, you can feel confident that our office will guide you in determining a course of care that best meets your individual needs. Throughout your course of care, we’ll be happy to answer any questions and address all your concerns.

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.

14390 North Dale Mabry Hwy.
Tampa, FL 33618
(813) 962-1799

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.

14390 North Dale Mabry Hwy.
Tampa, FL 33618
(813) 962-1799