Category Archives: optometrist

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

Tampa Optometrist

Optometrist in Tampa

Tampa Optometrist

Everyone should schedule routine eye exams, and ideally they should occur about once a year. Eye exams are important for people of all ages, especially for children who are still growing and developing. It’s important that a child’s overall eyesight is monitored during this time so that any issues can be addressed immediately. Vision impairments like nearsightedness are not uncommon, and they can be easily treated with the help of glasses, though there are other conditions that may need treatment as well. With the help of our Tampa optometrist here at Optical Outlets, any early developmental problems, vision impairments, and other concerns can be easily addressed and treated as needed.

In addition to issues like nearsightedness, kids are also capable of developing problems like a crossed eyes, lazy eyes, or even childhood cataracts. With early detection, these conditions can be treated in lifelong vision impairments can be avoided. It’s especially important that your child’s eyesight is tested once a year, ideally before school starts. This way, your child is guaranteed to be able to see the board in the classroom as clearly as possible so that they do not have any troubles when it comes to taking notes or learning from their teachers. When it comes to issues like amblyopia, strabismus or other concerns, taking action early can often allow for the condition to completely correct itself and vision impairment can be avoided all together.

Taking care of your child’s eye health is essential, so making sure that you schedule an annual exam for them while they are young is incredibly helpful and should continue for the rest of their young lives and into adulthood as well. If your child is overdue for an eye exam, please call us here at Optical Outlets to set up an appointment to meet with our Tampa optometrist.

 

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