Comprehensive Eye Examination

As everyone can agree, advances in computer technology improve productivity, give us greater access to entertainment and allow us to be in touch easily with family and friends. While the advantages of technological progress are evident, it’s important to acknowledge that there are also health consequences associated with increased screen time. Looking at a computer, cellphone, tablet or e-reader for too many hours a day can affect your eyesight, causing what is called Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). If you experience eye strain, irritation, headaches or difficulty seeing when using a digital device, visit us at the office Optical Outlets. We’ll perform a comprehensive eye examination to identify CVS and determine an effective approach to treatment.

While computers can make life easier, you’d be surprised to know that they can create many challenges for your eyes. Your eyes have to work hard as they focus at the same distance point for a prolonged period and may become fatigued. Flickering screens and glare create added strain, and switching your focus from paper to screen also require your eyes to rapidly adjust. If you have an existing vision impairment, CVS may be more pronounced. If you’re experiencing symptoms of CVS, schedule an appointment with our office. We’ll perform a comprehensive exam to rule out other conditions and create a treatment plan to alleviate the symptoms. In some cases, you may be required to wear specialized lenses for computer use only. If you wear corrective lenses already, your prescription may be modified or you may need a new prescription for computer use. Simple adjustments, such as altering the brightness or contrast on your screen, enlarging font size and changes in lighting to minimize glare can also help mitigate CVS. As skilled and experienced providers of care, we take the time to advise you as to how you can create a healthier computer-viewing environment.

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.

Protection Against Vision Loss

Conditions affecting your overall bodily health and wellbeing can also take a toll on your eye health and vision. Diabetes is a serious disease that can damage multiple organ systems, including your eyes. When not properly controlled, diabetes increases your risk for developing harmful eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts. At the office of Optical Outlets we provide comprehensive care to help people living with diabetes prevent these problems and protect against vision loss. We focus on early detection, and providing the appropriate guidance as well as care to help safeguard your eyesight.

Diabetes occurs when the body fails to produce enough insulin or becomes resistant to insulin, which causes blood sugar levels to become elevated. Regulating insulin levels is of the utmost importance for managing diabetes. Whether you have Type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune disorder acquired at birth, or Type 2 diabetes, which develops later in life, managing your blood sugar levels through diet, exercise and taking insulin is key. Chronically high blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels in the eye over time, causing diabetic retinopathy. The retina is the part of the eye that transmits visual information to the brain, and when it becomes damaged, you may experience dark spots floating in your field of vision, blurred vision and eye pain. Generally the onset of symptoms does not occur until the disease has progressed. People who have diabetes are also a greater risk for developing cataracts and glaucoma. Fortunately, with regularly scheduled eye examinations, we can detect these conditions early in their onset and provide ongoing care to help protect your vision and monitor the health of your eyes.

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.

39310 US Hwy 19 North
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
(727) 756-1220

A Cure for Your Dry Eye

Do you suffer from dry eye? If so, you are like millions of others who experience the eye irritation, burning, stinging, or blurry vision associated with this disorder. At the office of Optical Outlets, we provide compassionate, personalized eye care to treat a wide range of conditions. Although there may not be a cure for your dry eye, there are many treatment options available to relieve its symptoms. As a first step in care, we’ll evaluate your case and create an individualized treatment plan to meet your needs.

Ordinarily, each time you close your eyes or blink, a layer of moisture spreads across your cornea, washing away debris and lubricating your eyes. With dry eye, the tears that are meant to moisturize, clean and protect your eyes, are either low in quality, or evaporate, leaving your eyes un-replenished, and irritated. This can be caused by aging, environmental factors, certain medications, long-term contact lens wear, hormonal changes, autoimmune diseases (such as Sjögren’s Syndrome), or a variety of contributing factors. Our optometrist can examine your eyes and help determine the best treatments to keep moisture in your eyes. Certain lifestyle and environmental factors can be changed, providing relief in some cases. For instance, quitting smoking or avoiding cigarette smoke can make a big difference in the dryness of your eyes. Reducing the amount of air that blows into your eyes, such as when you’re driving or drying your hair. Even deciding to wear glasses or shades on days when it’s windy outside can help provide relief. It’s also important to take breaks from looking at a computer screen. Long periods of time spent staring at a screen can keep your eyes from blinking as much as they should, resulting in the depletion of moisture and protective tears that lubricate your eyes.

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.

39310 US Hwy 19 North
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
(727) 756-1220

Development of Chronic Dry Eye

Chronic dry eye is a common condition that not only causes persistent discomfort, but it can also compromise your vision. With chronic dry eye, you do not have enough quality tears to lubricate, nourish and protect your eyes. At the office of Optical Outlets we’ll perform a comprehensive examination as well as discuss your symptoms and review your medical history to diagnose this condition and recommend an appropriate course of care.

Dry eye can present with a number of unpleasant symptoms; including an itchy, burning sensation, blurred vision, eye fatigue or excessive tearing. There are a number of factors which can contribute to dry eye; certain medications, medical conditions and environmental causes can all play a role. The aging also contributes to the development of dry eye, as the amount of tears we produce declines as we get older. Additionally, recent studies show that spending long periods of time looking at a digital screen can be associated with the development of dry eye. It’s wise for computer users and video game afficionados to take breaks and rest their eyes periodically.

Although dry eye rarely causes complications, advanced cases might cause damage to the front surface of the eye. As part of your eye exam, we’ll examine your eyelids, evaluate your blink dynamics and inspect your cornea. We’ll also perform diagnostic tests to evaluate the quantity and quality of your tears. Fortunately, there are a number of effective treatment options to alleviate the symptoms of dry eye. Artificial tears in the form of eye drops and ointments can help minimize dryness and keep your eyes healthy. Anti-inflammatory eyedrops or medication may be recommended as well as drops that increase tear production. In some cases, a tear duct procedure may be suggested to help conserve natural tears and prevent them from draining away.

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.

39310 US Hwy 19 North
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
(727) 756-1220

Symptoms of Dry Eyes

Healthy eyes require adequate lubrication, protection and nourishment from a thin layer of tears at all times. When not enough tears are present to cover the eye, a condition called dry eyes may develop. This condition can compromise the quality of vision as well as interfere with your daily activities. At the office of Optical Outlets, we’ll determine if you’re affected by this condition and recommend an appropriate course of care to restore visual comfort and function.

Dry eyes can occur for a number of reasons; either the eye fails to produce enough tears, the quality of tears is poor or the tears evaporate too quickly. This can be attributed to factors such as aging, the use of certain medications, medical conditions like diabetes and arthritis, and conditions that make it difficult to blink, such as Bell’s palsy. Dry eyes can also occur if you spend too long looking at a computer or microscope, as well as exposure to windy, smoky environments.

If you’re experiencing stinging, burning or scratchy eyes, notice there is mucus surrounding your eyes, or you’re experience intermittent tearing, be sure to discuss these symptoms with our office. Diagnosed cases of dry eye are sometimes addressed with artificial tears in the form of eye drops and ointments to help alleviate discomfort and keep the eyes moist and healthy. Anti-inflammatory medications may also be recommended for some patients. It’s also helpful to wear sunglasses or protective goggles to help reduce exposure to wind and sun, which can dry your eyes. By using a humidifier if you live in a dry climate, you can retain moisture in your living space to reduce the symptoms of dry eyes.

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.

39310 US Hwy 19 North
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
(727) 756-1220

Mitigate the Symptoms of Eye Allergies

If your eyes are red, itchy, watery or swollen, schedule an appointment with the office of Optical Outlets for an eye examination. In many cases, these symptoms may be indicative of allergies, also referred to as allergic conjunctivitis. As part of your diagnostic workup, we’ll review your history and evaluate your eyes to determine if allergies are the cause of your discomfort, or if another condition is responsible for your symptoms. You can rest assured that your eye health is in the best of hands, our state-of-the-art office provides a complete menu of eyecare services designed to address the needs of every member of your family.

As our windows to the world, our eyes are vulnerable to irritation from a variety of environmental substances. Eye allergens are often caused by airborne substances, both indoors and outdoors. Seasonal allergic conjunctivitis is a common cause of outdoor eye allergies. This condition may be caused by airborne allergens from grass, trees, weeds and mold spots. A year round eye allergy, also called perennial allergic conjunctivitis, might also be due to indoor irritants such as pet dander, perfume, smoke and dust. Moreover, food allergies can also irritate the eyes. Of course, avoiding the substances that may trigger an allergic reaction is the first step in care; this can mean staying inside and keeping windows shut when the pollen count is high, and reducing the presence of mold inside your home. Prescription eye drops and medications can also help mitigate the symptoms of eye allergies. If needed, allergy shots may also be recommended to provide relief and improve your quality of life. Whatever the case may be, we’ll provide you with the guidance and care needed to alleviate your symptoms and restore visual comfort.

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.

39310 US Hwy 19 North
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
(727) 756-1220

Treating Eye Allergies

Do your eyes itch and water every spring when the flowers bloom? Or perhaps your eyes are red and puffy year round, and you aren’t quite sure why. In many cases, allergic conjunctivitis, also known as eye allergies, are to blame. At the office of Optical Outlets we’ll evaluate your symptoms and perform a comprehensive examination to accurately diagnose eye allergies and recommend an effective course of care. Our experienced team of eye care professionals will guide you ways to reduce exposure to allergens, and recommend eye drops or medications to help manage your symptoms, if indicated.

Eye allergies, like all allergic reactions, occurs when the immune system overreacts to the presence of a common environmental substance, thereby releasing histamine and other chemicals into the bloodstream. Season allergic conjunctivitis is the most common type of eye allergy, and is caused by outdoor allergens like pollen, weeds and grass. If you have a seasonal eye allergy, it a good idea whenever possible to avoid situations that trigger your symptoms, like walking by a freshly mowed lawn. Also, it can help to wear glasses or sunglasses that protect your eyes from coming into contact with allergens. If your eye allergies occur year round, you may have perennial allergic conjunctivitis, which is typically caused by household allergens that are present daily, such as pet dander, dust, mold and smoke. Because eye allergies often exhibit symptoms that are similar to other eye conditions, our eye doctor will perform a comprehensive examination to rule out other causes. As part of your exam, we may also examine your eye with a specialized scope that checks for the presence of certain cells indicative that are indicative of an allergic reaction. Treating eye allergies depends on the type of allergy and its severity. In many cases, prescription eye drops and medications can alleviate your symptoms. In some causes immunotherapy shots may be recommended to manage allergic reactions.

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.

39310 US Hwy 19 North
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
(727) 756-1220

Suffering with an Eye Allergy

Many people suffer with eyes that are red, watery, itchy, tearing or burning. Often these conditions are caused by eye allergies, also called allergic conjunctivitis. While a great many people with these symptoms just ignore them and assume that they are simply due to another condition such as a cold or nasal issue, they may in fact be the result of an allergy. At the office of Optical Outlets we can diagnose an eye allergy, as well as prescribe treatments to alleviate your discomfort.

Eye allergies are brought on by exposure to an allergen, which can be triggered by either indoor or outside irritants. Eye allergies develop when the body’s immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to something in the environment that typically causes no problem in most people. An allergic reaction can occur when that “something” comes in contact with antibodies attached to the mast cells in your eyes. The cells respond by releasing histamine and other substances or chemicals that cause tiny blood vessels to leak and the eyes to become itchy, red and watery. Indoor triggers include items such as pet dander, dust mites and mold, while outside allergens include pollen from grass, trees and weeds. Irritants such as smoke, perfume, car and truck exhaust, as well as diesel fumes, can also cause eye allergies. Because eye allergies can exhibit similar symptoms to other diseases of the eye, it’s important to visit our eye doctor for an eye examination to attain an accurate diagnosis. If swollen blood vessels and inflammation of the conjunctiva is present, it’s possible that you are suffering with an eye allergy. Depending on the severity of the allergy, there are many treatment options, ranging from over-the-counter eye drops to prescription medications that are designed to calm the allergy. Of course, identifying and avoiding the trigger allergens is an essential component 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.

39310 US Hwy 19 North
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
(727) 756-1220

Vision and Corneal Health

At the office of Optical Outlets, our experienced optometrist and team of eyecare professionals can provide medical contact lenses for patients with a diverse range of vision needs. Dedicated to providing the highest quality of care, our office keeps pace with advanced technology and treatment methods to provide the most appropriate, comfortable, and effective contact lenses to improve our patients’ eyesight. Our goal is to help everyone who comes to our office for care maintain healthy eyes and enjoy optimal vision.

Medical contact lenses can help restore normal vision for patients with certain corneal irregularities, including keratoconus. Your cornea is the clear structure at the front of the eye, responsible for focusing light that passes through on its way to the retina. While in a healthy eye, the cornea curves like a dome, in an eye with keratoconus, the center of the cornea gradually begins to thin and bulge, forming a cone shape that distorts your vision. To evaluate this condition and determine a course of care that is right for you, our skilled and experienced optometrist will provide a comprehensive eye examination, which includes a visual acuity test, slit-lamp examination and corneal topography imaging. Our team offers a variety of effective options to treat keratoconus and correct the associated vision problems. These options include rigid gas permeable lenses, soft lenses and hybrid lenses. By using the latest technology in medical contacts, we can fit you with lenses that feel comfortable while improving your vision and corneal health. Our team will create a personalized treatment plan to meet your individual needs. We’ll also address any questions you may have throughout treatment, to help you make the most informed decisions regarding your 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.

39310 US Hwy 19 North
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
(727) 756-1220

Issues Affecting Your Vision and Eye Health

Visiting your optometrist for a routine examination is essential to maintaining the health of your eyes as well as clear, crisp vision. At the office of Optical Outlets, you can rest assured that your family’s eye care is in the very best of hands. Using the most advanced diagnostic tools, our skilled and experienced eye doctor will perform a comprehensive eye exam to assess the quality of your vision and check for any emerging conditions that may affect the health of your eyes.

Our experienced team of eyecare professionals is committed to keeping pace with the latest technological advances, providing you and every member of your family with the highest quality of care. Using state-of-the-art equipment, we’ll precisely diagnose issues affecting your vision and eye health and provide accurate, reliable care. As part of your periodic visit, our optometrist will review your medical and vision histories and then perform a clinical exam to test visual acuity and check for problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia or astigmatism. Our eye doctor will also evaluate you for any other diseases, injuries, or medical conditions that may affect your eyes and vision. After your eye exam is completed, we’ll indicate if any corrective lenses are needed, and which ones would be best suited for you. We recommend bringing children in for eye exams as well, so that if any vision problems are present, they can be treated and not interfere with any daily activities or affect your child’s ability to learn and acquire new skills in school or at play. With our wide selection of glasses and contact lenses,we can help you and every member of your family find eyewear that suits your needs and lifestyles. We boast a stylish collection of designer frames, and contacts customized for maximum comfort and convenience.

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.

39310 US Hwy 19 North
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
(727) 756-1220