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.

9409 U.S. 19N #443
Port Richey, FL 34668
(727) 848-2977

Signs that your child may need eyeglasses

Young children generally don’t let their parents know if they are having trouble seeing – a problem that can impact a child’s performance socially and academically. That’s why it’s important for parents to recognize the potential signs and seek a professional evaluation.

At the office of Optical Outlets, our warm and friendly team is skilled in working with children of all ages. Using advanced diagnostic tools, we will perform a comprehensive eye test to determine whether your child has a vision problem that may possible require eyeglasses.

As a general rule, children should have their first comprehensive eye exam at six months of age, again at age 3, and then just before they enter the first grade — at about age 5 or 6. School-aged children should have an eye exam at least every two years if no vision correction is required. Children who need eyeglasses should be examined annually or as recommended by their eye doctor. Should problems arise, seek an evaluation as soon as possible.

Signs your child may need glasses:
• squinting often
• tilting head or covering one eye
• sitting too close to the television or holding hand-held devices too close to the eyes
• rubbing eyes excessively
• complaining of frequent headaches or eye pain
• having difficulty concentrating on schoolwork

Eyeglasses work to improve how well your child sees — strengthening vision in a weak eye or improving the position of the eyes if they are crossed or misaligned.

Committed to your child’s vision health

At the office of Optical Outlets, our skilled team brings years of professional experience and are highly qualified to evaluate and treat children’s eye problems. If you believe your child is having vision difficulty, we invite you to visit our office for a comprehensive eye exam and, if needed, a fitting for eyeglasses.

9409 U.S. 19N #443
Port Richey, FL 34668
(727) 848-2977

Different contact lenses available for hard-to-fit patients

Our eyes are as unique as we are. Just as no two people are the same, no two sets of eyes are the same. That’s why when it comes to contact lenses, a one-size-fits-all philosophy doesn’t always apply.

The good news is that there are specialized lenses available to adjust to irregular eye shapes, eye conditions, and challenging prescriptions. Using advanced diagnostic tools, the warm and friendly team at the offices of Optical Outlets will help you find comfortable lenses that address your specific eye needs. We will go over options on types of contact lenses that will be most comfortable for you, based upon the eye condition you may have.

A closer look:
A variety of eye conditions can make it hard to wear standard contacts. Some of the most common include:
• Keratoconus: when the cornea thins and then bulges outwards in the shape of a cone
• Dry eyes: burning, red and irritated eyes
• Astigmatism: blurry vision because of an irregular cornea
• Corneal scarring; post-corneal transplant
• Post-LASIK, or other refractive procedures

Committed to good vision

Fortunately, contacts come in a vast range of types – even for the most complex, hard-to-fit eyes. At the office of Optical Outlets, our skilled team has years of professional experience and is highly qualified in prescribing the best contact lenses for you. If you have not experienced success with contacts or you’ve been told in the past that they are not an option to correct your vision, we invite you to visit our office for a comprehensive eye exam and fitting.

9409 U.S. 19N #443
Port Richey, FL 34668
(727) 848-2977

Port Richey Optometry

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.

9409 U.S. 19N #443
Port Richey, FL 34668
(727) 848-2977

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.

9409 U.S. 19N #443
Port Richey, FL 34668
(727) 848-2977

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.

9409 U.S. 19N #443
Port Richey, FL 34668
(727) 848-2977

Periodic Eye Examinations

Your eye health and vision play an important role in your overall quality of life. At the office of Optical Outlets we provide comprehensive eye care for patients of all ages, making it easier to bring your whole family for their eye exams at one convenient, state-of-the-art location. We personalize care to meet the individual needs of each member of your family, and strive to make every visit to our office a positive, stress-free experience.

For children, parents and grandparents alike, periodic eye examinations are essential for preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions that can compromise your vision. Many common refractive errors, such as myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism can be diagnosed in childhood with a routine eye care. If your child has a visual impairment, corrective lenses, vision therapy and other treatments can help him or her reach important developmental milestones and thrive socially and academically. For those children who require eyeglasses, our showroom offers an extensive selection of colorful eyewear with fun designs your child will love to wear. We’ll also discuss with you and every member of your family the best ways to protect your eyes from becoming compromised by injury or sun exposure. Because of the impact UV rays have on eyesight, sunglasses are crucial for people of all ages. A good pair of sunglasses helps protect against macular degeneration and cataracts, which are leading causes of vision loss in people over 40. Not only is macular degeneration more common in older adults, but presbyopia, glaucoma and cataracts are also more likely to develop with age. For this reason it’s important to schedule a baseline eye exam to tests for these conditions at the age of 40. Presbyopia, can be corrected with reading glasses, bifocals or progressive lenses. While glaucoma is not curable, it can be managed to prevent against further vision loss if detected early on.

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.

9409 U.S. 19N #443
Port Richey, FL 34668
(727) 848-2977

Prescription Eyeglass Lenses

Most refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, can be easily corrected with the right eyeglass prescription. With the right pair of eyeglasses, you can improve your vision, eye health and overall quality of life. At the office of Optical Outlets we provide an extensive selection of designer frames that are fabricated from the highest quality materials as well as designed to suit your personal style. Our experienced team of eyecare professionals is dedicated to helping you find a pair that suits your lifestyle, complements your face in every way, and enables you to enjoy a clear, crisp view.

With today’s state-of-the-art prescription eyeglass lenses, your glasses can perform many different functions. In addition to correcting refractive errors, glasses can also address Computer Vision Syndrome, have lenses that transition into sunglasses, or be worn to protect your eyes from sports or work-related injuries. You may even have one pair of glasses for reading, or another for driving. In addition to finding the right lenses for each purpose, you’ll also want to find the most aesthetically pleasing eyeglass frames. We prioritize both style and function in our selection of frames. Not only will our experts guide you in choosing a great looking pair of eyeglasses, but we will also help you select the right materials for your frames. Today, plastics and metals are the most commonly used materials for eyeglass frames. With plastic frames, you can choose from a variety of colors and styles in many different price ranges. We also stock metal frames, which are durable and great looking as well. If you’re wondering what shape of frame best suits your face, our experts will provide advice as they assist you in trying on a variety of attractive eyeglasses. Keep in mind that it’s important to select frames that provide adequate coverage, while not restricting your field of vision. As skilled providers of care, we take the time to answer any questions and provide personalized, friendly service throughout your visit.

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.

9409 U.S. 19N #443
Port Richey, FL 34668
(727) 848-2977

Computer Vision Syndrome

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.

9409 U.S. 19N #443
Port Richey, FL 34668
(727) 848-2977

Pleasing Pair of Eyeglasses

At the office of Optical Outlets, we offer an extensive selection of designer frames to help you enjoy crisp, clear vision, while also looking your best. Our experienced, friendly professional staff will help you select eyewear that meets your personal needs and suits your unique sense of style. We offer a wide selection of frames and are equipped to fit you with a well-made, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing pair of eyeglasses.

Whether you’re shopping for your first set of frames or you’re ready to update your look, our experienced team of eyecare professionals is here to guide you in the process of finding the perfect pair of glasses. To determine the right set of frames for you, we’ll consider the primary function of your eyewear. Depending on whether you wear your glasses for reading, driving, sun protection or for all-around use, we’ll be able to find a pair of frames that are comfortable, durable and of course, stylish. Feel free to explore our showroom and try on different frames with the help of our accommodating professional team. By offering the latest selection of designer frames right in our office, we make it easy and convenient to get your eyes examined and find beautiful new eyewear all in one state-of-the-art location. We also offer a selection of contact lenses and can help fit you with ones that address your specific needs. Our goal is to help you enjoy clear, crisp vision, while allowing you to express your fashion sense and feel confident in your appearance. Our team makes shopping for new glasses a stress-free experience, helping you feel comfortable and at ease as soon as you walk through our doors.

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.

9409 U.S. 19N #443
Port Richey, FL 34668
(727) 848-2977