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Most Common Refractive Error

If you find yourself struggling to see objects at a distance, a refractive error known as myopia may be to blame. At the office of Optical Outlets, we utilize advanced technology and methods of care to diagnose and treat myopia. Our goal is to provide the most effective course of care to improve your eye health, vision and overall quality of life.

Studies show that myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is the most common refractive error, affecting 30% of all people in the United States. Typically, if you suffer from myopia, objects that are far away appear blurry; this may make it difficult to read road signs, watch movies, or see the chalkboard from the back of a classroom. You may also experience headaches, double vision and eye strain. Myopia occurs when your eye cannot focus light correctly on the retina. To diagnose myopia, we will perform a comprehensive eye examination, which involves having you read a vision chart and performing tests to assess how light bends as it travels through your cornea and the lens of your eye. Using these advanced diagnostic methods, we can determine the most effective approach for treating your myopia. Our office offers an extensive selection of eyeglasses and contact lenses so that you can enjoy crisp, clear vision. Our experienced, caring team of professionals will determine which type of lenses are best suited for your needs. Your comfort and convenience are our priority throughout your visit, and we are happy to answer any questions to help you make the most informed decisions regarding treatment. Our team of eyecare professionals strives to provide a convenient, stress-free experience for you and your family whenever you visit our office.

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.

227 Brandon Towne Centre Boulevard
Brandon, Florida 33511
(813) 685-1935

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.

227 Brandon Towne Centre Boulevard
Brandon, Florida 33511
(813) 685-1935

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.

227 Brandon Towne Centre Boulevard
Brandon, Florida 33511
(813) 685-1935

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.

227 Brandon Towne Centre Boulevard
Brandon, Florida 33511
(813) 685-1935

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.

227 Brandon Towne Centre Boulevard
Brandon, Florida 33511
(813) 685-1935

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.

227 Brandon Towne Centre Boulevard
Brandon, Florida 33511
(813) 685-1935

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.

227 Brandon Towne Centre Boulevard
Brandon, Florida 33511
(813) 685-1935

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.

227 Brandon Towne Centre Boulevard
Brandon, Florida 33511
(813) 685-1935

Causes of Amblyopia

At the office of Optical Outlets we provide comprehensive care to help every member of your family enjoy better eye health and vision. For our pediatric patients, we aim to provide early intervention for conditions that can affect your child’s eyesight in the long-run. Amblyopia affects approximately 2-3% of children, and can lead to a lifetime of visual difficulties if left untreated. Fortunately, by bringing your child in for periodic eye exams, we can diagnose amblyopia early on, and deliver the most effective course of treatment.

Amblyopia is commonly referred to as lazy eye and it is the most common visual impairment in children. Lazy eye is an apt description, as this condition occurs when the two eyes develop at different rates, leaving one eye weaker than the other. The causes of amblyopia include strabismus, which occurs when the eyes are misaligned, as well as refractive errors and clouding of the eye lens. Because amblyopia typically only affects one eye, and the other eye can see adequately, you may not notice this condition in your child early on, and children with amblyopia in its early stages may not experience any difficulties themselves. During your child’s annual eye exam, our team will perform a visual acuity test to see if vision differs between the two eyes. Treating amblyopia may involve patching the dominant eye; this helps improve vision in the weaker eye and stimulates development in the part of the brain that controls vision. In some cases eye drops can be used to cloud vision in the dominant eye, instead of wearing an eye patch. If amblyopia is caused by a refractive error, we may prescribe corrective lenses. Vision therapy can also play a role in helping the eyes work together. Early detection and treatment of amblyopia is the best way to ensure optimal outcomes 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.

227 Brandon Towne Centre Boulevard
Brandon, Florida 33511
(813) 685-1935

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 eye 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.

227 Brandon Towne Centre Boulevard
Brandon, Florida 33511
(813) 685-1935