Diagnose 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.

Routine Eye Exams

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.

3740 Park Boulevard
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
(727) 547-4856

Experienced Optometrist

The best way to keep your eyes healthy is to partner with an experienced optometrist and have routine comprehensive eye examinations. At the office of Optical Outlets, our team of eye care professionals provides the highest quality of care to monitor the ongoing health of your eyes as well as diagnose and correct any refractive errors or treat other issues affecting your vision.

One common problem that can affect visual acuity is astigmatism. Astigmatism is a visual impairment that is caused by slight irregularities in the shape of the eye. Normally the human eye is spherical in shape and when light enters the eye, it refracts evenly to create a clear view of the object. With astigmatism the eye is shaped more like a football or the back of a spoon. When light enters an eye with astigmatism it is refracted more towards one direction than the other, which allows only part of the object to be in focus. This refraction error makes objects appear blurry. Astigmatism can be present at birth or can develop later as the result of functional issues. With uncorrected astigmatism, you may experience symptoms such as blurry vision and headaches, eyestrain and fatigue. In some cases, astigmatism may also be accompanied by nearsightedness or farsightedness. And, for the very reason that astigmatism may become worse as you get older, it’s essential to have your eyes checked whenever you feel there has been a change in your vision.

As skilled and experienced providers of vision care, we provide prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses, which correct refractive errors so that you can enjoy the benefits of clear, crisp vision. While mild astigmatism may not need any treatment at all, you may still require corrective lenses. That’s because astigmatism often accompanies nearsightedness or farsightedness. Corrective eyeglass lenses and contact lenses can correct multiple refractive errors at once. For people with astigmatism, special toric contact lenses that have greater light bending power in one direction than the other may be used. In some cases, another means of treating astigmatism that can be effective is a refractive or laser surgery, where the shape of the cornea is changed to make it more spherical.

If you have any of the symptoms of astigmatism or you feel that your vision has changed lately call our office for an appointment.

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.

3740 Park Boulevard
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
(727) 547-4856

Correct Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a common refractive error, which our highly trained eye care professional can diagnose with a comprehensive eye exam. When you visit us at the office of Optical Outlets, we’ll perform a series of comfortable diagnostic tests to evaluate the anatomy and function of your eye. If a refractive error such as astigmatism is detected, we’ll discuss your options in vision correction and provide personalized care to meet your individual needs.

Refractive errors occur when the shape of the eye cannot correctly bend light to focus on the retina. In people with astigmatism, the refractive error is typically caused by an irregularly shaped cornea or eye lens. In order for the cornea to function properly, it should be evenly rounded, like a baseball, but in people with astigmatism, the cornea’s curvature is uneven, like a football. This causes images to appear blurry and stretched out. While myopia makes it difficult to see far away, and hyperopia and presbyopia make it difficult to see close-up, astigmatism affects vision at any distance. To test for astigmatism, our office will have you read from an eye chart to test your vision at varying distances. We’ll also use an instrument called a phoropter to test how your eyes focus light through a variety of different lenses; this will help us determine the right prescription to treat your refractive error. We may also measure the curvature of your cornea and assess the details of your cornea’s shape. To treat astigmatism, prescription eyeglasses are a simple and highly effective solution. Contact lenses can correct astigmatism as well, however, due to the irregular shape of the cornea, regular soft contact lenses may not be a good fit for people with astigmatism. Toric lenses or gas permeable contacts may be a better solution. For some cases, other approaches to care such as vision therapy, orthokeratology and LASIK can also help. There are a wide range of approaches for treating astigmatism, and with the care of our experienced professional team, you can enjoy better eyesight in all your daily activities.

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.

3740 Park Boulevard
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
(727) 547-4856

Enjoy Better Eye Health

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.

3740 Park Boulevard
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
(727) 547-4856

Selection of Designer Frames

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.

3740 Park Boulevard
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
(727) 547-4856

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.

3740 Park Boulevard
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
(727) 547-4856

Prescription Eyeglasses

When you visit us at the office Optical Outlets to choose a pair of designer eyeglass frames, our experienced team of professionals will provide expert guidance to help you look your best. We offer the latest styles and trends in fashionable eyewear and will help find a pair the flatters your face shape and expresses your personality. Whether you’re looking to make a bold statement, appear sophisticated or convey professionalism, you’ll find the frames you desire in our showroom. We’ll find quality eyewear to meet the demands of all aspects of your life, and ensure optimal function and durability from every pair of frames.

Prescription eyeglasses make it possible for people with refractive errors to see clearly, but they can also provide a number of other important functions. With today’s advanced technology in lens design, glasses can also prevent computer eyestrain, protect against UV rays, and block harmful blue light. Of course, finding the right frames to match the function of your glasses is important. While some people have more than one pair of eyeglasses for routine activities, others like stylish options that look great for different occasions or outfits. To help you find glasses that complement your face shape, you’ll want to try on several stylish pairs with the help of a knowledgeable and friendly professional. We’ll help you choose frames that emphasize your best features and fit comfortably. With so many colors, patterns and styles to choose from, shopping for new glasses can be an exciting experience, so take your time when you’re exploring our showroom, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

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.

3740 Park Boulevard
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
(727) 547-4856

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.

3740 Park Boulevard
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
(727) 547-4856

People with Visual Impairments

For many, glasses are an invaluable accessory; they help you see clearly and perform important daily tasks, and you might wear them every day. Finding a pair of frames that flatter your face shape and suit your personal style can help you feel confident and earn you many compliments. At the office of Optical Outlets, our showroom features the latest in designer frames to provide optimal comfort and help you look great. Our team of experienced eyecare professionals will guide you in selecting the right eyewear and will be happy to answer any questions.

Eyeglasses can correct refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia and astigmatism, as well as any combination of these conditions, making it possible for people with visual impairments to enjoy clear, crisp vision. Some people wear glasses throughout the day, while others may only wear glasses to perform certain tasks, like reading or driving. If you’re interested in diversifying your look, you may alternate between wearing glasses and contact lenses. The right eyeglasses not only perform the important function of improving your vision, they are also durable and aesthetically pleasing. With the help of our friendly staff, you’ll enjoy browsing our showroom and trying on a variety of high-end designer frames until you find the perfect pair for you. With our vast selection of colors, materials and shapes, you’ll want to take your time and be discerning when you’re shopping for new frames. People of all ages wear eyeglasses, and for our youngest clients, we’ll help find durable, comfortable frames with fun colors and patterns your child will love. Throughout your visit, we help you and your family feel at ease, and make shopping for frames a positive, stress-free experience.

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.

3740 Park Boulevard
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
(727) 547-4856