Development of Cataracts

While cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide, the prevention and treatment of this condition has come a long way. With proper care, you can protect your vision throughout your life. Routine visits to the office of Optical Outlets allow for the earliest detection of cataracts. By diagnosing cataracts and providing guidance on care, we can help you preserve the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision.

A cataract is a clouding of the eye lens, which causes vision to become blurred and light entering the eye to appear blocked or scattered. If you have cataracts, it may feel like you are always looking through a foggy window. Symptoms can include difficulty reading, sensitivity to light and glare, seeing halos, double vision and poor night vision. During a comprehensive eye exam, we’ll perform a visual acuity test and utilize diagnostic tools to evaluate the overall anatomy of your eyes to accurately diagnose cataracts. In the United States more than 20 million people over the age of 40 have cataracts. Cataracts is often an age-related eye disorder, however factors such as diabetes, steroid use, smoking and excessive sun exposure can also contribute to the development of cataracts. By wearing sunglasses, making healthy lifestyle and dietary choices and visiting our office for periodic exams you can protect the health of your eyes and help to prevent the development of cataracts.

Today, there are a number of treatment options our practice offers for patients with cataracts to help them enjoy improved vision pre-surgically, including anti-glare sunglasses, changing your glasses prescription and magnifying lenses. We also provide post-surgical vision care to monitor the ongoing health of your eyes and provide corrective eyeglasses as needed. Cataract surgery involves removing the damaged lens and replacing it was an artificial lens that allows you to see clearly. With a success rate that tops 98%, cataract surgeries can typically be performed on an outpatient basis with a short procedure that takes less than one hour.

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.

Keeping your Eyes Healthy

Spending long hours focused on a computer screen, phone or tablet can take a toll on your eye health and vision. If you’re experiencing headaches, eye irritation, eye fatigue or blurred vision when using a digital device, you may have Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). Our team at the office of Optical Outlets can help guide you towards better practices for keeping your eyes healthy while using a computer and can prescribe corrective lenses or vision therapy if needed.

With the increasing use of technology in today’s face paced workplace, it’s important to address some of the health consequences associated with prolonged time spent in front of a screen. Prioritizing your health while working at a computer is essential to your overall well-being. Digital displays can require the eyes to work harder in a number of ways. Focusing on the same distance point for an uninterrupted length of time can strain the eyes. Screen glare, contrast and flickering lights can also create visual challenges. When you visit our office for a comprehensive examination, we’ll discuss how to create the optimal environment for using your computer to reduce strain on your eyes. Simple changes like adjusting computer height, changing room lighting to reduce glare and enlarging font size can help give your eyes a break. For many, following the 20-20-20 rule helps mitigate symptoms of CVS. This means for every 20 minutes you spend looking at screen, spend 20 seconds viewing something that is 20 feet away. During your exam, we’ll also be able to identify other vision and eye health problems that may be exacerbating CVS. In some cases we may prescribe glasses or contacts for computer use only. If you already wear glasses, your lenses can be coated with an anti-glare material.

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.

3324 West University Ave. Ste A
Gainesville, Florida 32607
(352) 240-0801

Understanding Computer Vision Syndrome

At the office of Optical Outlets, we provide care to help patients enjoy optimal vision and protect the health of their eyes.

Let’s face it, for many of us looking at a digital screen is a fact of daily life. And, while the benefits of modern technology are undeniable, it’s also becoming increasingly evident that dependence on these devices has consequences on one’s health and overall well-being. With problematic issues such as harsh screen contrast, flicker, and glare, the visual challenges of computer use are numerous. You can also strain your eyes by focusing at the same distance for a lengthy period, or when you shift your gaze from papers on the desk to back up at the screen.

Computer vision syndrome (CVS) is the name given to a group of eye problems and vision-related symptoms caused by prolonged use of hi-tech digital screen devices.

Symptoms of computer vision syndrome, also referred to as digital eyestrain, may include:
• Eye Irritation (dry eyes, itchy eyes, red eyes)
• Double Vision
• Blurred Vision
• Headaches
• Neck, shoulder, or back pain

While computer vision syndrome can affect one’s performance at work, in school, and at home, simple steps such as scheduling regular eye care at our office and establishing healthy computer habits, helps prevent any vision or musculoskeletal problems.

When examining your eyes and assessing your vision, we’ll determine if you need a new prescription for corrective lenses or a special one for working on the computer. We’ll provide guidance on preventing and alleviating symptoms of computer vision syndrome. You’ll also be advised of measures that can be taken to improve your computer-viewing environment and given helpful recommendations about giving your eyes a periodic break.

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.

3324 West University Ave. Ste A
Gainesville, Florida 32607
(352) 240-0801

Choosing the Correct Type of Contact Lenses

Today’s contact lenses offer satisfying and safe solutions to address an extensive range of vision needs. If you are interested in wearing contact lenses, the vision care professionals at the office of Optical Outlets will examine your eyes to determine which type of lenses will provide you with the most accurate and comfortable fit as well as suit your daily vision requirements.

At present over 35 million Americans utilize contact lenses. While most individuals wear contact lenses for corrective purposes, a smaller percentage of people use them for either a therapeutic or cosmetic purpose. Corrective contact lenses are used to provide clear, crisp vision for individuals who are dealing with either one or a combination of vision impairments, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and the age-related loss of close-up vision, which is known as presbyopia.

Choosing the correct type of contact lenses to provide a healthy and comfortable vision experience is based on your prescription, eyes shape and daily needs. Our eye doctor will measure your eyes to select the proper lens type and fit as well as determine the precise amount of vision correction that is required. Thanks to advances in optical technology, today’s contact lenses are not only much more comfortable, versatile and convenient than ever before; they can address an extensive range of vision needs. While for many people getting contact lenses is a routine procedure that offers a relatively quick and easy solution for their vision needs, there are others who fall into the “Hard to Fit” category. Our office also offers hard-to-fit contact lenses for the treatment of eye irregularities related to disease or injury.

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.

3324 West University Ave. Ste A
Gainesville, Florida 32607
(352) 240-0801

A Variety of Designer Frames

At the office of Optical Outlets, we know glasses are not only functional, but also make a fashion statement! That’s why we offer a variety of designer frames for all your fashion needs. Come check them out at your next visit.

Just like the clothes you wear give people a sense of your style, glasses are an integral part of your overall look. You want a style that reflects your personality and how you want others to perceive you. The right glasses can help you make the right first impression!

With the pressure of conveying the look you want, it can be overwhelming to walk into an eyeglasses store and make a decision. You may want different looks for different occasions. A day with your family may call for a more casual look, for a business meeting, you may want to come across as more professional, and for an evening out, a fun-loving look may be what you are going for there.

Designer frames can make the look! Here are a few tips for your decision-making process.

When choosing a frame, consider the different uses you may have, the style you like, and the image you want to project. As a guide, there are some specific shapes and colors to keep in mind as you test out the looks:
• For a professional, conservative look consider classic shapes like oval, round, and almond, and simple colors such as gold, silver, brown, black, and grey.
• For a creative look, consider modern shapes like geometric designs in thicker, multicolored frames.
• For a retro look, consider an oversized shape.
• For a younger look, consider colors like gunmetal, deep browns, a with a shiny hue.

No matter what style (or styles) you ultimately choose, be sure to ask us about the various types of lenses available. For example, polarized sunglass lenses can reduce glare while other tints can help with different situations. We can give you our opinion on your best look—and can guide you in the type of lenses to best fit your needs. So come shopping with us today!

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.

3324 West University Ave. Ste A
Gainesville, Florida 32607
(352) 240-0801

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.

3324 West University Ave. Ste A
Gainesville, Florida 32607
(352) 240-0801

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.

3324 West University Ave. Ste A
Gainesville, Florida 32607
(352) 240-0801

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.

3324 West University Ave. Ste A
Gainesville, Florida 32607
(352) 240-0801

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.

3324 West University Ave. Ste A
Gainesville, Florida 32607
(352) 240-0801

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.

3324 West University Ave. Ste A
Gainesville, Florida 32607
(352) 240-0801