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.

4848 S Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34231
(941) 925-2010

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.

4848 S Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34231
(941) 925-2010

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.

4848 S Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34231
(941) 925-2010

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.

4848 S Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34231
(941) 925-2010

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.

4848 S Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34231
(941) 925-2010

Information About Cataract Surgery

Blurred vision could be a sign of cataracts. At the office of Optical Outlets, we can provide a proper diagnosis and make sure you get the care you need!

What Are Cataracts?

Cataracts are films that form in the lens of the eye that can impair your vision. This is a very common condition for both men and women aged 60 and over. If you do have cataracts, rest assured, they can be removed and your vision will be restored.

What Causes Cataracts?

Cataracts form due to a breakdown of the protein in the lens of your eye. This is a normal part of the aging process and usually develops slowly, over time. When the protein breaks down it can result in cloudy vision.

Some other causes of cataracts include:
• Family history of cataracts
• Diabetes
• Certain eye injuries
• Sun damage
• Certain medications such as corticosteroids

It’s always important to wear anti-UV ray sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun. This can even help slow the development of cataracts. We can discuss with you the best ways to care for your eyes and provide a referral if you would like to get more information about cataract surgery.

Getting a Cataract Diagnosis

We will perform an eye exam to determine if you do have cataracts. You may have them in one or both eyes. If you do, we will refer you to an ophthalmologist to determine if surgery is right for you. Sometimes glasses alone are all that’s needed to correct the vision issue. However, it can be very helpful to have the cataracts removed if you are having trouble seeing or driving or performing your every day activities. It’s typically not an emergency procedure, so you can take time to consider your surgical 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.

4848 S Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34231
(941) 925-2010

Clouding of the Eye Lens

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.

4848 S Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34231
(941) 925-2010

34231 kids eyewear

It can be hard to convince your little one that she needs to wear eyeglasses. If your child needs corrective eyewear but is refusing to wear the prescription eyeglasses, fortunately, there is a simple solution. Going to a high-quality practice that has great selection of 34231 kids eyewear can make a world of difference.

34231 kids eyewear

When you choose Optical Outlets, you’ll be in great hands. Once our optometrist provides your child with an eyeglass prescription, our frame specialists will help to find attractive, youthful, fashionable 34231 kids eyewear she’ll want to wear. Our friendly, knowledgeable frame specialists are experienced with working with children and can assist you in finding frames that they’ll enjoy wearing.  We carry an extensive selection of various types of frames including many designer brands. Our designer brands include but aren’t limited to: Hugo Boss, Nike Vision, Kenneth Cole, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, J-Lo, Saks Fifth Avenue, Giorgio Armani, Dior, Liz Claiborne and so much more. If you’re interested in a specific designer, please ask our frame experts so they can check to see if we carry it. If your children prefer contact lenses and are comfortable with them, we can assist with that as well.  We have a very large selection of contact lenses which includes: soft and hard contacts, extended wear and daily wear. Our frame experts will do everything possible to ensure that your child is happy and comfortable with her glasses. With our highly trained opticians and our large selection of quality eyewear, we’re certain you’ll find the right fit for your child. If you need glasses too, you’re in luck. We also carry a fa selection of eyewear for adults. In fact, we are equipped to assist your whole family with their eye care needs.

Get the 34231 kids eyewear your child needs today. Call us to set up your appointment. We look forward to assisting you.

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.

4848 S Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34231
(941) 925-2010

Sarasota contacts

Sarasota Contacts

Contact lens exams and fittings in Sarasota

Optical Outlets is a Sarasota contacts office that provides comprehensive exams as well as treatment for eye conditions and diseases such as glaucoma or cataracts. Eye care is essential to keeping your eyes healthy on an annual basis. Patient should make sure that they come in for an eye exam at least once per year, to have the eyes checked especially if they wear glasses, but also to check their eye health as they get older. Diseases such as glaucoma and cataracts can set in overtime, as noted. If you are experiencing any vision changes at all, call our offices immediately.

Multifocal Sarasota contacts lens allow wearers to wear their lenses longer and without the sacrifice of comfort. These lenses provide balanced and clear vision for near, far and in-between vision problems. We also offer hard contact lenses, better known as gas permeable or GP lenses. These lenses take longer to get used to, but offer a much sharper vision correction to patients.These types of lenses are good for patients who suffer from astigmatism or nearsightedness.

For your first contact lens exam and fitting, we will first perform a regular eye exam to make sure everything is good health-wise with your eyes. If so, we will then prescribe a set of lenses for you to take home.

4848 S Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34231
(941) 925-2010