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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

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