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.

Approaches to Improve Your Eye Health

At the office of Optical Outlets , we utilize state-of-the-art approaches to improve your eye health and vision. Your ocular health is an important component of your overall health and well-being. When you visit our optometry office, you can rest assured that we are well equipped to meet your full range of needs. Conditions such as diabetes can increase your risk of vision loss, but with comprehensive eye examinations, we can diagnose diabetic retinopathy early on and recommend an appropriate course of treatment.

Diabetic retinopathy refers to a type of vision loss in people diagnosed with diabetes; this condition occurs when blood sugar levels rise and damage the retinal blood vessels. The onset of this condition may not present with any symptoms at first, which is why periodic eye examinations are of the utmost importance. As the condition progresses, your vision may become blurry or large floaters may appear in your field of vision. When you visit our optometry office, we will thoroughly examine the anatomy of the retina using a special instrument called an ophthalmoscope. If our optometrist discovers that diabetic retinopathy is present, we will perform further testing to determine the extent of it. Prevention is key when it comes to this condition, and it is important to talk to your primary care doctor about how to best manage blood sugar levels to keep your eyes healthy. Throughout your course of care, our team of professionals keeps you informed and at ease, addressing any questions you may have regarding treatment. We keep pace with the most advanced technology and treatment methods to help you enjoy optimal 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.

2827 University Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 296-0179

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.

2827 University Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 296-0179

Designer Frames: top 10 trends

Rock star Elton John may be a trailblazer when comes to expressing himself with outrageous specs, but the truth is that there isn’t a better accessory that updates your style as fast as a pair of new designer eyeglass frames.

Stylish specs have quickly become a staple for any fashion lover’s wardrobe, with countless styles and colors to choose from. Whether you wear them with prescription lenses or plain, the offices of Optical Outlets can deck you out in the most modern designer frames to give you just the look you want!

What’s trending in shapes:
1. 70’s-80’s Oversized Square Eyeglasses
2. Thin & Lightweight Metal Eyeglasses
3. Sporty Aviator Glasses
4. Circle Round Glasses
5. Vintage Cat-Eyeglasses
6. Dapper Semi-Rimless Glasses (Clubmaster)
7. Slim, Narrow Oval & Rectangular Tiny Reading Glasses
8. Stylish Flat Top Glasses
9. Classic Hipster Black-Rimmed Glasses
10. Wooden Effect Eyeglasses

The shape is just the foundation for the details and colors that complete your look. You can opt for bold colored rims or embellishments — bold red, gold or leopard print glasses, understated clear or dusted pink glasses, or vintage light brown or tortoiseshell shades for a more traditional look.

See what’s in store for you:

At the office of Optical Outlets, your eye health is our top priority. Our warm and friendly office team will evaluate your vision using the latest, state-of-the-art techniques. If needed, we will also prescribe and custom fit your eyeglasses to keep you seeing clearly and looking your best.

2827 University Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 296-0179

Methods to Treat Corneal Disease

The cornea is the clear, dome shaped layer on the outermost surface of your eye. It is responsible for focusing 85% of the light that passes through your eye. If you are suffering from keratoconus, a condition that causes the cornea to become misshapen, our eye doctor can help. At the office of Optical Outlets, we use state-of-the-art technology and advanced methods to treat corneal disease, improving your eye health and vision.

Keratoconus occurs in around 1 in 2000 people, and generally first strikes in the late teens and early twenties. Symptoms may include difficulty seeing at night, eye strain and headaches, excessive rubbing of the eyes, glare and light sensitivity. In patients suffering from keratoconus, the cornea, which is typically curved, begins to thin and adopt a conical shape. To diagnose this condition, our eye doctor will perform a clinical examination to measure the curvature of your cornea and identify physical signs that are consistent with the diagnosis. Detecting this condition early on allows for the most straightforward and effective course of treatment. In its initial stages, keratoconus may be treated with customized soft contact lenses or prescription glasses. To treat keratoconus, your eye doctor may recommend rigid gas permeable contact lenses, which are carefully fitted and prescribed to improve your vision as the condition progresses. Advanced stages of this condition may require surgical intervention to correct the shape of the cornea and improve your vision. As skilled and compassionate providers of care, we’ll guide you on the best treatment options for managing and dealing with this condition and make appropriate referrals as indicated. We provide attentive care and the personalized attention that you deserve to help you protect the health of your eyes and enjoy optimal visual function.

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.

2827 University Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 296-0179

Treating Corneal Abrasion

When a corneal abrasion occurs, it is important to contact the office of Optical Outlets for timely care.

A corneal abrasion or “scratched cornea” is one of the most common injuries seen by eye doctors. Whether it’s simply the result of getting poked in the eye or a small particle of sand or dust, a scratched cornea can cause profound discomfort, redness, tearing and hypersensitivity to light. You may also experience a headache, blurry vision, eye twitching, a dull ache, and even nausea.

Please remember to exercise some precautions before you get to our office so as not to cause more harm to your eye. Do not rub or apply pressure to the injured eye, and do not to make any attempts to remove particles stuck to the cornea.

For skilled and experienced care

As skilled and experienced eye care providers, we’ll determine the extent of the injury and the specific treatment that’s required. Based on the severity of your corneal abrasion treatment may include antibiotic drops or ointment to prevent infection, a steroid to decrease inflammation, as well something to relieve light sensitivity and pain. As your eye doctor, we typically schedule a follow-up visit to monitor your progress and healing. If you wear contact lenses, you will also be advised at what point in your recovery that you can resume wearing them.

The importance of timely treatment

With prompt treatment, most cases of corneal abrasions heal completely with no lasting effects or loss of visual acuity. However, when left untreated deeper abrasions can lead to corneal ulcerations and severe vision loss.

At the office of Optical Outlets, we provide skilled and compassionate care to protect the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. Whether you need a routine eye exam, the management, and treatment of a condition affecting the health of your eyes, or care for a corneal abrasion; we can help.

For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

2827 University Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 296-0179

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.

2827 University Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 296-0179

Contacts to Improve Your Eye Health

While today’s eyewear offers countless stylish options, you may not want to limit yourself to wearing glasses all the time.Contact lenses offer a full-time or part-time alternative to glasses, allowing you to see clearly while providing greater freedom and flexibility. At the office of Optical Outlets we offer a selection of contacts to improve your eye health and vision. We’ll help determine which type of lens is right for you and can precisely fit your lenses for optimal comfort and effectiveness.

Contact lenses are small synthetic lenses, which rest on top of the film of tears covering the surfaces of your eyes. 35 million people across the United States are choosing contact lenses for the numerous advantages they offer. With contacts, you don’t have to worry about the limitations of eyeglass frames; your entire field of vision comes into focus. You can also forget about glare when you’re driving at night, as well as the effects of weather on your lenses. Contacts won’t fog up or get wet in the rain. You’ll also be able to wear any sunglasses you choose, without having to match your prescription to every pair. Contacts can be used to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, blurred vision and age-related vision loss, and can correct irregularities caused by certain eye diseases and injuries. The most popular contacts are soft lenses, which are made from water absorbing hydrogels for maximum comfort. These types of contacts can be disposable or used for extended wear. For certain conditions, such as astigmatism and presbyopia, rigid gas permeable lenses may be a better option. This type of contact lens allows oxygen to pass through to the eye, and is made of more durable materials than soft lenses, which means they can last for years.

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.

2827 University Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 296-0179

About LASIK Surgery

Are you curious about LASIK surgery? Ask us if it may be right for you—at the office of Optical Outlets we can discuss the pros and cons and provide important information.

What is LASIK?
The LASIK procedure is the most common type of eye surgery performed on the cornea of the eye to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and some other common, vision issues. So you no longer need to wear glasses or contact lenses.

The procedure itself involves a pain-free and quick procedure using a laser light.

Is LASIK Right for You?
We will conduct a comprehensive eye exam to determine if you will benefit from the procedure, depending on the type of correction needed, eye health, and other factors. If we believe you would benefit from LASIK, we will refer you to an ophthalmologist to perform the procedure.

Questions for Consideration
A few questions you may want to consider before committing to the procedure are:
• Do you want to reduce your dependence on glasses or contact lenses?
• Have you talked to your doctor about any risks or side effects of the procedure, and are you prepared to accept these?
• Are you prepared for the possibility that you may still require glasses or lenses after the procedure to achieve perfect vision?

Expectations
With LASIK, the great news is that most people achieve long-lasting, perfect vision! The first step is to schedule a comprehensive eye exam. We’re here for you for all of your vision needs and ready to discuss the procedure—and the best way to proceed if you think LASIK may be right for you.

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.

2827 University Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 296-0179

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.

2827 University Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 296-0179