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.

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.

3761 Tamiami Trail East
Naples, FL 34112
(239) 261-0229

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.

3761 Tamiami Trail East
Naples, FL 34112
(239) 261-0229

A Cure for Your Dry Eye

Do you suffer from dry eye? If so, you are like millions of others who experience the eye irritation, burning, stinging, or blurry vision associated with this disorder. At the office of Optical Outlets, we provide compassionate, personalized eye care to treat a wide range of conditions. Although there may not be a cure for your dry eye, there are many treatment options available to relieve its symptoms. As a first step in care, we’ll evaluate your case and create an individualized treatment plan to meet your needs.

Ordinarily, each time you close your eyes or blink, a layer of moisture spreads across your cornea, washing away debris and lubricating your eyes. With dry eye, the tears that are meant to moisturize, clean and protect your eyes, are either low in quality, or evaporate, leaving your eyes un-replenished, and irritated. This can be caused by aging, environmental factors, certain medications, long-term contact lens wear, hormonal changes, autoimmune diseases (such as Sjögren’s Syndrome), or a variety of contributing factors. Our optometrist can examine your eyes and help determine the best treatments to keep moisture in your eyes. Certain lifestyle and environmental factors can be changed, providing relief in some cases. For instance, quitting smoking or avoiding cigarette smoke can make a big difference in the dryness of your eyes. Reducing the amount of air that blows into your eyes, such as when you’re driving or drying your hair. Even deciding to wear glasses or shades on days when it’s windy outside can help provide relief. It’s also important to take breaks from looking at a computer screen. Long periods of time spent staring at a screen can keep your eyes from blinking as much as they should, resulting in the depletion of moisture and protective tears that lubricate your 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.

3761 Tamiami Trail East
Naples, FL 34112
(239) 261-0229

Protection Against Vision Loss

Conditions affecting your overall bodily health and wellbeing can also take a toll on your eye health and vision. Diabetes is a serious disease that can damage multiple organ systems, including your eyes. When not properly controlled, diabetes increases your risk for developing harmful eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts. At the office of Optical Outlets we provide comprehensive care to help people living with diabetes prevent these problems and protect against vision loss. We focus on early detection, and providing the appropriate guidance as well as care to help safeguard your eyesight.

Diabetes occurs when the body fails to produce enough insulin or becomes resistant to insulin, which causes blood sugar levels to become elevated. Regulating insulin levels is of the utmost importance for managing diabetes. Whether you have Type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune disorder acquired at birth, or Type 2 diabetes, which develops later in life, managing your blood sugar levels through diet, exercise and taking insulin is key. Chronically high blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels in the eye over time, causing diabetic retinopathy. The retina is the part of the eye that transmits visual information to the brain, and when it becomes damaged, you may experience dark spots floating in your field of vision, blurred vision and eye pain. Generally the onset of symptoms does not occur until the disease has progressed. People who have diabetes are also a greater risk for developing cataracts and glaucoma. Fortunately, with regularly scheduled eye examinations, we can detect these conditions early in their onset and provide ongoing care to help protect your vision and monitor the health of your 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.

3761 Tamiami Trail East
Naples, FL 34112
(239) 261-0229

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.

3761 Tamiami Trail East
Naples, FL 34112
(239) 261-0229

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.

3761 Tamiami Trail East
Naples, FL 34112
(239) 261-0229

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.

3761 Tamiami Trail East
Naples, FL 34112
(239) 261-0229

Allergic Conjunctivitis

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.

3761 Tamiami Trail East
Naples, FL 34112
(239) 261-0229

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.

3761 Tamiami Trail East
Naples, FL 34112
(239) 261-0229