Prescription Eyeglass Lenses

Most refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, can be easily corrected with the right eyeglass prescription. With the right pair of eyeglasses, you can improve your vision, eye health and overall quality of life. At the office of Optical Outlets we provide an extensive selection of designer frames that are fabricated from the highest quality materials as well as designed to suit your personal style. Our experienced team of eyecare professionals is dedicated to helping you find a pair that suits your lifestyle, complements your face in every way, and enables you to enjoy a clear, crisp view.

With today’s state-of-the-art prescription eyeglass lenses, your glasses can perform many different functions. In addition to correcting refractive errors, glasses can also address Computer Vision Syndrome, have lenses that transition into sunglasses, or be worn to protect your eyes from sports or work-related injuries. You may even have one pair of glasses for reading, or another for driving. In addition to finding the right lenses for each purpose, you’ll also want to find the most aesthetically pleasing eyeglass frames. We prioritize both style and function in our selection of frames. Not only will our experts guide you in choosing a great looking pair of eyeglasses, but we will also help you select the right materials for your frames. Today, plastics and metals are the most commonly used materials for eyeglass frames. With plastic frames, you can choose from a variety of colors and styles in many different price ranges. We also stock metal frames, which are durable and great looking as well. If you’re wondering what shape of frame best suits your face, our experts will provide advice as they assist you in trying on a variety of attractive eyeglasses. Keep in mind that it’s important to select frames that provide adequate coverage, while not restricting your field of vision. As skilled providers of care, we take the time to answer any questions and provide personalized, friendly service throughout your visit.

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.

4650 S Cleveland Ave #1a
Fort Myers, FL 33907
(239) 275-3755

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.

4650 S Cleveland Ave #1a
Fort Myers, FL 33907
(239) 275-3755

Signs that your child may need eyeglasses

Young children generally don’t let their parents know if they are having trouble seeing – a problem that can impact a child’s performance socially and academically. That’s why it’s important for parents to recognize the potential signs and seek a professional evaluation.

At the office of Optical Outlets, our warm and friendly team is skilled in working with children of all ages. Using advanced diagnostic tools, we will perform a comprehensive eye test to determine whether your child has a vision problem that may possible require eyeglasses.

As a general rule, children should have their first comprehensive eye exam at six months of age, again at age 3, and then just before they enter the first grade — at about age 5 or 6. School-aged children should have an eye exam at least every two years if no vision correction is required. Children who need eyeglasses should be examined annually or as recommended by their eye doctor. Should problems arise, seek an evaluation as soon as possible.

Signs your child may need glasses:
• squinting often
• tilting head or covering one eye
• sitting too close to the television or holding hand-held devices too close to the eyes
• rubbing eyes excessively
• complaining of frequent headaches or eye pain
• having difficulty concentrating on schoolwork

Eyeglasses work to improve how well your child sees — strengthening vision in a weak eye or improving the position of the eyes if they are crossed or misaligned.

Committed to your child’s vision health

At the office of Optical Outlets, our skilled team brings years of professional experience and are highly qualified to evaluate and treat children’s eye problems. If you believe your child is having vision difficulty, we invite you to visit our office for a comprehensive eye exam and, if needed, a fitting for eyeglasses.

4650 S Cleveland Ave #1a
Fort Myers, FL 33907
(239) 275-3755

LASIK Surgery: The Pros and Cons

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.

4650 S Cleveland Ave #1a
Fort Myers, FL 33907
(239) 275-3755

Developing Certain Eye Conditions

As you get older, your risk for developing certain eye conditions impacting the health and the quality of your vision increases. One of these conditions is age-related Macular Degeneration, which affects more than 2 million adults in the United States and is a leading cause of blindness worldwide. To protect the ongoing health of your eyes and to preserve your eyesight, it’s important to visit the office Optical Outlets for a comprehensive examination. We’ll monitor your eyes and vision and provide guidance as to how to you can take steps towards preventing macular degeneration and preserve your eyesight as you age.

The retina is located at the back of the eyeball and is responsible for transmitting light into signals via the optic nerve to help the brain form a visual image. As the central part of the retina, the macula contains a high concentration of photoreceptors, which means it is integral to the proper functioning of the retina. Macular degeneration occurs when the cells of the macula gradually deteriorate, eventually compromising your eyesight. Advanced cases of macular degeneration result in a profound loss of central vision, while peripheral vision may remain intact. In its early stages, people with macular degeneration may not experience any vision loss or symptoms.

As part of comprehensive eye examination, we’ll perform a visual acuity test and utilize advanced diagnostic tools to evaluate the anatomy and function of your retina. To reduce your risk of vision loss due to age-related macular degeneration or other conditions, it’s important to get a baseline exam at the age of 40 and then comprehensive exams as recommended thereafter. You can also help reduce your risk of developing age-related Macular Degeneration by making the right dietary choices, managing your weight, quitting smoking and wearing sunglasses outside.

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.

4650 S Cleveland Ave #1a
Fort Myers, FL 33907
(239) 275-3755

Medical Contact Lenses

At the office of Optical Outlets, our experienced optometrist and team of eyecare professionals can provide medical contact lenses for patients with a diverse range of vision needs. Dedicated to providing the highest quality of care, our office keeps pace with advanced technology and treatment methods to provide the most appropriate, comfortable, and effective contact lenses to improve our patients’ eyesight. Our goal is to help everyone who comes to our office for care maintain healthy eyes and enjoy optimal vision.

Medical contact lenses can help restore normal vision for patients with certain corneal irregularities, including keratoconus. Your cornea is the clear structure at the front of the eye, responsible for focusing light that passes through on its way to the retina. While in a healthy eye, the cornea curves like a dome, in an eye with keratoconus, the center of the cornea gradually begins to thin and bulge, forming a cone shape that distorts your vision. To evaluate this condition and determine a course of care that is right for you, our skilled and experienced optometrist will provide a comprehensive eye examination, which includes a visual acuity test, slit-lamp examination and corneal topography imaging. Our team offers a variety of effective options to treat keratoconus and correct the associated vision problems. These options include rigid gas permeable lenses, soft lenses and hybrid lenses. By using the latest technology in medical contacts, we can fit you with lenses that feel comfortable while improving your vision and corneal health. Our team will create a personalized treatment plan to meet your individual needs. We’ll also address any questions you may have throughout treatment, to help you make the most informed decisions regarding your 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.

4650 S Cleveland Ave #1a
Fort Myers, FL 33907
(239) 275-3755

Most Common Refractive Error

If you find yourself struggling to see objects at a distance, a refractive error known as myopia may be to blame. At the office of Optical Outlets, we utilize advanced technology and methods of care to diagnose and treat myopia. Our goal is to provide the most effective course of care to improve your eye health, vision and overall quality of life.

Studies show that myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is the most common refractive error, affecting 30% of all people in the United States. Typically, if you suffer from myopia, objects that are far away appear blurry; this may make it difficult to read road signs, watch movies, or see the chalkboard from the back of a classroom. You may also experience headaches, double vision and eye strain. Myopia occurs when your eye cannot focus light correctly on the retina. To diagnose myopia, we will perform a comprehensive eye examination, which involves having you read a vision chart and performing tests to assess how light bends as it travels through your cornea and the lens of your eye. Using these advanced diagnostic methods, we can determine the most effective approach for treating your myopia. Our office offers an extensive selection of eyeglasses and contact lenses so that you can enjoy crisp, clear vision. Our experienced, caring team of professionals will determine which type of lenses are best suited for your needs. Your comfort and convenience are our priority throughout your visit, and we are happy to answer any questions to help you make the most informed decisions regarding treatment. Our team of eyecare professionals strives to provide a convenient, stress-free experience for you and your family whenever you visit our office.

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.

4650 S Cleveland Ave #1a
Fort Myers, FL 33907
(239) 275-3755

Comprehensive Care to Ensure Healthy Eyes

Myopia, which is commonly referred to as nearsightedness, is the most commonly diagnosed refractive error. While this condition affects people of all ages, the typical age of onset is between 6 and 14 years old. To accurately diagnose myopia and establish an effective course of care, it’s important to see a skilled vision care professional. At the office of Optical Outlets, we provide comprehensive care to ensure healthy eyes and optimal vision for patients of all ages.

People who are nearsighted experience clear vision when viewing objects close up, while objects at a distance appear blurry. Although reading a book may not present any difficulties, seeing road signs while driving is typically more challenging. Myopia occurs as a result of either the eyeball being too long or the cornea too sharply curved. These anomalies causes the eye to focus images in front of the retina, rather than on the surface of the retina. As a result the image of an object that is then sent to the brain is out of focus.

For individuals with myopia, difficulty seeing at a distance can lead to headaches, eye strain and squinting. Without eyeglasses, children that are nearsighted have a difficult time seeing what’s going on at the front of the classroom. This situation can lead to academic difficulties. Fortunately, once any type of refractive error is diagnosed, it can be readily corrected with prescription eyeglasses or contacts lenses as well as other options in care. Eyeglasses and contacts are the most popular choices for improving eyesight in people with myopia. Other options in care include LASIK surgery to permanently reshape the cornea or orthokeratology, which involves temporarily reshaping the cornea with specialized contact lenses that are worn only at night.

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.

4650 S Cleveland Ave #1a
Fort Myers, FL 33907
(239) 275-3755

Diagnosing 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.

4650 S Cleveland Ave #1a
Fort Myers, FL 33907
(239) 275-3755

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.

4650 S Cleveland Ave #1a
Fort Myers, FL 33907
(239) 275-3755