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Age-related Eye Conditions

By visiting our experienced team of eye care professionals at the office of Optical Outlets, you are taking an essential step towards maintaining the health of your eyes and optimal vision as you age. Once you’ve reached the age of 40, it’s a good idea to get a baseline exam to check for signs of age-related eye conditions such as presbyopia, macular degeneration, cataracts or glaucoma. With early detection and management of these conditions, you can protect and preserve your vision.

With age comes many new and rewarding experiences as well as possible physical changes and conditions that require attention and care. Our goal as your eye care provider is to make sure you can enjoy everything that’s to come with clear and healthy vision. As part of a comprehensive eye exam, we perform a visual acuity test, which allows us to determine how well you can see at varying distances. We also evaluate how well your eyes track objects and work together, as well as check your depth perception. We’ll review any symptoms you’re experiencing, and go over your medical history. Our offices uses the most advanced diagnostic tools, such as highly specialized microscopes to comfortably and clearly view the anatomical structures of your eyes.

People over the age of 40 often begin to develop presbyopia, which makes it difficult to view objects close to the eyes. For this condition, we can provide corrective lenses in the form of a prescription for reading eyeglasses, bi or multifocal eyeglasses, as well as specialized contact lens prescriptions. All of these approaches will help you see better when doing other close-up work. While presbyopia is part and parcel of the aging process, there are other more harmful conditions that can lead to significant vision loss. Cataracts are also common with age, and will become progressively worse if left untreated. As skilled providers of care, we can diagnose cataracts early in their development and help to manage the effects and make referrals for surgical intervention at an appropriate time. We’re also on the lookout for other conditions that commonly affect aging populations, such as Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration, both of which are leading causes of blindness among people over the age of 40. And, while there is currently no cure for these conditions, early diagnosis is essential for 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.

Suffering with an Eye Allergy

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.

2391 South Highway 27
Clermont, Florida 34711
(352) 988-2459

Treating Eye Allergies

Do your eyes itch and water every spring when the flowers bloom? Or perhaps your eyes are red and puffy year round, and you aren’t quite sure why. In many cases, allergic conjunctivitis, also known as eye allergies, are to blame. At the office of Optical Outlets we’ll evaluate your symptoms and perform a comprehensive examination to accurately diagnose eye allergies and recommend an effective course of care. Our experienced team of eye care professionals will guide you ways to reduce exposure to allergens, and recommend eye drops or medications to help manage your symptoms, if indicated.

Eye allergies, like all allergic reactions, occurs when the immune system overreacts to the presence of a common environmental substance, thereby releasing histamine and other chemicals into the bloodstream. Season allergic conjunctivitis is the most common type of eye allergy, and is caused by outdoor allergens like pollen, weeds and grass. If you have a seasonal eye allergy, it a good idea whenever possible to avoid situations that trigger your symptoms, like walking by a freshly mowed lawn. Also, it can help to wear glasses or sunglasses that protect your eyes from coming into contact with allergens. If your eye allergies occur year round, you may have perennial allergic conjunctivitis, which is typically caused by household allergens that are present daily, such as pet dander, dust, mold and smoke. Because eye allergies often exhibit symptoms that are similar to other eye conditions, our eye doctor will perform a comprehensive examination to rule out other causes. As part of your exam, we may also examine your eye with a specialized scope that checks for the presence of certain cells indicative that are indicative of an allergic reaction. Treating eye allergies depends on the type of allergy and its severity. In many cases, prescription eye drops and medications can alleviate your symptoms. In some causes immunotherapy shots may be recommended to manage allergic reactions.

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.

2391 South Highway 27
Clermont, Florida 34711
(352) 988-2459

Mitigate the Symptoms of Eye Allergies

If your eyes are red, itchy, watery or swollen, schedule an appointment with the office of Optical Outlets for an eye examination. In many cases, these symptoms may be indicative of allergies, also referred to as allergic conjunctivitis. As part of your diagnostic workup, we’ll review your history and evaluate your eyes to determine if allergies are the cause of your discomfort, or if another condition is responsible for your symptoms. You can rest assured that your eye health is in the best of hands, our state-of-the-art office provides a complete menu of eyecare services designed to address the needs of every member of your family.

As our windows to the world, our eyes are vulnerable to irritation from a variety of environmental substances. Eye allergens are often caused by airborne substances, both indoors and outdoors. Seasonal allergic conjunctivitis is a common cause of outdoor eye allergies. This condition may be caused by airborne allergens from grass, trees, weeds and mold spots. A year round eye allergy, also called perennial allergic conjunctivitis, might also be due to indoor irritants such as pet dander, perfume, smoke and dust. Moreover, food allergies can also irritate the eyes. Of course, avoiding the substances that may trigger an allergic reaction is the first step in care; this can mean staying inside and keeping windows shut when the pollen count is high, and reducing the presence of mold inside your home. Prescription eye drops and medications can also help mitigate the symptoms of eye allergies. If needed, allergy shots may also be recommended to provide relief and improve your quality of life. Whatever the case may be, we’ll provide you with the guidance and care needed to alleviate your symptoms and restore visual comfort.

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.

2391 South Highway 27
Clermont, Florida 34711
(352) 988-2459

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.

2391 South Highway 27
Clermont, Florida 34711
(352) 988-2459

Development of Chronic Dry Eye

Chronic dry eye is a common condition that not only causes persistent discomfort, but it can also compromise your vision. With chronic dry eye, you do not have enough quality tears to lubricate, nourish and protect your eyes. At the office of Optical Outlets we’ll perform a comprehensive examination as well as discuss your symptoms and review your medical history to diagnose this condition and recommend an appropriate course of care.

Dry eye can present with a number of unpleasant symptoms; including an itchy, burning sensation, blurred vision, eye fatigue or excessive tearing. There are a number of factors which can contribute to dry eye; certain medications, medical conditions and environmental causes can all play a role. The aging also contributes to the development of dry eye, as the amount of tears we produce declines as we get older. Additionally, recent studies show that spending long periods of time looking at a digital screen can be associated with the development of dry eye. It’s wise for computer users and video game afficionados to take breaks and rest their eyes periodically.

Although dry eye rarely causes complications, advanced cases might cause damage to the front surface of the eye. As part of your eye exam, we’ll examine your eyelids, evaluate your blink dynamics and inspect your cornea. We’ll also perform diagnostic tests to evaluate the quantity and quality of your tears. Fortunately, there are a number of effective treatment options to alleviate the symptoms of dry eye. Artificial tears in the form of eye drops and ointments can help minimize dryness and keep your eyes healthy. Anti-inflammatory eyedrops or medication may be recommended as well as drops that increase tear production. In some cases, a tear duct procedure may be suggested to help conserve natural tears and prevent them from draining away.

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.

2391 South Highway 27
Clermont, Florida 34711
(352) 988-2459

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.

2391 South Highway 27
Clermont, Florida 34711
(352) 988-2459

Clermont Vision Center

Vision Center in Clermont

It is very important that you have an eye exam on an annual basis to make sure that your eyes are remaining healthy. However, did you know that during an eye exam our eye doctor may also be the first to learn important facts about your overall medical health? At our Clermont vision center, Optical Outlets, you can have a comprehensive eye exam by one of our expert optometrists.

Clermont Vision Center

When you have an eye exam at our Clermont vision center, your eyes will be thoroughly screened for many different eye diseases and disorders. However, during your eye exam our eye doctor will also potentially learn other things about your medical health. The eyes are the only place in your body that actually will provide a doctor with a clear view of your blood vessels, arteries and the cranial nerves. By viewing these areas, our doctor can learn a lot about your overall medical health. If the patient has blood in the back of the eye, it can be one of the first signs of diabetes. When a patient has diabetes, the elevated levels of sugar in the bloodstream can cause changes in the way the blood vessels surrounding the retina looks if diabetic retinopathy is developing.

If our optometrist sees any of these indicators in a patient’s eyes, our patient will be advised about the findings, and it will be recommended that they see their regular doctor about diabetes treatment. Certain types of brain tumors can even be found during an eye exam. This is because certain tumors can put pressure on the optic nerve, causing it to swell and affect the patient’s vision. If you have high levels of cholesterol in your blood, deposits can even be left in your eyes that will be seen during a complete eye exam. If our doctor finds that these deposits are present, you will also be advised that you should see your regular doctor for high cholesterol treatment, which can include exercise, dietary changes, or medication.

For an appointment for an eye exam at our Clermont vision center, contact us today.

 

2391 South Highway 27
Clermont, Florida 34711
(352) 988-2459