About Us

Fort Lauderdale Eye Care and Eyewear is the newly renamed office of Optometrist, Dr Craig Hanley located on 17th St causeway in east Fort Lauderdale.

The Eye Doctor on Staff is Dr Dawn Bearden.  She is highly skilled in primary eye care – including comprehensive eye exams, contact lens exams, glaucoma and cataract evaluations, Lasik laser vision evaluations and emergency eye care.

Dr Bearden has been in practice since 1995.

Dr Bearden is originally from Southern New Jersey.  She received her bachelors degree in 1989 with a major in  Medical Technology and a minor in Photography at Loyola University in Baltimore, MD.  She received her Doctorate in Optometry in 1995 from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (newly named Salus University) in Philadelphia, PA.  Dr Bearden completed a post-Doctorate residency in primary eye care and Laser Vision technology from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK.

Dr Dawn Bearden has been practicing in South Florida for over 16 years.  When she first came to Florida in 1996 she was recruited here to direct Summit Laser Vision Centers in Miami and Plantation.  Dr Bearden also served as an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in Davie, FL.  Dr Bearden concurrently served as a senior examiner for the National Boards in Optometry.  She then went on to become an Independent Doctor of Optometry Next to Lenscrafters in 1997 as the owner of Visionary Eyecare next to Lenscrafters in Pembroke Pines and Sunrise (Sawgrass Mills Mall).  She also served as a member of the Lenscrafters Optometric Advisory Council for several years.  Around 2006 she enrolled in the Fort Lauderdale Art Institute to further her knowledge in studio and fashion photography – which has always been a passion of hers.

In 2011 Dr Bearden relocated all of her patient records and all of her high-tech equipment from Visionary Eyecare  to Fort Lauderdale Eye Care and Eyewear.  She looks forward to seeing her previous and her future patients at Fort Lauderdale Eye Care and Eyewear in east Ft Lauderdale near the beach.

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