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Eye Charts for Children – Fort Lauderdale Eye Care and Eyewear

Allen Picture Eye Chart

Around 10 million school children in America have vision conditions that can negatively affect learning. This can be prevented by taking kids to get their first formal eye exam with an Eye Dr in an Eye Clinic BEFORE they enter school. A child’s first eye test with an Eye Doctor should be done between ages 3 and 4. At Fort Lauderdale Eye Care and Eyewear, our Optometrist, Dr Dawn Bearden begins to see children at age 5-6.

Allen Picture Cards

A child does NOT need to be able to verbalize or know their alphabet for the examiner to perform a comprehensive eye examination.  There are numerous eye charts for children!!

Lea Flip Chart

Lea Flip Chart

Allen and Lea charts have pictures or shapes on them that youngsters can identify. The Broken wheel chart allows the child to tell the examiner which wheel on the car is “broken” . The Tumbling E chart (also known as the illiterate chart) allows a child to just POINT in the direction that the “legs of the E” are pointing in.

Allen Picture Eye Chart

Allen Picture Eye Chart

Often our children can not express to us when they are having problems with their vision. They may not even realize that they are experiencing vision problems. Sometimes children will try to compensate for vision issues by closing one eye, rubbing their eyes excessively, squinting, skipping over words or loose their place when they are reading.

Kids may start having difficulty in school due to an “unknown” reason. A recent study indicated that up to 60 percent of youngsters that have been identified as “problem learners” or “learning disorder” actually suffer from an undetected visual condition.

Tumbling E   Eye Chart

A vision problem is not suspected in many children because they were able to pass the school vision screening or the pediatrician vision screening. These children may still have visual issues but, they were not detected on the screening. Only a comprehensive eye exam, done by an Eye Doctor (Optometrist or Ophthalmologist) will be able to detect subtle vision problems.

Broken Wheel Eye Test

Broken Wheel Eye Test

Vision issues need to be detected and corrected before age 7 to prevent lifelong problems such as lazy eye (amblyopia), eye turn (strabismus), learning disabilities and behavior problems.

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Video Testimonial: Starlene Carter Talks About How A Routine Eye Exam Pupillary Dilation Saved Her Vision

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Starlene Carter came into Dr Dawn Bearden’s Optometry office near Fort Lauderdale in January 2001. She was in the area and decided to stop in to schedule an eye examination for herself the following week. She was not intending to get an eye exam that day – her plans were to spend that day shopping!

Our office staff convinced Starlene to go ahead and get her eye exam that same day since the office was not busy and the Doctor (Dr Dawn Bearden) would be able to see her right away. Starlene agreed but, was insistent that she would NOT have her pupils dilated that day. Her shopping was waiting and she did not want to “mess up her day” with that “dilation thing”. Our staff members told her that the Doctor would talk to her during the exam about the importance of dilation. Still Starlene would just not be convinced….

When Starlene met Dr Bearden for the first time – Dr Bearden began to explain and stress the importance of pupillary dilation. Dr Bearden explained that this was Starlene’s first eye exam in our office, there could be a multitude of eye diseases or problems that Starlene may be unaware of (because most eye problems do NOT cause any symptoms like blurry vision, headache, eye pain etc) and that Dr Bearden may NOT be able to detect these issues if Starlene did not allow the Doctor to dilate her pupils. Dr Bearden also explained that Florida laws requires your Optometrist to dilate your pupils on the initial eye exam when you have an eye exam with a new Optometrist. Reluctantly…..VERY reluctantly….Starlene finally agreed.

This simple decision absolutely saved Starlene’s vision.

During the eye exam, all seemed very normal. Starlene had no family history of eye disease, she was able to see 20/20 in each eye with her new glasses prescription, she had NO eye pain, NO headaches, NO discomfort, her eye pressures were normal, her blood pressure was normal, good color vision etc. But, when Dr Dawn Bearden dilated Starlene’s pupils – she saw 2 very LARGE retinal tears (retinal detachments) in Starlene’s right eye that posed a HUGE threat to Starlene’s vision in her right eye. These tears could have eventually caused blindness in her eye had they not been detected during the dilation and then properly treated.

Immediately, Dr Bearden called Dr Jay Levy – who is a local ophthalmologist who specializes in surgery of the retina. Dr Bearden sent Starlene to see Dr Levy – who did surgery on Starlene’s right eye to repair the retinal tears in her right eye.

Starlene is now a loyal patient of Dr Dawn Bearden’s. She is still able to see 20/20 in each eye and has had no further problems from the retinal tears that were surgically repaired by Dr Levy. Each and every year during her routine eye exam with Dr Bearden, you can find Starlene out in the waiting room telling her story to ALL of the other patients in the office. She does a GREAT job in educating people and everyone that she comes in contact with about the importance of yearly eye examinations and the VITAL importance of pupillary dilation.

It saved Starlene’s vision…..and it can do the same for you and for the people in your life who come in for their annual eye exam!

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Lenscrafters Independent Doctor of Optometry – Dr Dawn Bearden – from Pembroke Pines and Sawgrass Mall in Sunrise – move to Fort Lauderdale Eye Care and Eyewear!

Dr Dawn Bearden (Independent Doctor of Optometry Next to Lenscrafters) have moved out of their location next to Lenscrafters. Visionary Eyecare and Optometrist,  Dr Dawn Bearden, were located next to Lenscrafters in Pembroke Pines and Sunrise (INSIDE SawgrassMills Mall) for almost 15 years but, have now relocated to East Ft Lauderdale.

Eye Doctor, Dr Bearden is still seeing patients in Broward County and now seeing her patients for eye exams  in East Ft Lauderdale at Fort Lauderdale Eye Care & Eyewear located at 1489 SE 17th St  Suite 2J in Fort Lauderdale FL 33316.  The office is on 17th St Causeway – just west of the 17th St bridge, Port Everglades and Bimini Boatyard.  We are in the Southport Shopping Plaza with Office Depot and Ross.  We are on the second floor – above Wells Fargo Bank and next to Diamante Day Spa.

All patient records and all of the high tech computerized equipment from Visionary Eyecare have been moved to this new location on 17th St in East Ft Lauderdale.

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The website for Fort Lauderdale Eye Care & Eyewear is www.FLEyecareEyewear.com and you can find them on Facebook at FLEyecareEyewear and YouTube at FLEyecareEyewear

The phone number for Fort Lauderdale Eye Care & Eyewear is 954-763-2842  and you can email them at FLEyecareEyewear@aol.com

Visit their BLOG at www.FLEyecareEyewearBLOG.com

We are sad to leave all of our friends at LensCrafters but, it was time to move on.  We will miss LensCrafters but, we are excited for our new venture at Fort Lauderdale Eye Care & Eyewear.  Call us if you need an appointment for an eye exam 954-763-2842.

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Fort Lauderdale Eye Care & Eyewear BLOG is now LIVE!! Connect with us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and more…

Optometrist, Dr Dawn Bearden is now blogging for Fort Lauderdale Eye Care and Eyewear. Fort Lauderdale Eye Care and Eyewear is the newly renamed office of Eye Doctor – Dr Craig Hanley.

We are Optometrists providing high tech eye exams and high quality eye wear to the Fort Lauderdale Community. You can always  reach us at 954-763-2842 if you are in need of an annual eye exam, contact lens exam, glaucoma or cataract screening, Lasik Laser Vision Evaluation, fashion or designer sunglasses or eyeglasses or contact lenses.  We also treat emergencies – call us at 954-763-2842 if you have a red eye, painful eye, black eye, itchy or allergy eyes, scratched eye, swollen eye etc.

Our Office is located near Ft Lauderdale Beach at 1489 SE 17th Street  Suite 2J  in Ft Lauderdale FL.  Conveniently located on 17th St causeway – just west of 17th st bridge, Port Everglades and Bimini Boatyard.

We are in the Southport Shopping Plaza – where Office Depot and Ross are also located.  Our office is on the SECOND FLOOR – above Wells Fargo bank and next to Diamante Day Spa.

Our website is www.FLEyecareEyewear.com

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