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Online Eye Test For Astigmatism from Fort Lauderdale Eye Care and Eyewear

Astigmatism is a visual condition caused when some surfaces of the eye are oval shaped….like a football or an egg. These surfaces in the eye that are oval shaped can be the cornea (the front of the eye) or the lens (inside the eye). Most often astigmatism is caused by the cornea being oblong or oval shaped.

This oblong shape causes the light rays that enter the eye to be distorted and not focus properly on the retina in the back of the eye. If you have uncorrected astigmatism, you can have various symptoms such as blurry vision, eyestrain, tired eyes, headaches or fatigue.

Here are several links to websites that have online testing for astigmatism. Check them out!!

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Astigmatism can be quickly and easily corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses (called astigmatic or toric contacts) or Laser Surgery (called Lasik).

If you feel that you may have astigmatism and you need correction OR if has been more than 12 months since you have seen an eye doctor…..its time for you to schedule an eye exam! 

If you need an eye exam in the Fort Lauderdale area – you can call our office at 954-763-2842 or schedule an appointment ONLINE at www.FLEyecareEyewear.com

Our Optometrist is Dr Dawn Bearden.  She has been an eye doctor for over 17 years!!

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Emergency and Urgent Eye Care for Red Eyes and Eye Injuries Now Available at Fort Lauderdale Eye Care and Eyewear

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Dr Dawn Bearden  is our Optometrist at Fort Lauderdale Eye Care and Eyewear  and she is highly skilled at handling emergency eye care and urgent eye conditions.  If you are having an urgent eye concern – please call our office at 954-763-2842 ASAP.

Often patients will come in with a RED EYE.  Red, irritated eyes, although can all look the same, they can be caused by a number of conditions.

One common condition is “pinkeye” which is conjunctivitis.  Conjunctivitis is an eye infection and it is usually highly contagious.  Often it can be caused by being in close contact with another person who has pink eye OR if the patient who has the conjuncitivitis has been recently sick with a cold or the flu.  Dr Bearden usually will prescribe antibiotic eye drops and also tell the patient to use artificial tears or eye lubricants often.  The patient must also use good “eye hygeine” and not touch their eyes, do not share pillows, face towels  or make-up and they must wash their hands often to help prevent the spread of conjuncivitis to others.

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Another cause of a red eye can happen when someone gets something in the eye (acually ON the eye or UNDER the lid), if someone gets a chemical into their eye or something scratches the eye.  This causes a corneal abrasion.  This can often occur when doing yard work, when at the beach on a windy day, someone may scratch their eye with a fingernail or eye make-up etc.  If there is something in the eye, Dr Bearden will find it and remove it and then treat the corneal abrasion with antibiotic eye drops and eye lubrication so the eye does not get infected.  Often the Doctor will use an orange dye in the eye to check for corneal abrasions.  If the cornea is scratched – it will glow bright green in the area of the abrasion (see above photo) when she shines a special blue light into the eye.  If you get a chemical into your eye – wash out the eye with eye wash or water for at least 15-30 minutes (AS LONG AS YOU CAN!!) until you can get in to see the Doctor ASAP!!!

One other cause of red eye is eye inflammation – called uveitis or iritis.  Even though this looks like pinkeye, this is NOT infectious.  It is usually caused by inflammation INSIDE of the eye.  The patient is usually very light sensitive and they report a lot of eye pain even in minimal amounts of light.  Many times eye inflammation can occur in systemic conditions like:

  • Autoimmune disorders, such as Arthritis, Psoriasis, Behcet’s disease, sarcoidosis or ankylosing spondylitis
  • Inflammatory disorders, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
  • Infections such as cat-scratch disease, herpes, syphilis, toxoplasmosis, tuberculosis, lyme disease or West Nile virus
  • Eye injury
  • Certain cancers, such as lymphoma, that can directly or indirectly affect the eye

Dr Bearden would treat the uveitis with several types of eye drops to calm the inflammation and decrease the eye pain.  If this eye inflammation has occured more than once – then she would have to investigate to see if there is any underlying systemic problem like those listed above that the patient may be unaware of.  Severe uveitis may have complications like glaucoma or cataracts so this would need to be managed also.

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Another cause of red, painful eye can be a corneal ulcer.  These are often seen in patients who wear contact lenses.  Dr Bearden sees this A LOT in patients who sleep in their contact lenses and overwear their contact lenses (ex: keeping a two week disposable contact lens for 3,4,6,8 weeks or more).  Corneal ulcers can cause scarring of the front of the eye called the cornea.  If the ulcer is in the center of the cornea – a cornea scar in this area can cause permenant vision blur.  These corneal ulcers must be treated immediately and very aggressively – usually Dr Bearden will prescribe a very strong antibiotic eye drop and have the patient use this every 15-30 minutes!  She will also see these patients every day for follow up until the ulcer is under control and not vision threatening.

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Another common cause of red eye is a Subconjunctival Hemorrhage.  It is just caused by a bursted blood vessel.   When broken, these vessels bleed and spread out underneath the conjunctiva. Subconjunctival hemorrhage can be caused by sneezing, coughing, straining, vomiting, trauma, high blood pressure, diabetes and sometimes from certain blood disorders or in patients taking blood thinners (like Coumadin or Plavix) or aspirin.  Usually these will just resolve on their own in a few days to a few weeks – depending on how large they are.   Some investigation must be done into possbile systemic causes like a blood disorder, high blood pressure etc.

There are lots of other causes of red eye – including angle closure glaucoma (which is a is a serious medical emergency that must be treated immediately. This serious type of glaucoma causes painful redness that usually occurs in one eye.  Other non urgent causes of red eye can include: blepharitis, frequent use of “eye whitening” eyedrops (Like Visine, Murine, etc), dry eye and more.

If you have a red eye – it can be caused by a variety of different reasons – all of which require different treatments.  Call our office immediately if you develop any type of red eye or eye pain 954-763-2842.

Another eye emergency is retinal detachment or retinal tear.  These can often cause no symptoms and are frequently caught during a routine dilated eye exam.  So this is why it is important to get an ANNUAL eye exam – even if you do not need glasses!!  Sometimes patients DO get symptoms from a retinal detachment like flashes of light, floating spots or a “curtain” coming up or down over the vision.  Retinal detachments can be vision threatening so, if you ever have any of these symptoms – please call our office IMMEDIATELY  at 954-763-2842.

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New Eyeglass and Contact Lens Technology to Help With Dyslexia and Reading Disorders in the Fort Lauderdale Area

Fort Lauderdale Eye Care and Eyewear is proud to announce that they now offer a new eyeglass lens technology that is helping many people in the Fort Lauderdale Area with reading difficulty from Dyslexia and Reading Disorders.  The lens filters are from a company called Chromagen.  The patented and FDA approved, light gray lenses offer a non-invasive treatment for visual reading difficulties often found with Dyslexia and reading disorders stemming from other disorders like ADD and ADHD.

Dr Dawn Bearden is currently the only Optometrist in the Fort Lauderdale area that is approved to fit the Chromagen Lenses.  If you are interested in a consultation – you can call our office at 954-763-2842 or request an appointment ONLINE at www.FLEyecareEyewear.com.

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The theory is that the light coming from each eye enters the brain at different speeds thus causing visual problems like “swimming, scrunching or moving” words on the page, words “popping up” from a page or even blurriness or doubling of words.   Sometimes even the spaces between the words seem to appear to move.  ALL of this makes it difficult for the person to read comfortably and effectively.   These patients usually read much slower than others because of these problems.  As a result, they usually don’t like to read due to symptoms of tiredness, headaches or nausea.

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Eye Doctor, Dr Bearden, says that the Chromagen filters “alter the speed of the light going into each eye individually to make the light enter the brain at the same time from each eye”.  This makes the words easier to read because the symptoms of words moving, poping out, doubling etc are stopped by the Chromagen filtered lenses.  A noticible improvement in reading speed and word comprehension is seen in 2 out of 3 cases.  Usually patients with Chromagen lenses report that they now read faster, easier and comprehend more.  They actually LIKE to read now!

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Dr Dawn Bearden has seen that these lenses can prove to be life altering.  She has fit these lenses on BOTH children and adults with great results.  The Chromagen fiters come in both spectacle eyeglass lenses and contact lenses.  And the results have been truely remarkable.  One patient was in her 60’s and suffered with Dyslexia her entire life.  Dr Bearden fit her with the Chromagen lenses and a HUGE smile came across the patient’s face “Oh My God…..I LOVE these lenses…..everything is just SO much better.”  It was astonishing to hear this patient read before and after the Chromagen lenses.  Without the lenses she read slower and more strained.  With the lenses it sounded like she was speed reading!

Its interesting to note that the ability to read and comprehend is the foundation of a quality education.  And people with a strong education tend to earn more money over their lifetimes and enjoy a better quality of life.  Contact  Fort Lauderdale Eye Care and Eyewear at 954-763-2842  if you know anyone with reading difficulties who can benefit from this breakthrough technology.

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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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