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Online Amsler Grid Test for Macular Degeneration and Other Macular Disorders

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The Amsler Grid test is a simple screening test used to assess the area in the back of the eye that is responsible for your most detailed vision (used for reading, seeing facial details etc).  This area is called the Macula and it is located in the center part of the retina (the nerve lining inside the eye – used for sight).

If there are any diseases or degenerations (like Macular Degeneration) that are affecting the Macula – then the Amsler grid test will usually provide early detection that there may be a problem going on.

HOW TO USE THE AMSLER GRID:

Position yourself at about 14-16 inches (about 40 cm) away from the grid.

If you have glasses that you use to read with – make sure you are looking thru the reading part of your glasses

Cover the left eye and use only your right eye to see the grid.

Stare at the white dot in the center of the grid with your uncovered eye.  Keep your eye focused on the dot.  Don’t move your eyes around to see any other part of the grid except for the white dot.  Use your side vision (peripheral vision) to see all the other parts of the grid.  “Glue” your sight to that white dot – don’t move your eye around at all.

While staring at the white dot:

  • Can you see all 4 corners of the grid?
  • Can you see all 4 sides of the grid?
  • Are any of the lines WAVY or MISSING or DISTORTED?   (All lines should look perfectly straight, all intersections should form right angles and all the squares should be the same size.)
  • Are ther any holes or “missing areas” in  the grid?

Then cover the right eye and repeat the steps with using the left eye to see the grid.

If you answered “YES” to any of the above questions then you need to see your eye doctor immediately. The eye doctor will examine the back of your eye and your macula VERY closely to determine if there are any medical issues causing these changes on the Amsler Grid test.  Below is an example of an ABNORMAL Amsler Grid Test (note the distortions in the lines):

AmslerGridAbnormal

If you have been told that you have macular degeneration or any other macular disorder, you should be doing the Amsler Grid test at home DAILY.

The Amsler Grid is a great way to monitor your macular health but you should always have yearly eye examinations with dilation when dictated by your doctor.

If you are in need of your annual eye exam in the Fort Lauderdale area – please call Fort Lauderdale Eye Care and Eyewear office at 954-763-2842 for an appointment with Dr Dawn Bearden (Our Optometrist) OR you can request an appointment with our Eye Doctor ONLINE at www.FLEyecareEyewear.com

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Online Eye Test: Find Your Blind Spot In Each Eye – From Fort Lauderdale Eye Care & Eyewear

Everyone has a BLIND SPOT in their vision of each eye.

Take this FUN test to check it out for yourself !!

Look at graphic of the cross and the circle at the top of this post.

Sit at your computer with your nose pointing in between the cross and the black circle.

Cover your LEFT eye and stare at the cross with your RIGHT eye.

Now SLOWLY move towards the computer screen while still staring at the cross with your RIGHT eye.

At somewhere around 10-14 inches from the computer screen – the black circle will disappear and the area where the black circle was…will now be all white – this is your BLIND SPOT.

If you move closer to the screen or farther away –  the circle will re-appear.  At just the right distance – the circle will disappear.

Now try the OTHER eye…but this time cover your RIGHT eye and look at the CIRCLE with your LEFT eye…..move closer and you will see that the CROSS now disappears!!

Your eye has an inner lining which is made of a sheet of nerves.  This sheet of nerves is responsible for your vision and what you see and it is called the RETINA.  There is a “hole” in the sheet where the Optic Nerve enters the eye.  This area is called the Optic Nerve Head.

Photoreceptors are cells in the retina that detect light and allow you to perceive “vision”.  On the optic nerve head there are NO photoreceptors.  Thus, there is no light or vision detected at this spot in the retina.  This is your “Blind Spot”.  Every eye has a blind spot….your blind spot in your right eye is slightly on your right and your blind spot in your left eye is slightly on your left.

Your brain automatically “fills in” the blind spot area for you…..

Now try it AGAIN with the above green and yellow graphic….but this time you will notice that when you move to just the right distance , the circle will disappear and your brain will fill in your blind spot WITH YELLOW when you are looking with your right eye (left eye covered)….and your brain will fill in your blind spot WITH GREEN when you are looking with your left eye (right eye covered)!!  Your brain automatically matches the surrounding colors when it “fills in” visual information for you.

Cool huh??

Your brain can even “fill in” missing information for you…..in the above graphic, you’ll notice that when you cover your left eye and look at the cross with your right eye – the brain will “fill in” your blind spot (the area where the circle is).  You will see that your brain fills in the line for you.  Keep looking at the cross – don’t look back at the circle – or you will will see the circle again.

Try it AGAIN with the above graphic while looking at the cross with your right eye (cover your left eye) – your brain will put a red circle where your blindspot is….it is “filling in” the “missing information” !!

Amazing.

If you need an eye exam in the Fort Lauderdale area – give us a call at 954-763-2842 or request an appointment ONLINE at www.FLEyecareEyewear.com   Our Optometrist is Dr Dawn Bearden – she has been an eye doctor for over 17 years!

 

Graphics fromSerendip….check out their very informative  website at http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/bb/blindspot1.html

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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!!

CLICK HERE for ONLINE ASTIGMATISM TEST #1

CLICK HERE for ONLINE ASTIGMATISM TEST #3

CLICK HERE for ONLINE ASTIGMATISM TEST #4

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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Video Testimonial: Artist Susan Scott talks about Her Eyeglass Success With Dr Dawn Bearden

Susan Scott is a local artist and patient of Dr Dawn Bearden .  She had previously always had a problem finding an eye doctor who could address all of her creative and artistic visual needs.

One day she was having problems doing an art project and her friend, Evelyn (who is an artist and a patient of Dr Bearden) recommended that Susan go to see Optometrist, Dr Dawn Bearden.

This is Susan’s story…

While Susan and Evelyn were doing an art project together – Susan had THREE pairs of eyeglasses in front of her and still seemed to be having difficulty seeing what she was doing. None of the glasses seemed to meet her artistic visual needs. She felt that she just could not find an Eye Doctor that could give her a prescription that would allow her to see clearly enough to create her art.

After Susan was recommended to Optometrist, Dr Dawn Bearden, from her friend, Evelyn, she realized that Dr Bearden is ALSO an artist. Evelyn originally met Dr Bearden Evelyn because Evelyn was teaching Dr Bearden how to make stained glass art at her store – Glass By Design. Dr Bearden is also passionate about photography. Dr Bearden started taking pictures around age 12 when she was in middle school, she had minored in Photography in College and also had recently attended the Ft Lauderdale Art Institute for Photography. For as long as she can remember – Dr Bearden has ALWAYS had a camera in her hand. Susan felt a connection with Dr Bearden because she felt that they were both artistic and creative individuals. She felt at ease because she knew that THIS particular Doctor would understand her specific visual needs.

After the eye exam, Susan was very happy with the thoroughness of the eye examination. She FINALLY received a glasses prescription that met ALL of her artistic visual needs and she was impressed that the Doctor answered all of her questions in a very clear manner in which Susan could completely understand.

Susan recently moved to Washington, DC – BUT, she still plans yearly trips to South Florida so she can come to see Eye Doctor,  Dr Dawn Bearden,  for her annual eye exam.  Dr Bearden can be found at Fort Lauderdale Eye Care and Eyewear at 954-763-2842 or ONLINE at www.FLEyecareEyewear.com

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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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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.

CLICK HERE to take a test to see if Chromagen Lenses May Be Able to Help You or Your Child.

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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