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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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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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We really look forward to connecting with YOU!!

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