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This is a great video (BEST VIEWED THROUGH YOUR FIREFOX WEB BROWSER) about a kid who is having his or her FIRST eye examination. When a child enters an eye clinic for the first time – there is usually some apprehension and fear (for both the child… and the parent!).
Viewing this great video with your child prior to having an eye exam can help explain some of the vision tests that the Eye Doctor and his/her support staff is doing. It will also help you and your child become more comfortable with what goes on during an eye exam. Believe it or not….an eye exam can be a lot of fun!
Visionary Eyecare provides eye exams for children at all 3 of our Broward County / Ft Lauderdale area Locations – Pembroke Pines (next to Lenscrafters), Davie (next to Pearle Vision) and Sunrise (Next to Lenscrafters and INSIDE the Sawgrass Mills Mall).
We are providers for EyeMed and this excellent video was provided by EyeMed Vision Care.
Great News!!! If you live in South Florida / Broward County then you need to know that we are Eye Doctor / Optometrist providers for the EyeMed Network Vision Care Insurance Plan to provide you with your discounted Eye Exam, Vision Exam, Vision Testing, Eye Testing, Contact Lens Exam and more!
As EyeMed Providers and as always, we provide you with our state-of-the-art, computerized and high-tech eye examinations and contact lens exams. We also provide emergency eye care, laser vision consultations, cataract, glaucoma and retinal evaluations, as well as all types of eye health care.
We have offices in Pembroke Pines and Sunrise and conveniently serve ALL of the surrounding areas of Ft Lauderdale, Plantation, Davie, Weston, Tamarac, Margate, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Pompano, Miami Gardens, Cooper City, Miramar, Dania, Hallandale, Aventura, Miami Lakes, North Miami Beach, Hialeah, Hollywood and more…
Here is a partial list of some of the EyeMed Discount Plans that we particpate in:
Please call our offices to confirm that we are still participating in YOUR plan….as contracts come up – some plans are added and others are deleted. Again, its always best to check with us first and remember that the list above is only a partial list!
Be sure to use your benefits before the end of the year….use your Flex Plan Spending!
Below is information about our offices for your convenience:
Located on the SE Corner of Palm and Pines (near Bank of America)
Located INSIDE the Sawgrass Mall (between Brandsmart and JCPenny Outlet)
Visionary Eyecare in Pembroke Pines, Davie and Sunrise always recommends an eye exam on a regular basis….
Do you know what we tell our patients about how often they should be having an eye exam?? If you read this blog…you probably already know the answer….
But the BIG question is – How often do YOU get your eyes examined by an eye doctor??
We will write a future post on this blog based on YOUR feedback in this poll….so make sure you vote!
Your eye is like a camera. There are 2 structures that focus light – much like the lens of a camera. These 2 structures are the cornea and the lens. The cornea is the clear front surface of your eye that is located in front of the colored part of your eye (called the iris).
If you are a contact lens wearer – the contact lens sits on the cornea. Not all corneas are the same size. Some are more curved or “steep” and others are more “flat”. It is important to be properly fit for contact lenses by your eye doctor. If a contact lens is not properly fit, the contact can cause serious problems for the wearer – including corneal distortion, corneal swelling, corneal ulcers, inflammation and more.
A corneal topographer is an instument that can detect any corneal distortions caused from a contact lens. A contact lens may look and feel “fine” but, it can still be causing problems that you may be unaware of. Many times sleeping in your contact lenses or overwearing your contacts (wearing a 2 week contact for more than 2 weeks) can cause corneal distortions.
At Visionary Eyecare in Pembroke Pines, Sunrise and Davie- we perform a corneal topography on ALL contact lens patients. During the contact lens eye exam we use the corneal topographer to monitor the health of the patient’s cornea before fitting with a new contact lens and also to monitor the corneal health year to year for established contact lens wearers.
Astigmatism is a refractive error – meaning that the light that is coming into the eye is not focused perfectly on the “film” in back of the eye (called the retina – which is a layer of nerve tissue). The retina is much like a movie screen or the film in your camera – the image must be focused PERFECTLY on the retina for the eye to see clearly. If the image is focused in front of the retina or behind the retina – much like a movie screen or camera film – the image will be blurry. This unfocused image is sent by the retina to the brain – where it is perceived as blurry, cloudy or distorted vision.
Astigmatism is a refractive error caused when the front surface of the eye (the cornea) or the lens (which is located inside the eye behind the colored part of the eye – called the iris) is irregularly shaped and oblong – much like a football. This irregular shape causes the light to be focused on 2 seperate points – either in front of or behind the retina. This causes distortion of the vision and blur at all distances. So objects at a distance and also nearby are blurry and/or distorted. The higher the degree of astigmatism – the more distortion and blur you will have.
Several methods can focus the light perfectly on the retina for you. Glasses, contact lenses (called astigmatic or toric contacts) or laser vision correction are aids that are available to help focus the light and images on the retina – which will get you to see clearly again!
Click the video above to learn what is the cause of Astigmatism. It is most commonly caused when the shape of front surface of your eye (called the cornea) is not perfectly round (like a baseball) but, it is more oblong shaped (like a football). When this oblong shape is located on the cornea then it is called “Corneal Astigmatism”. Less often, the lens inside your eye (located right behind the colored part of your eye called the iris) can also be oblong shaped. This is called “Lenticular Astigmatism”.
Most commonly, people are born with this oblong shape to their eyes and often it can become a bit worse as time goes on. More rarely – astigmatism can be induced by a trauma to the eye.
Astigmatism causes a blur and distortion to your vision – for both distance and near objects. The higher the amount of astigmatism – the worse the blur and distortion will be. Astigmatism can be corrected with a variety of options – glasses, contact lenses (called toric or astigmatic contacts) and laser vision surgery.
Here at Visionary Eyecare we are always curious to know your opinions…. we love hearing from you!!
So tell us….what is your favorite eye color??
Click on the poll box above to cast your vote…
Broward County in South Florida is a a wonderful melting pot!
Visionary Eyecare has eye clinics in Davie (Next to Pearle Vision), Pembroke Pines and Sunrise (Next to Lenscrafters)…and we have a wonderful mix of patients from ALL OVER the globe.
If you or your friends are looking to view our website and learn about Visionary Eyecare but, you would like to view the website in another language….then you are now in LUCK! Learn more about our vision exams, our contact lens exams, our eye doctors, our online eye exam appointments and more….in 12 available languages.
Go to www.VisionaryEyecareOnline.com and scroll down to the very bottom of the page and you will see the Yahoo Babel Fish picture as shown above.
Yahoo Babel Fish is a language translator. Just select the language that you want to view the page in….. and it will be translated for you immediately. Available languages include Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Chinese, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portugese and Russian.
Kudos to Illinois for leading the way in children’s vision care!!!
Illinois recently passed a law that intends for ALL children to receive a comprehensive eye examination from an Eye Doctor before entering school – so no child from Illinois will fall between the cracks of the “vision screen” system. Here in South Florida at Visionary Eyecare, we see WAY too many children that have significant visual problems that were simply NOT picked up on these school or pediatrician vision screenings. When a child has a vision problem and it is not detected and treated early enough – this can lead to a LIFETIME of vision problems.
Please click on the above picture to sign a petition to fully support this legistlation by incorporating a Vision First Exam Form. This exam form will insure that the children are receiving very thorough and comprehensive eye exams from an Eye Dr before they attend school.
We want to support Illinois every step of the way so hopefully they will support Florida on day in passing similar legislation one day for our children!!
For more information please visit:
Vision First Foundation: http://www.visionfirstfoundation.org/
Janet’s Journal BLOG: http://janetsjournalblog.com/
Congrats and much love to our wonderful Eye Doctor … Emily McCulloh … who was recently married to Brady Hollingsworth on September 27th!
Dr Tenn (our other awesome Optometrist) and Ralph Justiz (our Optometric Technician from the Visionary Eyecare office in Pembroke Pines) traveled to Oklahoma to share this special day with Dr Emily McCulloh. Dr Anna-Kay Tenn served as a beautiful bridesmaid in the wedding. Both – Dr Emily McCulloh and Dr Anna-Kay Tenn work at our Pembroke Pines, as well as, our Sunrise (inside Sawgrass Mills Mall) eye clinic locations located next to Lenscrafters.
Here are some pictures from the special day…
“I woke up this morning and my eye was really red – like there was blood on the white of my eye!”
This is a very frightening looking condition affecting patients. They come in with a red eye – like a bright red blood patch on the white of their eye – but, there is no pain, discharge or blurriness to their vision. Sometimes the eye may feel a little bit “scratchy” or irritated but, that is usually rare. Sometimes they are caused by trauma to the eye but, most of the time they occur without any injury sustained to the eye – they just seem to appear “out of nowhere”.
It is called a Subconjunctival Hemorrhage – or “Subconj Heme” for short. It is caused when one of the tiny blood vessels on the white of your eye ruptures and that tiny drop of blood gets trapped between the white of your eye (the sclera) and the clear skin that covers the sclera (called the conjunctiva). Sometimes this blood vessel breakage can be caused by a strong cough, vomiting, lifting something heavy, constipation strain, a stong sneeze etc. This “trapped” blood usually takes about 7-14 days to clear up. It is sort of like a bruise under the skin (but here the “skin” is the clear conjunctiva)….first the color is red and bright then over time it may turn different colors over time and become a bit yellowish before it completely clears up.
If you are on a “blood thinning” medication – it can cause the blood vessel to take a longer time to stop bleeding and a small blood spot can quickly become a much larger one due to the delay in clotting. Many times a patient may be taking aspirin, coumadin or warfarin (these are blood thinning oral medications) or some type of herbs that can cause cause blood thinning and bleeding risks like St John’s Wort, Cayenne Pepper, Garlic, Ginger and Ginkgo. People with high blood pressure and/or diabetes can also be at higher risk for developing a “Subconj Heme”.
It is always a good idea to go to see your eye doctor if you have a red eye and think you may have a subconjunctival hemorrhage. Many red eyes look alike and the doctor can tell you if you really have a subconj heme or if the redness is being caused by an eye infection or other serious condition. If it is a subconj heme then the doctor can determine if you need to be sent for further investigation of possible blood/bleeding disorders.