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Local Miami Gorilla Undergoes Cataract Surgery

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Josephine is a 42 year old, 160 pound gorilla that lives in Miami at the MetroZoo.  She had severe cataracts that made her vision so blurry – they only allowed her to see shadows.  The cataracts were impairing her vision to the point where her quality of life was becoming severely diminished.

Recently, Josephine underwent cataract surgery – which is a very common surgery for humans (especially here  in South Florida) but, is extremely rare in gorillas (it has only been performed a handful of times).  The surgery was very risky due to Josephine’s advanced age of 42 (gorillas usually live to around age 50) and the necessity to administer general anesthesia.

Josephine had top ranking human and veterinary Eye Doctors attending to her pre-op and her surgery.   They were able to remove her cloudy lenses (cataracts) inside of her eyes and replace the old lenses with new, clear synthetic ones to hopefully restore the clarity of her vision once again.

Human Eye Doctor,  Dr Frank Spektor, described her cataracts as “hard as baseballs” once they were removed from Joespine’s eyes.  He also described the procedure as “Exhilarating….and exhausting.”

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Our Condolences To The Family Of Our Patient – Scott Nelson

Scott Nelson had been a trusting and loyal patient of  Visionary Eyecare in Pembroke Pines  for over 10 years.  Earlier this year he even recorded a public Video Testimonial for his Eye Doctor – Dr Dawn Bearden – which appeared on YouTube, our blog and our website.  Tragically, on Tuesday September 29th on the 10pm news,  Channel 7’s  reporter – Nicole Linsalata – reported that Scott and his wife (Julie) were found shot in their home in Pembroke Pines.  During the news report – they aired clips of Scott’s Video Testimonial for his Optometrist (Dr Bearden) that they found on YouTube.

According to the news report by Channel 7 – Scott’s 18yo son, Andrew, called police around 330am saying that someone had broken into their home and that his parents had been shot.  Scott and his wife were taken to Memorial Regional Hospital where he was listed in critical condition and his wife was listed in serious condition.

The news report stated that Scott fell in love and married his next door neighbor (Julie) on the 4th of July of this year.  Friends said that he was a wonderful friend and a happy newlywed.

Dr Bearden clearly remembers Scott to be a very sweet, caring and loyal man.  She was shocked and deeply saddened by this tragic news of her longtime patient.

Sadly, the Broward edition of the Miami Herald reported that Scott died from his injuries on Friday Oct 2nd.

This case is still under investigation and if you have ANY information – please call Broward Crime Stoppers (www.wsvn.com) 954-493-TIPS.

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Dr Dawn Bearden Educates About Social Media Marketing At The Health And Wealth Annex Event At The Ft Lauderdale Hilton Marina

From The HealthAnd Wealth Website

From The Health And Wealth Website

Did you want to learn how to use Social Media (Facebook, Blogging, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn etc.) in order to create an enormous presence online….which will in turn,  build your business?? Do you have a website now but, it is not getting a lot of hits or attention from Google??    Do you want to learn how to rank high on Google for FREE?? Social Media (when used properly) can help!

If you are in the Ft Lauderdale area on July 18th – you can come and hear Dr Dawn Bearden speak at the Health and Wealth Annex to get more educated about this subject.  Learn how to harness the POWER of the INTERNET using FREE Social Media resources.  The 2 day weekend event will be held at the Ft Lauderdale Hilton Marina and is only $149 (valued at $995). 

Click HERE to register (Use Coupon Code DBEARDEN).

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The Health and Wealth Annex is all about “Igniting Your Life and Feeding Your Passion”.

Speakers for the event include:

Robert White – author and keynote speaker on The Power of  Extraordinary Results in Organizational Leadership, successfully handling rapid change, entrepreneurial success and being more personally effective

David Naylorwill teach you how to their Inner Passions and get on a path of reconditioning themselves to Live an Extraordinary Lifestyle. He finds ways to have people look at their lives in a different way to discover and take on their passions in life, and getting themselves out of their own way.

Andy Henriquez – creator of The Fundamentals of Real Estate Wholesaling course  – learn how to find properties, analyze potential deals, attract buyers, and get to the closing. The course is simple and easy-to-follow and has been designed to assist you in getting your very first wholesale deal.

Errict Rhettformer NFL player will speak on Perseverance and Excellence. He is the CEO of both Errict Rhett Custom Homes and The Errict Rhett Foundation, which was originally founded in Cleveland, Ohio and supports the provision of affordable housing.

Dr Dawn Bearden – Local Broward County Eye Doctor / Optometrist from Visionary Eyecare  (3 Independent Doctor of Optometry Offices located next to Lenscrafters in Pembroke Pines and Sunrise / Sawgrass Mills Mall and Pearle Vision in Davie)  and educator specializing in Harnessing the Power of Social Media Marketing and Networking

Frank Polancic – Author  of  “Why Wait?  Create Your Soul Mate Now”.  He will speak about about using the Law of Attraction in finding your Soul Mate

Gustavo Pinero – will educate you about Transforming Your Mind Around your Health – the dynamics that the mind and food have on healing.  Gustavo is a Seminar Leader, Coach, Visionary, Healer, Medical Intuitive, Advocate for Synergy between Eastern and Western Medicine, Board of Trustee Member for Students of Medicine.

Lee Clark –  As a life coach he specializes in guiding clients in discovering their passions via a Passion Test, defining career options and furthering the Discovery of their Life’s Purpose.

Michael Kennedy – from Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC  speaks on Creating Your Own Environment in Corporate America

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Click HERE to register (Use Coupon Code DBEARDEN).

The Health and Wealth Annex offers a FREE copy of Napolean Hill’s “Think And Grow Rich” book when you subscribe to their Free E-Newsletter (E-Zine).  Click HERE to subscribe.

To Register:

CALL 877-HW-ANNEX

Registration Code: DBEARDEN

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Cosmetic Eye Fashion – Eye Tattoos and Eye Jewelry

JewelEye Cosmetic Eye Charm

JewelEye Cosmetic Eye Charm

OK…now we’ve seen some interesting things here at Visionary Eyecare…but, this stuff really takes the cake!

Eyeball  Jewelry and Eyeball Tattoos….now we’ve seen everything!

These cosmetic eye fashion procedures take the phrase “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder” to a completely new level….

Apparently, there is a company called JewelEye that makes cosmetic 3.5mm eye jewelry platinum implants in the shape of a heart or a half moon.  The implant is inserted beneath the conjunctiva (which is the “skin” that covers the white of the eye) yet, on top of the sclera (which is the “white” of the eye).

WARNING THE VIDEO BELOW IS VERY GRAPHIC –

EYE SURGICAL PROCEDURE

Although Dutch eye surgeons at the Netherlands Institute for Innovative Ocular Surgery perform this 15 minute patented procedure (they say that they actually have a waiting list), in 2004 the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) spoke out against this type of cosmetic implant. An AAO member stated that these implants may cause scar tissue or allow bacteria to get under the conjunctiva which could erode the sclera (the white of the eye) or cause other vision threatening infections. The AAO commented that if these problems ocured – then it could become very difficult to remove the implant.

Another problem is that the conjunctiva is loosely attached to the sclera – so by placing an implant under the conjunctiva…in time, the implant may move around and not stay in place. This could irritate the patient’s eye and possibly cause vision problems.

Eyeball Tattoo

Eyeball Tattoo

And another cosmetic eye procedure is the Eyeball Tattoo.  Much like the JewelEye implant…the tattoo ink is inserted bewteen the sclera and the conjunctiva (the white of the eye and the skin that covers it) with a needle.

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This procedure looks like it is being done in a tattoo parlor – which is a not a sterile operating room. The risk of infection is very high – which can lead to visual impairment.

Also, a needle being used that close to an eye in a surgically untrained hand can be very dangerous.   One slip and the needle could scratch the front of the eye (the cornea).   Worse yet,  the needle could penetrate the eye – causing a retinal detachment which is vision threatening OR it could cause an infection inside the eye  – which could lead to loss of the eye.

WARNING – THE VIDEOS BELOW ARE VERY GRAPHIC!!

Again, most eye doctors would advise NOT to have this procedure done – the multitude of  RISKS FAR OUTWEIGH any positive cosmetic benefit.

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Video: Martha Stewart Talks About Annual Eye Exam Importance

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Ask Dr Dawn Bearden… or any Eye Doctor or Staff member at Visionary Eyecare in Pembroke Pines or Sunrise….and they will always tell you that having an annual eye exam is very important.  But why?!?!???

Is it because your eyeglasses prescription changes every year and you need to get new glasses?!?!??!  Well, often the prescription can change from year to year BUT, there are MORE IMPORTANT reasons to have your eyes checked annually.

Martha Stewart recently interviewed Optometrist, Dr Rhonda Robinson, about annual eye examinations.  Dr. Robinson explained that the reasons to have an annual eye exam change as a person goes through each life stage.

Babies (6mo to 1 year old) need to have their eyes examined to screen for lazy eye, any visual system developmental problems and eye health issues like tumors inside of their eyes.

School age children need to have their eyes examined yearly for another important reason – for a child around 80% of learning is accomplished through vision.  Yearly exams can help determine if they are using their eyes together vs using one eye more than the other.

We are in a new age where the visual demands of children and teens are being stressed in completely different ways – iPods, cell phones, computers, Blackberries, MySpace & Facebook, texting….the list is endless.


Even SMALL changes in a prescription can make a  HUGE difference in visual comfort.

Adults need to have a yearly eye exam to ensure good eye and systemic health.  The majority of eye medical issues DO NOT cause any visual problems or blur…eye health issues like glaucoma, retinal holes and tears, tumors in and behind the eye etc  may be completely asymptomatic.  A comprehensive eye exam can also help detect systemic problems that you may be unaware of – like diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, multiple sclerosis, brain tumors and more…

Adults around 40 and over usually experience near vision blur called Presbyopia.  Now there are a multitude of options to help correct Presbyopia and give clear near vision while reading – reading glasses, multifocal/bifocal/progressive eye glasses, multifocal/bifocal contact lenses.

Its important for seniors to have yearly eye exams to help detect eye health changes associated with aging – such as cataracts, glaucoma and age related macular degeneration (ARMD / AMD).

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Bionic Contact Lens – One of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2008

Bionic Contact Lens - University of Washington

Bionic Contact Lens - University of Washington

Time.com (in partnership with CNN) recently reported that a prototype of a “bionic” contact lens has been created and Time has listed this as one of the Best Inventions of 2008.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

The University of Washington’s Babak Parviz has created a prototype “bionic” contact lens that creates a display over the wearer’s visual field, so images, maps, data, etc., appear to float in midair. The lens works using tiny LEDs, which are powered by solar cells, and a radio-frequency receiver.

We think this is really “kewl”.

Maybe one day during your eye exam you can ask one of the Visionary Eyecare Doctors to be fitted for a contact lens that would allow you to see a map while you are driving or see an excel data sheet floating in mid air (that only you can see) during a really important presentation.  Wow!  Now that is definitely a huge step up from just plain old colored contact lenses or bifocal contact lenses….this is the next evolution BEYOND just seeing 20/20.

Check out the video below to see more of  TIME’s Best Inventions of 2008 – including futuristic swimwear worn by Michael Phelps, DNA test kits,  a very sporty and fast electric car and lots of different kinds of robots….

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Fox News Video – Child Eye Exam Can Reveal The Cause of Learning Problems in School

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Parents: Don’t depend on a school vision screening or a Pediatrician vision screening as the only method of assessing your child’s vision. While screenings do help to pick up SOME vision issues – they do not pick up ALL of them. Your child may pass a screen and still have a significant vision problem.

Vision is the MOST important sense for learning. Unfortunately, if a child has a vision problem, has passed the screening and has not had a comprehensive eye exam with an eye doctor…there could be some problems in school . Often a child in this situation is labeled with a “Learning Disorder”. Another common issue is children that have Convergence Insufficiency (which is when the eyes can see clearly but, do not work well together to see near objects for reading) – they are often labeled “ADD”.

Parents be on the lookout for these issues in your child:

  • Trouble Reading
  • Complaints of Fatigue While Reading
  • Tilt of the Head to See or Read
  • Losing Their Place While Reading
  • Sitting Too Close To The TV or Computer

Be aware that vision problems can not only cause problems with learning…..they can also impact a child’s social, emotional and physical development.

This video has a great recommendation:

Get your child to take a 20 second visual break for every 20 minutes they spend on the computer or watching TV. A visual break means to look away – to a far away object. This can sometimes help to combat the rapid progression of nearsightedness (mypoia) in many children.

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