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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.”
Posted in Cataract, Causes of Blurry Vision, Fun and Cool Stuff, News in the Media
Tagged Blurry Vision, Cataract Surgery, Cataracts, Cloudy Lenses, Dr Frank Spektor, Eye Doctor, Gorilla, Gorilla cataract, Gorilla Cataract Surgery, Josephine Gorilla, MetroZoo, Miami, Miami Gorilla, Miami Gorilla Cataract, Miami Gorilla Surgery, Ophthalmologist, South Florida, South Florida Eye Doctor, Vision
Problems In The Body Caused By Diabetes
According to a study published in “Diabetes Care” – almost 13 percent of all adults aged 20 or older have Diabetes and 40 percent of these people have NOT been diagnosed with either diabetes or pre-diabetes.
Non-Hispanic Blacks and Mexican Americans had TWICE the rate of Diabetes than Non-Hispanic Whites.
So this demonstrates that you may have diabetes and you may not even know it – often there are no symptoms until the diabetic disease had progressed.
Yearly Eye Examinations with your eye doctor (Optometrist or Ophthalmologist) can often help detect early diabetic signs – even when you are not yet having any symptoms. When an eye doctor examines the inside of your eyes during a dilated retinal exam or through the use of retinal photography he or she can see signs of diabetes which include bleeding and swelling of the retina (the nerve layer that lines the inside of your eyes).
Bleeding And Leaking In Diabetic Eye Disease
Common signs of diabetes include increase in hunger, thirst and an increase in urination frequency. If your blood sugar is very high – you can even see a sudden increase in blurry vision.
Diabetes can damage the eyes and cause a permanent decrease in vision… and also increase the risk for stroke, heart attack, kidney damage, impotence and numbness in your fingers and toes.
If you are over 20 and have not had a physical recently – now may be a good time to call your Primary Care Doctor and schedule one…especially if you have been very hungry, thirsty or going to the bathroom a lot!
If it has been more than 12 months since your last visit to your Eye Doctor – pick up the phone and schedule an appointment….for yourself….. and your family members!
Posted in Causes of Blurry Vision, Diabetes, Diabetic Eye Care
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Do you think that you may have Dry Eye??
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you have a lot of burning in your eyes?
- Do you have a lot of tearing in your eyes?
- Do you experience a lot of itching in your eyes?
- Do your eyes feel like there is something in them – like an eyelash or hair – even when there is not?
- Do your eyes feel sandy or gritty?
- Does your vision intermittently blur and when you blink it clears up?
- Do you do a lot of work at a computer?
- Do you do a lot of reading?
- Do you do a lot of work outdoors?
If you answered YES to any of the questions above – then you may have Dry Eye.
Click on the “DRY EYE TEST” at the top of this post to help to determine if you do have dry eye.
If you DO have dry eye or answered YES to any of the questions in the above list – schedule an appointment to see your eye doctor. Your eye doctor can help determine what treatment, if any, is best for you.
Common treatments can include using artificial tears in your eyes frequently throughout the day, fish oil capsules or eye vitamins or capsules to be taken orally, punctal plugs to be inserted or a prescription for a medication like Restasis that can help you produce more tears.
Posted in Causes of Blurry Vision, Dry Eye, Eye Test
Tagged Artificial Tears, Blink, Blurry Vision, Burning Eyes, Computer Work, Dry Eye, Dry Eye Fish Oil, Dry Eye Test, Dry Eye Treatment, Dry Eyes, Dry Eyes Computer, Eye Doctor, Eye Vitamins, Fish Oil Capsules, Free Online Eye Test, Gritty Eyes, Itching Eyes, Itchy Eyes, Online Dry Eye Test, Online Eye Test, Online Eye Testing, Punctal Plugs, Reading, Restasis, Sandy Eyes, Tearing Eyes, Work Outdoors
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Many people over the age of 40 start to notice eye strain and/or blurry vision at near distances – especially for small print. This is called presbyopia.
People who are over 40 with presbyopia need to wear some type of vision correction to read comfortably for small print held at a reading distance. If you are over the age of 40 – you are probably wearing reading glasses, progressive glasses or bifocal glasses. If you don’t wear these corrections now – chances are that you will soon need this type of correction to help you read comfortably at near.
But did you know that if you don’t want to depend on reading glasses or bifocal glasses – there IS another option available for you?? You could wear multifocal or bifocal contacts that would allow you to see far away and close up at the same time.
Each Eye Doctor at Visionary Eyecare (in Pembroke Pines and Sunrise) is highly skilled at fitting bifocal and multifocal contact lenses for you. There are many different brands of bifocal contact lenses so the doctor will customize your contact lens fitting with the precise bifocal or multifocal contact lens for you during your contact lens eye exam. Not everyone is a candidate to wear bifocal contact lenses so, the Optometrist will tell you if you are able to wear bifocal contact lenses and which lens would be the best fit for you.
If you are not a candidate for multifocal or bifocal contact lenes – there may be other options available to allow you to see distance and near at the same time. The doctor may be able to fit you with “monovision” contacts. “Monovision” is usually fit for people who have too much astigmatistm and are unable to wear the bifocal contact lenses. Monovision is when the doctor fits your dominant eye with a contact lens to see distance and your other eye with a contact lens that allows you to see near. Your brain usually adapts to this over time and you are able to see far away and close up without the use of glasses.
Every Visionary Eyecare Optometrist is skilled at fitting all of the above contact lenses but, not every eye doctor is comfortable fitting bifocal, multifocal or monovision contact lenses. So, if you are thinking of getting these types of contacts – check to see if your eye doctor is comfortable performing these types of custom contact lens fittings and evaluations.
Posted in Bifocals, Contact Lenses, Progressive, Videos
Tagged Astigmatism, Bifocal, Bifocal Contact Lenses, Bifocal Contacts, Bifocal Glasses, Bifocals, Blurry Near Vision, Blurry Small Print, Blurry Vision, Eye Doctor, Eye Doctor Pembroke Pines, Eye Doctor Sunrise, Eye Exam Pembroke Pines, Eye Exam Sunrise, Eye Strain, Fitting Bifocal Contacts, Monovision, Monovision Contact Lenses, Monovision Contacts, Multifocal, Multifocal Contact Lenses, Multifocal Contacts, Optometrist Davie, Optometrist Pembroke Pines, Optometrist Sunrise, Over 40, Over 40 Vision, Pembroke Pines Eye Doctor, Pembroke Pines Eye Exam, Pembroke Pines Optometrist, Presbyopia, Reading Glasses, Sunrise Eye Doctor, Sunrise Eye Exam, Sunrise Optometrist, Vision Correction, Visionary Eyecare
Posted in Astigmatism, Causes of Blurry Vision, Videos
Tagged Astigmatic Contact Lenses, Astigmatic Contacts, Astigmatism, Astigmatism Eye, Astigmatism Eye Surgery, Astigmatism eyeglasses, Astigmatism glasses, Astigmatism In The Eye, Astigmatism Laser, Blur, Blurry Image, Blurry Vision, Clear Vision, Cloudy Vision, Contact Lenses, Contacts, Cornea, Distorted Vision, Eye, Eyeglasses, Film In Camera, Film in Eye, Focus, Focus Eye, Focus Light, Football Cornea, Football Eye, Image, Iris Eye, Irregular Cornea, Irregular Eye, Laser Eye Surgery, Laser Vision Surgery, Layer of Nerve Tissue, Lens Eye, Light, Movie Screen, Nerve Tissue, Oblong Cornea, Oblong Eye, Refractive Error, Retina, See Clear, Toric Contact Lenses, Toric Contacts, Unfocused, Video, Video Astigmatism, Video eye
Posted in Astigmatism, Causes of Blurry Vision
Tagged Astigmatic Contact Lenses, Astigmatic Contacts, Astigmatism, Astigmatism Eye, Astigmatism In The Eye, Astigmatism Trauma, Baseball, Baseball Cornea, Baseball Eye, Blur, Blurry Vision, Cause of Astigmatism, Contact Lenses, Contacts, Cornea, Corneal Astigmatism, Distorted Vision, Distortion, Eye, Eye Injury, Eye Trauma, Football, Football Cornea, Football Eye, Glasses, Iris, Laser Surgery For Astigmatism, Laser Vision Surgery, Lens, Lens Astigmatism, Lenticular Astigmatism, Oblong Cornea, Oblong Eye, Oblong Lens, Stigmatism, Toric Contact Lenses, Toric Contacts, Trauma Eye, Vision Blur, Vision Distortion
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!!
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!
Astigmatism Diagram courtesy of:
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New Patient – Tracy
First time patient, Tracy, came into our Pembroke Pines office (next to Lenscrafters) yesterday. She was very upset…telling us that she woke up and her vision was fine but, then the vision in her right eye got suddenly VERY blurry….and she could barely see anything !! This happened right after she put in her colored contact lenses. She almost went to the emergency room but, just at that very moment she happened to look down at the newespaper in front of her…… and saw an advertisement for Lenscrafters UNBEATABLE EVENT that is going on right now. Right then she decided to come in to our office (the Indepependent Doctor of Optometry next to Lenscrafters) to see an Eye Doctor instead of going to the ER.
Ralph, the optometric technician, had Tracy take out her colored contact lenses and then did all of the pre-testing on her. He was concerned because the vision in Tracy’s right eye was EXTREMELY blurry. Dr Bearden also became very concerned after she spoke with Ralph about Tracy (before she went in to see Tracy).
Sudden vision loss and/or blur is often associated with VERY serious visual health problems – like retinal detachment, angle closure glaucoma or other neurological eye problems.
After Dr Bearden saw Tracy – something did not seem quite right. Tracy was not displaying any symptoms or vision loss associated with a retinal detachment or any other SERIOUS eye problem – she was just VERY blurry in her right eye – for seemingly no reason. Dr Bearden looked at Tracy’s right eye under magnification with the slit lamp….and saw….a clear contact lens on Tracy’s right eye!?!?! This was after Tracy had already “taken out” her colored contacts….
Dr Bearden told Tracy “There is a clear contact lens on your right eye”…..Tracy did NOT wear CLEAR contacts – she wore COLORED contacts. So this was VERY strange. Where on EARTH did a clear contact lens come from?!?!?!
Suddenly Tracy exclaimed “Oh my GOD….that must be my HUSBAND’s contact lens!!! He must have put it in my case with my colored contacts by accident!!”. Her husband’s clear contact lens must have been stuck to Tracy’s colored contact lens when she put in her contacts that morning – and then remained on her eye when she took out her colored contacts in our office. Tracy had unknowingly been wearing her husband’s contact lens in her right eye – with her own colored contact lens on top of it!! Tracy’s husbands contact lens presription is about 5x STRONGER than Tracy’s – so this was the cause of her mysterious sudden vision blur. Mystery solved!
Dr Bearden and Tracy were both laughing at the incident and they were also both relieved that this was not a serious vision problem….
Tracy was due for her annual contact lens eye examination anyway, so she just had her routine contact lens eye exam while she was in our office and her trip was not wasted!!
This is a funny story but, Tracy did the RIGHT thing – she came in to see an Eye Doctor when her vision became suddenly blurry. Anytime there is a SUDDEN loss of vision or SUDDEN vision blur – always seek care IMMEDIATELY from your eye doctor!!
Posted in Funny Stories, Pines Office (Next to Lenscrafters), Visionary Eyecare- Pembroke Pines
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Click on the above “Fuzzi” banner to see a Video for you
and your child to view together…
Often children can not express to adults that they may be having problems with their vision. They may not even realize that their vision is blurry or “Fuzzy”. They may be falling behind or having trouble in school…for an “unknown” reason. That “unknown” reason may be due to possible vision problems – even if they are able to PASS the Vision Screening at school or at the Pediatrician’s office.
Click on the “Fuzzi is having trouble at School” banner above and you can watch the video with your child. It may open up a discussion between you and your child about his or her vision. If your child can identify with the problems that “Fuzzi” is having at school – then its time for your child to have a comprehensive eye examination.
Posted in Children's Vision Care
Tagged Blurry Vision, Child, Children, Children's Problems in School, Children's Vision Care, Fuzzy Vision, Kid, Parent, Parents, School, School Problems, Visionary, Visionary Eyecare
Posted in Online Appointments, Pines Office (Next to Lenscrafters), Sawgrass Office (Next to Lenscrafters)
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