Our Lead Technician, Carol Marsh-Urquhart and her very special friend, Corey
Two 11 year old kids – Corey and Alliston – came into the Visionary Eyecare
Office in Pembroke Pines… they were selling candy TO BUY THEIR OWN
school supplies when our lead tech, Carol Marsh-Urquhart
, was in charge. Carol
was so touched by their humbleness and exuberant entrepreneurial energy in finding a way to buy their own school supplies that she thought of ANOTHER WAY
to help them get their supplies.
She contacted her church – Christ The Rock
in Cooper City – and inquired about any program that would help kids in need. Carol
was able to get 2 book bags filled with school supplies for the two youngsters. She then called the kids, Corey and Alliston, who were extremely happy to FINALLY have their school supplies!!!
During this encounter, Carol
also had noticed that Corey had a very severe and cosmetically troublesome eye turn and thought about ways in which she could help him with his problem – maybe there was a way that she could help him get his eyes properly aligned….
spoke with our Eye Doctor, then connected him with Nova Optometry Pediatric Department for his specialized optometrist eye exam and then connected him with the Lenscrafters OneSight Program
so he was able to get a new pair of glasses.
also was able to contact a local Pediatric Ophthalmologist, Dr Bruce Miller, for Corey. After a couple of visits to the Ophthalmologist, surgery is now scheduled to correct Corey’s eye turn. Corey’s mother had absolutely NO IDEA
that her son’s eye turn could be resolved – she thought that Corey was just born that way and that nothing could be done about this very cosmetic eye turn problem. She thought that Corey would have to live with his eye turn forever.
Corey and his mother are now eternally thankful to Visionary Eyecare’s lead tech, Carol
, for helping her son to be able to live his life without this troublesome eye turn – called strabismus.
Posted in Children's Vision Care, Friends and Patients, OneSight.org / Gift of Sight, Pines Office (Next to Lenscrafters)
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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 Visionary Eyecare in Pembroke Pines, Sunrise (Next to Lenscrafters) and Davie (Next to Pearle Vision) – our Optometrists, Dr Bearden, Dr Tenn and Dr McCulloh, begin to see children at age 4.
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
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
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
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.
Posted in Children's Vision Care, Eye Test, Vision Screening
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This is a story of how an eye exam can actually change the course of a child’s life.
Jennifer is a loving mother of an 5 year old little boy. Her son is absolutely adorable and a really good child yet, in school he was being labeled a “difficult / problem child” and a “disturbance in the classroom”. He often did not want to pay attention in school, frequently “acted out” and even threw his books. He just did not seem to be interested in reading or learning – at ALL.
As a mother, she knew that this behavior in school seemed a bit odd and out of character for the sweet, loving boy that she knew her son to be at home. The comments from the school really alarmed Jennifer that something was definitely wrong.
Her young son had passed his Pediatrician’s vision screening, AS WELL AS the school vision screening but, acting on motherly instinct – she ignored the comments that “his vision is fine” and took him to see the Optometrist, Dr Dawn Bearden, for a routine eye exam. Eye Doctor, Dr Bearden, manages the Visionary Eyecare (Independent Doctor of Optometry) offices next to Lenscrafters in Pembroke Pines and Sunrise and also next to Pearle Vision in Davie.
During the routine eye examination – Dr Bearden discovered that Jennifer’s son was able to read the eye chart with just a little bit of blur but, he needed eyeglasses to correct the strain that he was feeling while reading. Once the strain was relieved from wearing the glasses full time…the child suddenly became more attentive in school and began reading ALL THE TIME.
Actually, he loved reading SO MUCH that he won an award from his kindergarten teacher for reading!! He even received an award from the school’s Principal for “Most Improved Reader”…he actually read 26 books within 30 days. WOW!!
Jennifer is now a HUGE advocate to have children get eye exams from an eye doctor and for parents NOT to be lulled into complacency by their child passing a vision screening. Her child could have gone through life in the classroom being labeled a “problem” and a “disturbance” simply because he could not see well and his eyes were being strained in school.
Jennifer states the following in her video:
No matter how well a parent THINKS their child sees well or if a child is labeled a “problem” in the classroom because he does not pay attention…it may just be because he can’t see well.
The eye exam has made a HUGE difference and my son has excelled, he is doing wonderful and his behavior is like “night and day”!
“I’m a big ADVOCATE…get your child checked by a (eye care) professional!!”
Posted in Blurry Near Vision, Children's Vision Care, Dr Dawn Bearden, Friends and Patients, Testimonials, Videos, Vision Screening
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A Visual Representation of the Visionary Eyecare Blog
Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words!!
And sometimes that picture is made from a thousand words…..
Here are some visual representations of the Visionary Eyecare Blog from Wordle.
It visibly shows that our blog talks about the Eye, an Optometrist, an Eye Exam, Pembroke Pines, Sunrise, Eye Dr, Contacts, Dr Dawn Bearden, Dr Emily McCulluh, Dr Anna-Kay Tenn, Lenscrafters, an Eye Doctor, Vision, Eye Care, Eye Health and more….
Just by scanning one of these images – a reader can immediately get a feel for what the Visionary Eyecare Blog is all about!!
Posted in Dr Anna-Kay Tenn, Dr Dawn Bearden, Dr Emily McCulloh, Fun and Cool Stuff, Photography and Visual Art, Pines Office (Next to Lenscrafters), Sawgrass Office (Next to Lenscrafters)
Tagged Contact Lens, Contacts, Dawn Bearden, Dr Anna-Kay Tenn, Dr Bearden, Dr Dawn Bearden, Dr Emily McCulloh, Eye, Eye Care Pembroke Pines, Eye Care Sunrise, Eye Doctor, Eye Doctor Pembroke Pines, Eye Doctor Sunrise, Eye Exam Pembroke Pines, Eye Exam Sunrise, Eye Health, Eye Health Pembroke Pines, Eye Health Sunrise, Lenscrafters, Optoemtrist Sunrise, Optometrist, Optometrist Pembroke Pines, Vision, Visionary Eye Care, Visionary Eyecare, Visionary Eyecare Blog
The Optomap Retinal Examination is currently available at Visionary Eyecare – the Independent Doctors of Optometry Next to Lenscrafters in Pembroke Pines and Sunrise (INSIDE the Sawgrass Mills Mall).
This incredible technology allows your Eye Doctor to scan the internal lining of your eye called the retina and save this image on the computer for year to year comparisons. The retina has about 1 million nerve fibers in it and is an extension of your brain. The retina is also the ONLY place in the human body where a doctor can observe working nerve fibers and blood vessels WITHOUT cutting into the body. Subtle eye health changes can be documented, monitored and compared each year.
Your retina can show early signs of systemic problems that can cause damage to nerves and blood vessels such as Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol and more. Your retina can also demonstrate eye health issues such as Glaucoma, Retinal Detachment, Macular Degeneration and Eye Tumors and/or Eye Cancer.
Most of the time the patient does not need to have their eyes dilated in order for the Optometrist to obtain a good Optomap retinal scan – so this is a big benefit.
The TV show called “The Doctors” aired a segment discussing the Optomap Retinal Scan and the benefits of this technology during your yearly eye examination to preserve BOTH your eye health and your systemic health.
Posted in Ask the Eye Doctor, Brain Tumors, Cancer, Diabetes, Diabetic Eye Care, Eye Cancer, Eye Test, Glaucoma, High Blood Pressure / Hypertension, High Cholesterol, Pines Office (Next to Lenscrafters), Sawgrass Office (Next to Lenscrafters), Videos, Visionary Eyecare - Sunrise, Visionary Eyecare- Pembroke Pines
Tagged Diabetes, Eye Cancer, Eye Doctor, Eye Doctor Pembroke Pines, Eye Doctor Sunrise, Eye Health, Eye Tumors, Eyes Dilated, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Lenscrafters, Lenscrafters Pembroke Pines, Lenscrafters Sawgrass Mall, Lenscrafters Sunrise, Macular Degeneration, Optomap, Optomap Pembroke Pines, Optomap Retinal Exam, Optomap Sunrise, Optometrist Pembroke Pines, Optometrist Sunrise, Retina, Retinal Detachment, The Doctors, The Doctors Eye, The Doctors Optomap, Visionary Eyecare, Visionary Eyecare - Sunrise, Visionary Eyecare Lenscrafters, Visionary Eyecare Sawgrass, Visionary Eyecare- Pembroke Pines
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Brian Regan shares his hilarious interpretation of his experience during his eye exam with his eye doctor…
Funny stuff like…
- How can instantly improved vision NOT be at the top of your To-DoList?!?!?
- How to end up with big thick “Coke Bottle” glasses…
- Do You Like Number One or Number Two…..???
- Eye Exam Anxiety
- In the Eye Exam Room….Dark and Alone With the Eye Dr
From Dr Dawn Bearden and the entire Visionary Eyecare team (in Pembroke Pines and Sunrise) to you…….ENJOY!!
Posted in Fun Eye Stuff, Videos
Tagged Brian Regan, Dawn Bearden, Dr Bearden, Dr Dawn Bearden, Eye Care, Eye Doctor, Eye Doctor Pembroke Pines, Eye Doctor Sunrise, Eye Dr Pembroke Pines, Eye Dr Sunrise, Eye Exam, Eye Exam Anxiety, Eye Exam Pembroke Pines, Eye Exam Sunrise, Eyecare, Glasses, Improved Vision, Number One or Number Two, Trifocals, Visionary Eyecare, Visionary Eyecare - Sunrise, Visionary Eyecare- Pembroke Pines
Erik Nunez is a South Florida resident and was a patient of Dr Dawn Bearden a few years ago in the Pembroke Pines office. When he was due for his last eye exam he just happened to be out of the country and visiting his family in Argentina. Erik had his eye examination from an eye doctor in Argentina and was never able to see out of his glasses very well.
He returned to Dr Bearden to “get fixed” and here is his video testimonial (also available on our Visionary Eyecare YouTube Channel).
Posted in Testimonials, Videos
Tagged Argentina, Dr Bearden, Dr Dawn Bearden, Erik Nunez, Eye Doctor Pembroke Pines, Eye Exam, Eye Exam Pembroke Pines, Eye Examination, Pembroke Pines Eye Doctor, Pembroke Pines Eye Exam, South Florida Eye Doctor, South Florida Eye Exam, Visionary Eyecare, Visionary Eyecare YouTube, YouTube, YouTube Video
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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
We would like to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy Holiday season!!
Along with the holiday season comes the end of the year rush to get your eye exam and use your vision insurance benefits and/or your flex spending account. It gets REALLY busy the last week of the year…so don’t miss out on your opportunity to see the Eye Doctor this year…use your vision benefits today! You can use the links below to make an online appointment for your eye examination !
CLICK HERE to make an appointment at our Pembroke Pines Office
CLICK HERE to make an appointment at our Sunrise (INSIDE Sawgrass Mills Mall) Office
Happy Holidays from Dr Dawn Bearden and
the Entire Visionary Eyecare Team!!
Posted in EyeMed, Insurance
Tagged Eye Doctor, Eye Doctor Pembroke Pines, Eye Doctor Sunrise, Eye Exam, Flex Spending, Happy Holidays, Insurance Benefits, Online Appointment, Online Eye Exam Appointment, Pembroke Pines, Pembroke Pines Eye, Pembroke Pines Eye Doctor, Pembroke Pines Eye Exam, Pembroke Pines Online Eye Exam, Pembroke Pines Online Eye Exam Appointment, Pembroke Pines Vision, Sunrise, Sunrise Eye, Sunrise Eye Doctor, Sunrise Eye Exam, Sunrise Online Eye Exam, Sunrise Online Eye Exam Appointment, Sunrise Vision, Vision, Vision Care, Vision care Insurance, Vision Insurance
Posted in Dr Anna-Kay Tenn, Dr Dawn Bearden, Dr Emily McCulloh, Friends and Patients, Pines Office (Next to Lenscrafters), Special Events, Visionary Eyecare- Pembroke Pines
Tagged Anna-Kay Tenn, Dawn Bearden, Dr Anna-Kay Tenn, Dr Bearden, Dr Dawn Bearden, Dr Emily McCulloh, Dr McCulloh, Dr Tenn, Emily McCulloh, Eye Clinic, Eye Doctor Pembroke Pines, Eye Exam, Eye Exam Pemboke Pines, Lenscrafters, Lenscrafters Eye Exam, Patient Appreciation, Pemboke Lenscrafters, Pembroke Pines Eye Clainic, Pembroke Pines Eye Doctor, Pembroke Pines Eye Exam, Pembroke Pines Lenscrafters, Visionary, Visionary Eye Exam, Visionary Eyecare