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10th Anniversary Party Pics!!

Thank you to all our patients, friends, and family who came out to have fun and celebrate our 10th anniversary with us! Below are some pictures of the festivities.

 

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Cristina and Dr. Nate with Cristina’s parents.

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The musical entertainment.

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The winning ten!

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The winners of the free Gucci frames!

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Fun times at the photo booth

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Wonderful people.

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People enjoyed using Vivid Vision.

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Dr. Beth relaxing.

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While Justin plays and sings.

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People having fun.

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Dr. Beth and family

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Dr. Nate talks.

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Yay!

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Making friends.

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Thanks to our friends at Our Town for these awesome custom cookies!

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Working on the Lego mosaic.

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The final product!

Here is a video of how the mosaic was made:

Vote For Your Favorite “10” and Win Gucci Glasses!

To get in the celebration spirit for our 10th anniversary party, we decided to have a creative competition among the Bright Eyes staff! And we’re giving YOU a chance to win FREE Gucci eyeglasses!

The staff was broken into small teams. Each team was give a “10” to decorate. The only rule was that the 10 must not require AC wall power. Other than that, they could do whatever they wanted. The creativity was awesome!

Now, we have voting on Facebook and the team that gets the most votes will win a prize! Better yet, we will randomly select one voter to win their choice of Gucci frames, courtesy of Safilo Eyewear group (for men or women – and we will provide single vision lenses in your prescription!). Awesome!

Final date to vote is Thursday, July 7 at 11:59pm!

Voting is easy, – just click on the image you like and write a Facebook comment on the one you like the most. So here are the entries:

From Team Vermont (Edna, Myriam, and Ann Marie)

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Look at that goofy pride!

From Team Velcro (Dr. Beth, Ngan, and Krysta)

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Look at that local pride!

From Team Glee (Justin and Sara)

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Look at that national pride!

From Team Ricochet (Kay and Mike):

Look at that geeky pride!

 

Now is your turn to vote for your favorite! Remember, just click on the image you like and write a Facebook comment on the one you like the most. The one with the most comments wins!

And don’t forget to come to the party on July 7th!

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Bright Eyes 10 Years Anniversary Party!

Bright Eyes Family Vision Care is turning 10 years old!

Over the last decade, our patients have seen us grow from a small office with a small staff, to two locations with a much larger staff. We have also added Dr. Beth Knighton and a host of specialty vision care services.

I cannot express how meaningful it is to me to see patients over the years. There are children that I examined at 6 months old are now in 4th grade. The 4th graders are now in college. And I have helped many of you (including myself!) into your first pair of reading glasses or multifocal contacts.

We are inviting you to a special celebration of our 10th Anniversary. It will be at our Westchase office on Thursday July 7, 2016.

Featuring:

Come! Drop by! We would love to see you! You can RSVP on here.

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#IPatch On-Line Patching Party to Support Amblyopia

March, 2016, is “Save Your Vision Month”. Our friends at A Child’s Eyes are hosting an #IPatch on-line patching party to help spread awareness about Amblyopia and we are excited to support them!

Amblyopia is the most common cause of vision impairment in children, affecting 2-3 out of every 100 children. If left untreated, Amblyopia can lead to permanent reduced vision. However, Amblyopia is a very treatable form of blindness. Patching or, more formally, Occlusion Therapy is a widely accepted and common treatment for Amblyopia, but only about seventy-five percent of children and their parents who attempt patching are able to succeed with treatment and vision therapy, if necessary. Failure with patching is often due to a lack of knowledge and support.

Here are ways you can participate in the March #IPatch celebration:

  • During the month of March, post pictures of your super patcher on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #IPatch.
  • Go to the #IPatch Photobooth with fun photo effects.
  • Also on the photobooth page is a calendar of themed days to spice up your photos!

Please share this #IPatch event with any friends or family members whom you know are currently patching so that they can join in the fun. And, of course, if you have any questions about Amblyopia and its treatment, feel to ask in a message below or call us at (813)792-0637. We are here to help!

See Well!

-Dr. Nate

Bright Eyes Escaped!

A few times each year we take some time out from patient care to work with the staff. It usually is a little bit of training and a little bit of fun, but we do all of it with our mission of empowering our patients though vision care. This year we took the entire Bright Eyes Family Vision Care to Brunchie’s, one of our favorite spots, and had lots of lively discussions about teamwork and planned interesting projects for 2016. Yes, the food was tasty too!

In the afternoon, we continued the team-building by heading downtown to The Great Escape Room. If you have never done this type of thing, here is a quick overview: you and your team are “locked” in a room for 1 hour and you have to solve a series of puzzles to “escape”, or get out of the room. I am proud that our team worked together and managed to “escape” by finding all clues, solving all puzzles, and cracking codes in The [mysterious] Library! Our time was 45 minutes and 8 seconds. It was very fun and memorable!

It was great day that Bright Eyes staff will remember for years to come! 🙂

-Dr. Nate

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Back to School 2015 at Bright Eyes!

It is official! Summer is winding down and the Back to School season is in full swing!

 

That late summer “Back to School” season is exciting for everyone. New shoes! New teachers! New Clothes! And On that to-do list should be making sure your child can see well for school!

 

We know that Back to School time is busy, so we have created some special things for our patients:

Expanded Hours at Bright Eyes Kids!

Back to school is one of our busiest seasons of the year. While Bright Eyes Kids is usually open for appointments on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays, we are super booked for the next few weeks! So, we decided to open Bright Eyes Kids for patients on Thursday, August 20 from 2 pm to 5 pm just for the Back to School crowd. If you’d like to make an appointment call (813)792-0637 or click here.

25% off select Kids Eyeglass Packages! back to school

We want to make it easy to buy glasses for kids, and that means finding frames that they like! Select frames including Nike, EasyTwist, Superflex, Candies and more. Kids packages include frame and polycarbonate lenses with a 1-year frame warranty (and can include options such as anti-glare and Transitions lenses) are 25% off.

2 for $99 Sale – Kids only!

We always recommend back-up glasses for children. This is easy with our limited time, kids-only sale! Includes Sale frames with basic polycarbonate lenses. Must buy 2 frames for same patient, selection will vary.

Keep in mind these are only for a limited time. The sales offer is good from Monday, August 17 to Friday, September 4 at either location. 🙂

 

Have a great school year, everyone! Make it a great one!

-Dr. Nate

National Sunglasses Day

National Sunglasses Day Is June 27!

National Sunglasses DayWe live in a state that gets a lot of sunlight. So much so that in 1970 “The Sunshine State” became the official nickname for Florida.

Sunshine is wonderful – it makes people feel happy, it is great for growing beautiful plants, and it’s available year round. But sunlight also contains ultraviolet light, which you may know as UV light. This part of light can be dangerous: It can cause sunburns, premature aging, and disease.

To increase awareness of the importance of UV protection the Vision Council has promoted National Sunglasses Day annually. National Sunglasses Day is held on June 27. It is not only an observance but a reminder that our sunglasses are a health necessity, and it is important to wear sunglasses or other UV-protective eyewear every day to protect long-term eye health.

This is especially important for kids and adults who live in our Tampa area. As you can see here, Tampa is the 4th highest city for UV radiation, with extra risk over half of the year. Why is this important to know? Because UV can cause lots of eye problems like cataracts, skin cancer, and macular degeneration.

Did you know that sunglasses are important for kids, too? Children receive more annual sun exposure than adults because many of their activities are outdoors. This increased exposure to sunlight also increases children’s exposure to damaging UV light. Children’s eyes differ from adults’ in that children’s ocular lenses do not filter UV light as effectively as can adults’ do.

Because UV exposure adds up over a life time, it is important to begin protection at an early age. Over a lifetime, damage from unprotected exposure to UV rays can lead to eye diseases and conditions that will affect the health of the eyes and vision.

To encourage young people to protect their eyes from ultraviolet light, we are giving away free Bright Eyes sunglasses like the ones we gave to Little Stride Fitness. You can bring your child to Bright Eyes Kids on National Sunglasses Day (this Saturday between 9am and 1pm) receive your free pair!

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The Brooks Celebrate Life Event

As anyone who has experienced severe trauma knows – it can be devastating for the victim, friends, and family. Many activities that were previously taken for granted can be a frustrating challenge.

Recently, however, Dr. Beth and I were lucky enough to participate in a truly fun and magical event. The Brooks Celebrate Life event, organized by Brooks Rehabilitation and Regional Medical Photo by Connie GarcesCenter Bayonet Point and sponsored by Bioness, was in honor of Trauma Awareness Month.

The evening kicked off with hostess and Physical Therapist Connie Garces sharing information about Brooks Rehabilitation, both the main facility in Jacksonville, FL and the outpatient facility in Hudson, FL where she is Center Manager. She introduced the trauma survivors who were in the audience, signified with large red, white, and blue ribbons. Also recognized were their family members and the rehabilitation specialists who care for them.

Connie Garces is a passionate and wonderfully talented therapist, but the highlight of the event was one of her patients, Bronson. Dressed in a suit, he stood in front of the group and delivered an honest, funny, heartfelt account of his recovery from traumatic brain injury. Public speaking is intimidating for the average person. Bronson was courageous to deliver his talk and willing to get a little help from the audience when he needed it. With multiple notes in front of him, Bronson talked about his recovery, his care, and his young daughter. It was one of the most heart-felt and moving things I have witnessed in a long time.

May 2015 is the 27th observance of Trauma Awareness Month. The American Trauma Society has declared this year’s theme “3D Trauma Prevention” and focuses on contributors to motor vehicle crashes – Drugs/Drinking, Distraction and Drowsiness.

Vision is a critical part of life and it can be an important part of rehabilitation for a survivor of traumatic brain injury. Dr. Beth and I work in conjunction with other professionals to provide visual rehabilitation. It is complex work and some of the rewarding care that we provide. You can learn more about visual rehabilitation here.

-Dr. Nate

(Photo provided courtesy of Connie Garces, PT, DPT, CBIS)

 

Dr. Nate, Cristina, & Kids Lecture on Children’s Glasses and Eye Exams

Dr. Nate and Cristina gave a 2 hour lecture on the topic children’s vision, children’s glasses, and eye exams. As part of the FOCAL Education meeting, the talk was given to approximately 100 opticians from around the state of Florida. The event took place December 6 and 7 at the gorgeous Gaylord Palms resort near Orlando, Florida.

Dr. Nate lecturing on children's glassesDr. Nate spoke primarily on how and why children’s eye exams are performed and visual conditions such as strabismus and amblyopia that affect children. Much of the discussion centered on vision therapy and how it is used to benefit children who have vision problems that interfere with the tasks that are neccessary for school, such as reading, writing, and computer use.

Cristina’s portion of the talk focused mostly about the specialty of infant’s and children’s glasses. This included the different frame styles and materials of children’s glasses, selecting the right size frames for the child, adjusting the frames to stay in place, as well as techniques for working with young children in the professional setting.

For the first time the whole Bonilla-Warford family was involved. Dr. Nate’s and Cristina’s children agreed to be models. Lecture attendees selected glasses from a special “children’s optical” display made just for the lecture. Participants learned about fitting glasses and taking the measurements needed for ordering glasses to ensure the best children’s vision.

The Gaylord Palms resort was in full holiday swing, with a tree lighting ceremony with singers and acrobatics as well as the famous ICE exhibit. A wonderful time was had by all.

Dr. Nate, Cristina, and Dr. Knighton enjoy lecturing about children’s vision and children’s glasses to professional and educational groups of all sizes. Bright Eyes Kids is finalizing our lecture schedule for 2015 now. If you have a group of doctors or other professionals who work with kids (such as occupational therapists or educational specialists), or a parent group (such as homeschooling or PTA), and would like us to come speak, please call 813-792-0637.