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 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.