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Podcast Episode #5: Eclipse Safety

Welcome to The Bright Eyes Podcast: Advice for Healthy Vision for All Ages. Your hosts are Dr. Nate Bonilla-Warford & Dr. Beth Knighton, residency-trained optometrist that provide eye exams for glasses and contacts, and specialty services including vision therapy, myopia control, orthokeratology, and sports vision training. Their mission to empower patients by providing the best in friendly, professional, and individualized eye care.

In this episode, Dr. Nate talks about importance of eye protection during the total eclipse.

Full Transcript: (Dr. Nate)

  • From partial-eclipse territory in Tampa, Florida it’s the Bright Eyes Podcast. My name is Dr. Nate Bonilla-Warford and I’m excited to talk about this important topic. There’s lots of people that are talking about the upcoming eclipse and I think that that’s great because this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for lots of people. I don’t know if you remember the eclipse that occurred in 1979. I do remember getting together with people and watching it. This is the first total collapse to cut across continental path over the United States since 1918 and lots of people are going to be watching the eclipse. There’s only a small band from Oregon to South Carolina where about 12,000,000 people live that they’re gonna be able to see the total eclipse. I have friends that are traveling to that narrow area so that they can see it in person. But the reason why I’m doing this episode of the podcast is not so much for the astronomical interest but because of the potential for harm that can happen if you are not prepared.
  • Now, last episode Dr. Beth and I talked about types of damage that can occur both short term and long term from ultraviolet light. Well when we’re talking about the eclipse, when we’re talking about actually looking at the sun, this is ultraviolet light damage on steroids! Now you’ve been told (probably your entire life) “do not look directly at the sun” and that’s true at all times, but it’s especially true during an eclipse when the most interesting thing going on is the sun and its relationship to the moon and the earth. Why that’s such a big deal is because there is something called “solar retinopathy” or sometimes called “eclipse blindness”. What happens is, if you look directly at the sun, the focused light of the sun can cause permanent damage to the back of the eye. However, the back of the eye does not have any pain sensors so you won’t feel any pain or see any symptoms right away. What will happen is later on, later that day or the next day you might notice that you’re having trouble seeing. Just as a quick example if you ever look at a strobe light briefly or if you look at a light bulb that doesn’t have a lamp shade on it, you see what’s called an after-image. And it’s just a little image that you see for a little while and it’s different colors and it slowly fades away. That is the where these photoreceptors of the back of the eye are over-stimulated. It takes awhile for them to get down to regular levels. This is it completely different phenomenon. This (solar retinopathy) is where there’s actual damage to the back of the eye. And so while it’s very exciting, and I do encourage everybody to check it out, I do want everybody to do that safely. So I have 4 items that were published by the American Optometric Association and I’m going to read them and then comment on them just a little bit.
  • Number 1: use approved solar eclipse viewers. The only safe way to view a partial solar eclipse is through special purpose solar filters such as eclipse glasses or viewers that meet international standards ISO 12312-2 for safe viewing. Sunglasses, smoked glasses, unfiltered telescope or magnifiers, polarized filters are unsafe. If you can’t find eclipse viewers, build a pinhole projector to watch the eclipse.
  • So a couple different things here. First of all, pinhole projectors are pin hole viewers are pretty cool and you can do that anytime you don’t necessarily have to do that during eclipse time. And so I would encourage anybody to check that out and I’ll put a link in the show notes. But mostly people are going to use a solar eclipse viewers and and what I really want to point out about that is 1) do get them. They’re very inexpensive. We’ve got some the for the staff, because it’s happening during our business hours, and you can get the many different places I will put a link (below). But the most important thing is: I’ve read news articles about how there are fake solar viewers and so you should test yours out to make sure that they’re safe. And the easiest way to test them out is put them on and make sure the only thing that you can see through them is essentially the sun. Anything that’s less bright than the sun, like a computer monitor or a flashlight or a light in the house, you should NOT be able to see through it. If you can, then that’s not safe. The other thing is they do sell filters for telescopes and it’s very important that you not use the viewing glasses or the eclipse glasses to look through the telescope because the telescope has concentrated that light so brightly that that’s not anywhere near a sufficient protection.
  • eclipse picNumber 2: Technique of the pros: Before looking at the sun, cover your eyes with the eclipse viewers.. While standing still, glance at the sun and then turn away and remove your filters. Do not remove your filters while looking at the sun.
  • So this accomplishes 2 purposes. First, of all you can’t wear the solar viewing protection full time because you can’t see anything. (And if anybody remembers the peril sensitive sunglasses from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, it’s kinda like that – in scary situations). So you can’t just wear these all the time. But what you want to do is you want to position yourself so you’re not walking around, put them on look at the eclipse look away, and then take them off. That ensures that you’re protecting your eyes from the sun and you’re protecting your body from walking around.
  • Number 3: Totally awesome. Only within the path of totality can eclipse viewers safely be removed to view the eclipse. Once the sun begins reappearing, however, viewers must be replaced.
  • And so this is true. But I still want to provide a note of caution. The eclipse is only going to be in totality for 2 minutes and 40 seconds (at longest) so during that time if you’re in the path of the total eclipse. You can take off your viewers you can look at the eclipse, however I don’t encourage you to do that for very long because very quickly the sun’s going to reappear in you’re going to be at risk again. So I would only encourage you to do that for a short amount of time and then replace your viewers as the sun becomes exposed.
  • And finally: Visit your doctor of optometry if you should experience any discomfort or vision problems following the eclipse visit your doctor of optometry for a comprehensive exam.
  • Now, of course we recommend that people get exams regularly anyways but this is one of those special situations. I have a few other links that I’m going to put in about the eclipse that I think are interesting: the map and some information about the solar viewers. I hope everybody enjoys it has a great time. I’m very much looking forward to it. I know my kids are. But I’ve mostly want everybody to stay safe. If you have any questions let us know at office@BrightEyesTampa.com. We’ll see you next time!

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Thank you for listening. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, you can email us at office@brighteyestampa.com.

The only purpose of this podcast is to educate and to inform. It is no substitute for professional care by a doctor experienced in the area you require. This podcast is provided on the understanding that it does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. Please consult your physician for diagnosis and treatment.

Intro/outro music: Lucas Warford of Three For Silver.

Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/107937702@N04/

2017 Spring Newsletter:New Hours, Sales, Giveaway, Ortho-K, VR & more!

 

Hello, Bright Eyes Patients! Welcome to our first email update of 2017. We have so much to tell you that we’ll get right to it:

Not One But Two Spring Events

Spring EventsSpring has sprung and we have 2 big events coming up! The first is our Spring Eyewear Show on Wednesday, April 26 from 4 to 8pm. This is a trunk show of all the Banana Republic and Smith Optics eyeglasses, including sunglasses. Win a FREE pair of prescription sunglasses from Smith! The second is the Spring Cleaning Sale Monday April 24 through Friday, April 28. The doctors are away at a conference most of the week, but both offices will be open – all eyeglasses and sunglasses on sale! Read more here.

Hours Reminder

Our Westchase office has new hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9am-5pm. Wednesday is still 12-8pm, Friday 8:30am-4:30pm and Saturday 9am-2pm. See all the details here.

Big News about Ortho-K!

We have been getting more requests than ever about Ortho-K, the overnight contact lenses that allows for clear, glasses-free vision. You might have seen Dr. Nate on the news! You can read about Dr. Nate’s daughter’s own experience with Orthok-K and also read more about the process here. Treehouse Eyes is an office in Washington DC that specializes in myopia control, and they did a story on Dr. Nate’s daughter.

VR Home Therapy is Live

We are one of the first eye doctors to offer Vivid Vision Virtual Reality Vision Therapytreatment for amblyopia and strabismus, but we are now able to offer this treatment as part of a home Vision Therapy program. This is a game-changer for patients both children and adults. If you are interested, call us at 813-792-0637.

Updated Website

You may have noticed that we’ve been hard at work on our website BrightEyesTampa.com, especially pages on Myopia Control, Ortho-k, Vivid Vision and others. Check it out!

Other topics of interest from our blog

We’ve covered some important topics such as Top 10 For Screentime, Women’s Eye Health & Safety Month, Cleaning Your Glasses, The Importance Blue Light, & Eye Color.

Reviews

Finally, we want to say that we are very thankful for all the Yelp and Google reviews. Most people find us through online reviews or word-of-mouth, and as a small business, we appreciate it! If you haven’t left a review, it would mean a lot if you did.

Thanks and have a great spring! ๐Ÿ™‚

-Dr. Nate

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2 Events: Smith Optics Show/Banana Republic Show and Spring Cleaning Eyewear Sale!

 

Event 1: Spring Eyewear Show!

Wednesday, April 26 โ€“ 4 to 8pm

25% OFF 1st pair โ€“ 50% Off 2nd Pair

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Win FREE SMITH PRESCRIPTION SUNGLASSES!

Featuring Smith Optics and Banana Republic.

Every style, every color, every size to try on Eyeglasses! Sunglasses! Women! Men!

 

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Event 2: Spring Cleaning Sale

Mon, April 24 โ€“ Fri, April 28

One week! Two offices!

Every frame on SALE! $50 โ€“ $100 OFF!

 

Spring Events

Bright Eyes Blacklight Run!

This weekend the Bright Eyes Team took on the fun Blacklight Run – a nighttime 5K race with lots of music and bright color.

Here are some before and after pictures! ๐Ÿ™‚

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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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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):

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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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Bright Eyes 2016!

#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! ๐Ÿ™‚

-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 โ€“ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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

-Dr. Nate