Any of the patients that have been to Bright Eyes Family in Westchase have seen the new office. We are so excited that the construction is (finally!) done, the dust has settled and we are ready to celebrate our expansion!
This week, from May 13th to 19th, is the first international Myopia Awareness Week. The goal is to raise awareness that Myopia is a serious condition that can be managed. In fact, rates of nearsighted are increasing all over the world.
“We know that almost half the world’s population will be myopic by the year 20501, with nearly one billion people in the high myopia category. Myopia Awareness Week is about getting people talking about myopia in homes and optometry practices around the world,” stated World Council of Optometry President, Dr. Scott Mundle.
At Bright Eyes, Dr. Nate Bonilla-Warford has been offering options for the management of myopia for more than a decade. He has worked with hundreds of patients, including his own children, to maintain the best and healthiest eyes throughout life.
As scientific research into myopia treatments has progressed, our programs have become more sophisticated. Not only are they more options for managing myopia, but we have better ways to communicate with patients. After all, the mission at Bright Eyes is to empower our patients so that they feel that they themselves are in control of their progress.
Here are some quotes from patients and parents that show how they feel about myopia control.
“We feel blessed to have found Dr. Nate and his wonderful staff. Our daughter started wearing glasses at the age of 4 yrs old and her prescription strength kept increasing. Dr. Nate suggested that we start Atropine Therapy and her prescription strength has been pretty much stable.”
“Myopia control is something that has changed my life, in the best way possible.”
“Myopia should be taken seriously and treated as such. Thanks Dr. Nate and continue to help and educate as many as you can.”
“Myopia control is a great experience. My eyesight has improved so much over time. The process isn’t that complicated either, with a great doctor, like Dr. Nate.”
“In general is a scary feeling seeing how myopia progresses so rapidly. Not having a cure is disturbing. Before atropine, there was no means to control it at all.”
To celebrate Myopia Awareness Week, we are offering $100 off anyone who starts any myopia control program during the month of May. All you have to do is mention the Myopia Awareness Week discount to Dr. Nate when signing up. Remember if you schedule a Myopia Consultation, we will discount the cost of the consultation from the program fee. If you have any questions about myopia or any of the treatment options, please do not hesitate to contact us below or at 813-792-0637.
Bright Eyes is teaming up with the Valspar Championship and Enchroma to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for one local teen or adult who is color blind. The experience will take place during tournament week of the PGA TOUR’s Valspar Championship, “the most colorful tournament on TOUR” – which is scheduled to take place at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor March 18-24.
If you have a family member, friend, neighbor or co-worker who is color blind whom you would like to nominate to be part of this special opportunity and who has never used Echroma glasses before, we’d love to know! Click here to learn more about the surprises we have planned and nominate someone special, or send us a note at email@example.com.
As longtime patients know, Bright Eyes Family Vision Care was started in a very small location. Located in the West Park Village in the Westchase neighborhood of Tampa, we occupied the space on Montague street where the Coldwell Banker is now. In 2006 we were only open part-time and with less than a thousand square feet. There was one exam room, one vision therapy room, and no separate doctor’s office or designated areas for diagnostic testing or contact lens training.
Bright Eye Grand Opening in 2006
Our office grew quickly and soon with myself and four employees, we barely had room for patients! So we moved to the Linebaugh Ave location next to Sylvan Learning Center where we are now. With more space, we hired more staff and continued to grow. But we discovered that patients who came to see us from farther away to the north and east, such as Gainesville and Lakeland had a hard time getting through Tampa traffic. So we opened Bright Eyes Kids in New Tampa in 2014. We have continued to grow. We are up to almost 20 employees!
Now it is 2018 and we want to add more eye care staff, but we have no place to put them! Staff members are already coming to blows over seats and computers! OK, not really, but it is crowded. What a problem to have! As it turns out, the Sylvan Learning Center has moved to a different location and since the vacant location is next door to us, we are taking it over. The new combined spaces will be almost three times as large as the current space. We will have more exam rooms, more vision therapy rooms, a larger optical, a conference room, a larger waiting area with a separate kids area, and even more features. It will also mean hiring more excellent staff!
We will begin by remodeling the Sylvan location and then we will update the current Bright Eyes location. Yes, there will be a “Please pardon our dust, while we make improvements to serve you better” sign up. But we WILL remain open during the construction. To be clear – Bright Eyes is not moving, just expanding. The address, phone number, and everything will stay the same. We are VERY excited about this project. It will allow us to make many improvements such as shorter waiting times for appointments and for glasses. The expansion should be complete very early in 2019.
Myself, Cristina, Dr. Beth and the rest of the Bright Eyes Team are so very thankful that our patients trust us with the care of themselves and their family. It means a great deal to us that we can continue to do what we love even better in 2019! If you have questions, suggestions, or recommendations about the expansion, send them to me at Doc@BrightEyesTampa.com or leave them in the comments.
Recently, Dr. Nate Bonilla-Warford and Dr. Beth Knighton attended the Hillsborough Society of Optometrists annual Fall Classic. They showcased Bright Eyes Family and Bright Kids at the exhibit hall and talked with area optometrists. Additionally, Dr. Nate gave a lecture about the latest research in myopia control and ways that optometrists keep nearsightedness from increasing. As you can see, it was a packed house.
Here at Bright Eyes Family Vision Care we have to get ready for SUMMER. And one of the things that means for us is making room for the newest styles of frames. So we hare having a
Spring Cleaning Frame Sale!
A few things to know:
Friday, May 18th, 2018.
All frames are on sale, up to 50% on some frames.
This is ONLY at Bright Eyes in Westchase (Bright Eyes Kids is not open on Fridays).
Special Europa and db4K trunk show for kids and adults from 2pm to 6pm only.
A simple business philosophy of providing customers with quality products, fair prices, and unbeatable service has propelled Europa’s ongoing success. Today, Europa has expanded that original philosophy to include a customer driven approach which focuses on satisfying the needs of every optical retailer. From designer eyewear and sunwear, to a collection designed for managed care concerns, Europa has the product, programs and desire to meet the challenges required of a valued vendor.
Featuring, Scott Harris, this diverse collection features both traditional, unisex styling and the ultimate in high fashion designs for those seeking a unique look. All Scott Harris models are constructed from the finest components available, including spring hinges from Germany and Japan, and a wide array of base metals from Japan.
Children are amazing. Everyday these fearless kids are learning, trying, doing something that they have never before known, tried, done. db4k wants to ensure that they are seeing this wondrous world as clearly they can. Created to be a reflection of a child’s taste and personality, this collection was designed to grow with them and their ever-changing interests. It’s a collection that appeals to kids and parents alike. These are the glasses that you wish you had when you were a kid.
Now, we know that all the trendy shapes, vivid colors, and fun, graphic embellishments are not enough. db4k boasts offers all the latest technology including lightweight materials, spring hinges, adjustable nosepads, and soft, flexible cable temples to provide comfortable, all-day wear. Because no matter how awesome the glasses look, children won’t wear them if they hurt.
Since its inception, Bright Eyes has been very involved in the community and has made charitable giving a goal. Over the years, we have participated in many programs and fundraisers.
In May 2018, we are doing something radical, Dr. Beth, Dr. Nate, Melissa, and Lindsay are part of teams that are running the Keys 100 to raise money for The Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys, Inc. This is a 100 mile relay road race that starts in Key Largo and ends at the Mile 0 marker in Key West. Each of the participants is currently training for their segment, an average about 16 miles.
As you likely know, the Florida Keys was devastated by Hurricane Irma last fall. Fortunately, the Bright Eyes staff and office buildings were spared but many people in the Keys were not so lucky. One very real challenge is that while many people generously donate to charities helping directly rebuild, many times that money is redirected from other charities that would normally receive donations.
The KEYS100 fundraising will benefit “The Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys, Inc.” This 501 (c) (3) organization has been the primary recipient of KEYS100 funding the past nine years. Since its founding in 1998, “The Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys, Inc.” has been providing support to patients and their families from Key Largo to Key West with financial assistance, educational materials and information, cancer screenings, emotional support, follow-up and referral services for prostate, breast, colon and other forms of cancer.
Our team goal is to raise $2,250 by the race day, May 19, 2018. Our members have been active and have already raised over $500. YOU can help with any donation, large or small. You can contribute at our GoFundMe Page here:
It is our sincerest hope that our effort will not only fuel us on race day, but also allow us to make a difference in the lives of those battling cancer. All money raised through this campaign will directly benefit the Cancer Foundation and patients in the Florida Keys!
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.
Number 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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.