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Update: Contact Lenses and Coronavirus

We know that it is “information overload” right now, but we wanted to provide an update that is relevant to many of our patients: Contact lenses. Although the CDC has recommended refraining from routine eyecare visits, there is NO recommendation that you discontinue contact lens wear. You can wear contacts. Yes, there is a recommendation that all people try not to touch our eyes, nose, and mouth. As a contact lens wearer this is difficult.

In general, and specifically right now to reduce possible coronavirus infection, we always recommend that you wash your hands thoroughly (there is no shortage of ways to help you do that) before insert and removing contact lenses. Also follow all manufacturer recommendations and doctor recommendations.

If you will be needing a supply of contact lenses in the next 2-3 months you can order them here. We will soon be closing to non-urgent visits; however we are available by phone, text, and email, to help you. To help you out, we are extending contact lens prescriptions on a case by case basis without an evaluation. We are not sure how long the distributors will have contact lenses available so you may want to order sooner rather than later.

Please let us know what questions you have!

 

-Dr. Nate, Dr. Beth, and the Bright Eyes Staff.

 

 

Bright Eyes Coronavirus Clinical Update

Our patients’ health and safety is our number one concern. The CDC has recommended that all patients “postpone routine dental and eyecare visits“. Everyone is rightfully concerned about health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • We are available by appointment only for urgent and emergency eye care at both offices.

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At Bright Eyes, we take the health and safety of our staff and patients very seriously, so we are taking action. Even though we are closed for routine care, we will continue to see urgent care patients as needed. Please call/text 813-792-0792 or email office@brighteyestampa.com.

Don’t come in sick! If you or a family member has any symptoms of illness, please call our office and we will gladly reschedule your appointment for a future date. If a patient comes into the office sick, we will ask them to leave and reschedule.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath

Handwashing: Every person who comes into the office must wash their hands, and everyone trying on glasses must sanitize their hands thoroughly prior to handling any frames. Our staff we wash hands even more frequently during this time.

Disinfection: We always sanitize equipment prior to use and we are implementing even more frequent cleaning throughout the office, including doorknobs, hard surfaces and eyeglass frames. We have also removed non-essential shared items such as magazines and Legos.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us! We will remain vigilant, constantly monitoring the CDC’s standards, as well as city and state government advisories, and will openly communicate with you as the situation progresses.

We care about our patients and staff, and will continue to work hard to keep everyone safe and healthy! Thank you for trusting us with your family’s vision!

We hope to reopen to business as usual soon!

– Dr. Nate, Dr. Beth and the Bright Eyes Family

Order contacts through Bright Eyes NEW Contact Lens Webstore!

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At Bright Eyes, we take the health and safety of our staff and patients very seriously. Nationwide, people are practicing social distancing and enhanced hygiene to avoid the coronavirus.

While we are not usually crowded at Bright Eyes, we are adjusting the flow of patients overall – to continue to offer services, while keeping patient-to-patient contact to a minimum.

Want to order contacts, but don’t want to travel to the office?

Check out Bright Eyes’ new contact lens webstore: https://brighteyes.myclstore.com/

Enter your prescription yourself, or call the office and we will enter your prescription into the system.

We already offer competitive pricing, compared with major online retailers. Through April 30, we are adding special promos on all contact lens orders:

  • Extra 10% off our already competitive pricing (in-office or online)
  • If you buy an annual supply of contacts, you are eligible for an extra 10% off – meaning 20% off your contact lens order! (Please call or email our office to receive this extra discount!)
  • Free shipping for any number of boxes.

 

Many people don’t realize that Bright Eyes is a family-owned business, not a chain optical! Support your local business while enjoying the convenience of shopping online!

Thank you for your business! If there is anything we can do to help, just let us know.

 

-Dr. Nate and the Bright Eyes Staff

 

 

 

Vision Therapy and COVID-19 (updated)

Bright Eyes Family and Bright Eye Kids are now closed to all but eye emergency visits. We plan to reopen for vision therapy sessions as soon as the CDC and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis allow it.

 

Question: Do patients keep doing vision therapy if my child can’t come into the office?

Answer: This question will be answered on a case-by-case basis – contact your therapist!

To all of our patients and families enrolled in vision therapy, Like you, my family is adapting to life at home. My children are doing virtual school and taking online guitar and cello lessons. We have friends that are doing online taekwondo training. That is just how it is for a little while, but we don’t need to let it take control of our lives.

With schoolwork and leisure being held on digital devices during this time, helping our patients with visual symptoms is now more important than ever. Fortunately, Bright Eyes staff have experience doing online “remote vision therapy” – we have helped patients in different states and even different countries. There is no reason to lose momentum during this time. If your therapist has not already, we will be reaching out to you soon to discuss how we will proceed in your individual case. If there is anything we can do to help you, please let me know.

If a patient or family member actually contracts coronavirus, they may be too sick to do therapy or assist their child with therapy. If your family is in self-quarantine but the patient feels well, we recommend you continue home therapy activities and contact your therapist – we can email you ideas and variations! In the event that Bright Eyes must close for a period of time, we may offer remote therapy sessions on a case-by-case basis. (While remote therapy sessions are not the ideal way for patients to learn in the long term, we do not want patients to lose momentum, or to take an extended time to complete therapy, if possible.)

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us! We will remain vigilant, constantly monitoring the CDC’s standards, as well as city and state government advisories, and will openly communicate with you as the situation progresses. We care about our patients and staff, and will continue to work hard to keep everyone safe and healthy! Thank you for trusting us with your family’s vision!

– Dr. Nate, Dr. Beth and the Bright Eyes Family

Dr. Nate Talks about Screen Size on Bay News 9

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The end of the year is gift-giving time and for many children, that means digital devices and video games. Roy de Jesus of Bay News 9 reached out to Dr. Nate to talk about how the size of the screen matters.

Many people are have learned that more screen time at younger ages is not best. Man parents are familiar with the recent World Health Organization’s screen time recommendations for chidlren. Here are WHO’s screen time recommendations by age:

  • Infant (less than 1 year of age): Screen time is not recommended.
  • 1-2 years of age: No screen time for a 1-year-old. No more than an hour for 2-year-olds, with less time preferred.
  • 3 to 4 years old: No more than one hour.

But not everyone realizes that the size of the screen matters, too. It is not just whether kids can see the device but how harder their eyes have to work to be able to see it. Basically, the smaller the screen the more the eyes have to work.

Here is what happens:

  • Kids want to see more detail on the small screen.
  • They hold the device closer than they would normally hold a book or a larger screen.
  • The closer the eyes have to focus, the harder the eyes have to work to make the screen clear
  • The eyes have to turn inward to keep the screen from becoming double.
  • This extra effort can cause eyestrain.
  • In the short team, this discomfort may lead to unwanted behavior or frustration.
  • Long term, this can contribute to myopia or other vision problems.

Fortunately, you do not need to throw out the new devices. Here are some things you can do:

  • As parents, role model proper device use yourself
  • Participate in screen time with your children and observer their behavior.
  • Enforce regular screen breaks with outside time.
  • Educate kids on Harmon Distance AKA Elbow Distance and enforce it.

If children complain of persistent symptoms such a burning eyes, blurry vision, double vision, and symptoms such as headaches, it is important that a thorough eye exam is done to look for underlying eye and vision problems. Both Dr. Nate and Dr. Beth are residency-trained in children’s vision. You can request an appointment or call (813)-792-0637.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Nate Featured on Local TV News Discussing Children’s Vision

Because it is back to school season, people want to know what they need to do get their kids ready to learn. And one of the most important things they can do is make sure that children can see well. Jenny Dean from WTSP 10 News reached out to Dr. Nate to find out what people need to know. Lucky enough, two amazing Bright Eyes patients shared their experience with orthokeratology, night time contacts that allow them to see the board without glasses or contacts.

 

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A few other pointers:

For kids, eye exams are recommended:

  • at around 6-12 months of age
  • at least once between the ages of 3-5
  • right before first grade
  • every year from ages 6-18.

Signs to look for in kids with:

  • frequent eye rubbing or blinking
  • headaches, especially while reading or using devices
  • covering one eye

 

Read the full article here:

https://www.wtsp.com/article/entertainment/television/brightside/good-to-know/eye-exams-for-kids-are-more-important-than-ever-eye-doctor-says/67-346e9186-8263-461b-8c74-d569b9314e61

Bright Eyes is Getting Bigger!

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Hi, it is Dr. Nate with good news!

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.

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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.

Thank you!

-Dr. Nate

Ray Ban Sale and Show Event

Ray Ban is one of the most popular lines we carry, so we are extra excited about the…..

Big Ray-Ban Event for Adults and Children

Only at our New Tampa Location

Saturday June 30th 2018

9 am to 1 pm

20% off Prescription Frames and Lenses

25% off Non-Prescription Sunglasses

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Bright Eyes Team Members Participate in 100-Mile Relay Race for Charity

Dr. Beth Knighton, Dr. Nate Bonilla-Warford, and assistant Melissa Joseph were members of the team “No Run Intended” of the 100-mile, Keys 100, relay race to raise money for The Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys, Inc . The relay race follows US 1 from Key Largo to Key West. The hundred mile run was an 19 hour experience.

The team started at 6 am and finished at 12:51 am.

 

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Construction Near Bright Eyes Family in Westchase Will Affect Traffic.

Be advised that pipeline construction will affect patients coming to Bright Eyes Family in Westchase for several weeks.

Beginning Monday, April 23, 2018, the Westchase median crossover on Linebaugh Avenue located at Cavendish Drive (West Park Village) and Colonial Garden Lane (The Vineyards) will be closed. Crews will be working to layout, assemble and install a pipeline segment under the Linebaugh Avenue median. This closure is expected to remain in effect through June 2018. This work was originally scheduled to begin in June, but must be done now, in advance of construction in the Linebaugh Avenue/Sheldon Road intersection.

Please leave extra time to arrive for your appointment. Read more about the construction on World of Westchase.

-Bright Eyes Staff.