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BRIGHT EYES FAMILY VISION CARE AND BRIGHT EYES KIDS OFFER NEW APPROACH TO TREAT CHILDREN WITH NEARSIGHTEDNESS

 

First and only FDA approved contact lens to slow the progression of myopia in kids – call 813-792-0637 or click here to request an appointment.

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With the high demand of screen time from virtual learning it is crucial to keep an eye on kids’ sight. The increased screen time on computers and electronic devices can cause problems with nearsightedness, but there is a new treatment for Myopia. Dr. Nathan Bonilla-Warford from Bright Eyes Family Vision Care and Bright Eyes Kids is one of the first optometrists in the country to be certified in the first and only U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved MiSight contact lens.

 

The MiSight contact lens is a single use, disposable, soft contact lens that is discarded at the end of each day and is not intended to be worn overnight. The child can insert the contact lenses in their eyes in the morning and wear them for at least 10 hours during the day, then dispose them in the evening. The design allows the child to see clearly while benefiting from the treatment effect. The average age of children in the FDA trial is between eight to 12 years old, but the office is also seeing patients younger and older for this treatment.

 

“This is the first time the FDA has approved any method of treatment for Myopia and it is a landmark. Myopia is a problem that exists and MiSight is an option we can offer to our patients for their treatment,” said Dr. Nathan Bonilla-Warford of Bright Eyes Family Vision Care and Bright Eyes Kids in Tampa. Dr. Bonilla-Warford has noticed an increase in children who are visually symptomatic following the spring of online learning.

 

People with Myopia have good near vision, but poor distance vision. Myopia is very common in children and tends to increase, as they get older. Uncorrected vision problems can impair a child’s development and they may be susceptible to other future eye problems. The Bright Eyes team also offers additional treatment methods for Myopia management including eye drops and orthokeratology, specialized contact lenses that reshape the eye. It’s estimated that more than one-third of Americans are nearsighted, and it is increasing. The certification for MiSight is part of the Brilliant Futures Myopia Management Program.

 

The office is taking many safety precautions to protect patients and staff including screenings, enhanced cleaning, appropriate use of PPE and all paper work will be filled out online prior to the appointment. Bright Eyes also offers options for remote vision therapy sessions.

 

The Bright Eyes Lego Glasses Challenge!

If you have ever been to Bright Eyes Family Vision Care or Bright Eyes Kids, you have probably noticed the various Lego sculptures around. My kids and I are big Lego fans! And although we have 65 billion Lego bricks at home (low estimate), after one week of Virtual School, my daughter was already asking for a new Lego set. Your kids probably have been asking for Lego sets as well. While not every set is as expensive as the Imperial Star Destroyer, we know parents are not excited about spending money on toys right now either.

Bright Eyes is here to help with the #LEGOGLASSESCHALLENGE! Think of it as your child being on an episode of Lego Masters where they make Lego Glasses, but not, you know, actually on TV.

Skinny: Make Lego glasses and win one of two (2) $50 Lego gift cards.

Here is how to enter:

Step one:

Have your child (under 18 years of age) build some glasses with Lego bricks. They do not need to be functional glasses like mine, but they do need to be wearable, at least for a minute or two.

Step two:

Take a picture of your child wearing their Lego glasses.

Step three:

Post the picture as a comment on THIS FACEBOOK POST. Have your child write a sentence or more about what the idea is behind their Lego glasses on or before April 30th, 2020.

 

On May 1st, 2020, the Bright Eyes Staff will vote on the entries. These are the criteria we will be judging:

  • The creativity of the Lego glasses build. Go crazy and have fun!
  • The story behind the inspiration of the design. The more imaginative, the better!
  • The number of Likes their entry gets on Facebook. Get friends and family to vote!

On May 2nd, we will announce the two winners!!! We would LOVE to personally deliver the Lego sets to you, but we think that it is safer to just mail you a $50 gift card.

We cannot wait to see what you come up with!!!! 🙂

-Dr. Nate

Fine print: No purchase necessary to enter. By commenting on the Facebook post, you are entering the contest. Bright Eyes will not save, screenshot, download, or use the entries, nor identify the entrants in any way. Entrants must be younger than 18 years old. Entrants do not need to be established patients of Bright Eyes Family Vision Care or Bright Eyes Kids. Winners do not receive Lego sets or money. Two winners will receive a Gift Card redeemable for $50 at Lego.com or a Lego Store. Bright Eyes is not associated with Lego in any way. Lego is copyright Lego Group, Inc. If you have any questions or concerns about the Lego Glasses Challenge contest, please contact us directly.

 

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 COVID-19 Clinical Update

Our patients’ health and safety is our number one concern. The CDC and Governor Ron Desantis has declared that optometrists in Florida can resume care with safeguards are in place. Starting May 11th, we are reopening both offices and will resume routine care and urgent care.

If you do come to the office please be advised of these procedures.

  • To reduce paperwork and time in the office, our intake forms must be filled out online at least one day prior to your appointment. Look out for the email from IntakeQ!
  • All Bright Eyes staff members and patients over the age of 2 must wear masks or face coverings while in the office. Helpful information from the CDC can be found here. For information on facemasks for children, please read this. If you have concerns about a dependent who make not tolerate a mask, please asks use.
  • To further limit interaction, patients will enter in the front door and exit through the rear door.
  • To reduce patient interaction, please come unaccompanied to your visit. Children or adults with special needs may bring one caregiver. You will not interact with other patients during your exam.
  • When you arrive at the office, stay in your car and text us at 813-792-0637. We will reply when it is time to come to the front door. Your temperature will be taken with a touchless thermometer. Any patient with a fever of over 100.4 degrees F will be asked to reschedule. An assistant will escort you directly to your exam where you will wash your hands. After the assistant cleans the equipment and collects preliminary information, the doctor will conduct the exam.
  • An important note about retinal imaging:

    Our doctors want all patients, who are physically able, to have retinal imaging every annual exam. This is the best way to evaluate eye health and reduce prolonged close contact. Retinal problems such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal holes, retinal detachment, and diabetes can be more easy found and documented.

To limit interaction, there are blue floor lines designating patient areas. If directed to a particular area, please stay there until a staff member redirects you. If you need help, please ask!

  • If you need to select glasses, an optician will assist you and collect any “tried-on” frames for disinfection.

– Dr. Nate Bonilla-Warford, Dr. Beth Knighton, and the Bright Eyes Staff.

 

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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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