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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.

 

Dr. Beth’s Screen Time Tips

Between Virtual School, Facetime with family and friends, and (yes) the occasional video game, screen time is off the charts right now in our house. Maybe yours, too. To help, Dr. Beth made this 1-minute video to remind people about visual hygiene, a fancy word that means “keeping your eyes from getting tired.”

Dr. Beth’s top 4 recommendations for comfortable screen time.

  • Remember the 20/20/20 Rule. Every 20 minutes look 20 feet away for 20 seconds to relax the eyes.
  • Smaller screens cause more eyestrain than larger screens, so use the TV instead of phones or tablets when you can.
  • Remember Elbow Distance, the distance from our first to the elbow.
  • Use reading or close work glasses if they have been prescribed for you.

If you have any questions, let us know. If you or your children have symptoms such as blurry vision, headaches, or double vision, definitely let us know.

-Dr. Nate

 

 

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

 

 

 

Can Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Help Stroke Patients With Vision Problems?

senior woman with middle aged womanIf a loved one recently suffered a stroke and is still struggling with the after-effects, you will want to do everything in your power to help them quickly recover. Unfortunately, it can be painstaking to find the right treatment for their specific needs.

The first thing to keep in mind is this: a single treatment is not going to cure everything. Instead, combining a set of complementary therapies promises optimal results. Read on to find out how neuro-optometric rehabilitation plays an important role in the recovery process from a stroke.

How Does a Stroke Affect Vision

A stroke occurs when the blood flow to the brain (or a section of it) is interrupted. In other types of strokes, a blood vessel in the brain bursts causing major damage in the area. Depending on where in the brain the stroke occurs, it affects different body functions.

Because visual information is processed through the visual cortex of the brain, any brain damage may also affect vision-related processes and quality of vision. Such visual defects are not always obvious and frequently overlooked in initial evaluations following a stroke.

Try to help the stroke victim identify any of the following symptoms:

  • Blurred vision (even over short periods)
  • Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  • Reduction or loss of visual field
  • Headaches when engaged in visual tasks
  • Reading difficulty
  • Difficulties with eye movements

If any of these symptoms are present, a thorough assessment by a neuro-optometrist is needed.

Why Consult a Neuro-Optometrist?

A regular eye exam by an optometrist checks for eye diseases and visual acuity. A functional eye exam by a neuro-optometrist takes a completely different approach. The goal is to identify neurological vision-related issues and address the types of vision loss caused by a stroke.

About one-third of post-stroke patients experience one or more of these conditions:

  • Loss of visual field – Part of the person’s visual field disappears. In many cases, they will see only the right or the left half of it.
  • Lack of control over eye movements – When the eye nerves are damaged, the eyes may not move as desired or move involuntarily, causing eye turn (strabismus), double vision (diplopia), or other similar issues.
  • Constant, unsteady eye movement (nystagmus) – A continuous fidgety jiggle of the eye, which can move up and down, sideways or in a circle.
  • Visual neglect – When the person is not aware of or does not respond to something he/she sees. There is nothing wrong with the eyes themselves, but the brain does not interpret the images it receives.
  • Agnosia – Often people have trouble recognizing familiar objects and even faces. The cause is similar to visual neglect.

It is easy to see how these affect the overall behavior of a person. At the same time, many may mistake their lack of orientation, bumping into things and/or ignoring people for a problem unrelated to vision.

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An exam by qualified professionals will provide clarity into the situation, so make sure to choose an optometry practice that includes a neuro optometrist with extensive training and experience in neuro-optometric rehabilitation such as Bright Eyes Family Vision Care's Vision Therapy Center.

The therapy may include prism lenses to shift images into the visual field or join the images in case of double vision. Exercises to train the brain to manage vision and compensate for vision loss are also part of the therapy.

Your loved one deserves optimal healing, and to ensure this, rehabilitative vision therapy should be part of the overall treatment plan. If he or she is already undergoing physical or occupational therapy, consider adding neuro-optometric rehabilitation for a more holistic approach and better results.

How Successful Is Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Therapy?

Vision therapy will help improve the condition of your family member or friend. The speed and extent at which the patient will recover depend on the severity of the condition. Having said that, keep in mind each person is unique and reacts differently to the same treatment.

Neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy is not a cure, but it will enhance visual skills and quality of life for the person you care for.

When vision is dysfunctional, so is everything else. Getting one’s vision back on track can greatly enhance daily function and quality of life. Help your loved one get his/her life back, contact Bright Eyes Family Vision Care's Vision Therapy Center today.

Serving patients in Tampa, Westchase, Town 'N' Country, University, and throughout Florida.

Resources:

https://noravisionrehab.org/patients-caregivers/about-brain-injuries-vision/stroke-and-vision

https://www.stroke.org/en/about-stroke/effects-of-stroke/physical-effects-of-stroke/physical-impact/visual-disturbances

https://noravisionrehab.org/patients-caregivers/conditions-treated-by-neuro-optometric-rehabilitation

https://noravisionrehab.org/patients-caregivers/what-is-neuro-optometric-rehabilitation

https://strokefoundation.org.au/About-Stroke/Help-after-stroke/Stroke-resources-and-fact-sheets/Vision-loss-after-stroke-fact-sheet

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So Thankful!

 

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Like many families, ours has a tradition of taking time each Thanksgiving of taking time to be appreciative of the many blessings in our lives. For many years our family has gathered in the living room and took turns listing people, organizations, and other things that we are thankful until we reached 100.

While I will not fill this blog with 100 entries, I do want to make a short list of just a few of the many things I am thankul for (in no particualr order):

  • Our Patients – Every day it is such an honor to provide care for you and your family. It is a responsibility that we deeply appreciate. Thank you.
  • Local Professionals – We are thanskful for every doctor, therapist, teacher, or other professional who puts their trust in us when they refer for specailized services such as vision therapy, myopia management, or sports vision. It means the world to us!
  • Bright Eyes Staff – We have grown from a staff of four people to almost 20 and they are such hardworking, pleasant, dedicated people. We would not be able to provide the care we can without them.
  • Cristina – To single one staff member out, Cristina is the office manager and the unsung hero of Bright Eyes. While the doctors get the credit and everyone knows the smiling faces at the front desk, Cristina works day and night to keep Bright Eyes running smoothly.
  • Dr. Beth – Likewise Dr. Beth routinely goes above and beyond to empower both patients and staff. She is smart and creative and helps make everyone around her a better person.
  • Neighborhoods – We are so lucky to have diverse neighborhoods like Westchase and New Tampa to call home and wonderful business neighbors to interact with.
  • People who work with their hands – This year we undertook a major construction project that involved concrete, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, glasswork, and the knowhow to turn all of this into the new Bright Eyes! We are thankful for their very hard and dedicated work.
  • Professional help – Although we all work very hard, the staff and I cannot do it all. We rely on consutlants and other experts to help us run the business properly. We thankful for their advice and expertise.
  • Scientists and Researchers – Every year Dr. Beth and I improve and advance our recommendations and we make these decisions based on new research and publications in scientific journals. Without them we’d either be stuck in a rut or have to make recommendations just by guesswork. Neither would be ideal.

I hope every one of you has a wonderful holiday season with your friends and families and are able to take time to tell special people that you appreciate them.

Thank you!

-Dr. Nate

(PS – I’ve gotten a lot mileage out of that Lego Thanksgiving creation. I should make a new one next year.)

Join us for the Westchase Location Grand Opening – September 10th!

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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!

You will notice that we have more than doubled our square footage to serve you better! This includes more exam rooms and more vision therapy and myopia control space, and ability to make glasses right in the office.

We are so lucky to have such supportive family, friends and patients, as well as an amazing staff! We hope you can join us!

– Dr. Nate & Cristina Bonilla-Warford & the Bright Eyes team

Details:

Event: Westchase Grand Opening

Date: Tuesday, September 10

Time: 4:30-7:00pm

Location: 9912 W. Linebaugh Ave, Tampa, FL 33626

Entertainment: Live Music, Refreshments, and “Behind the Scenes” tours.

Children and Families welcome!

RSVP to Bright Eyes with your name & number of guests:813-792-0637 or office@brighteyestampa.com

 

 

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

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