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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, 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.


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! 🙂

-Dr. Nate

Bright Eyes Family and Bright Eyes Kids

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TV News Segment on Orthokeratology and Myopia Control

The mission of Bright Eyes Family Vision Care and Bright Eyes Kids is to empower our patients by providing the best vision care possible. One of the most exciting ways that we are able to do this now is called orthokeratology. It is one of the methods used to keep children from getting more and more nearsighted. Like vision therapy, it is complicated, but very, very rewarding.

I am very happy that word of orthok and myopia control is spreading! You can see for yourself from this excellent recent news segment from 10News CBS WTSP did featuring me and a patient of Bright Eyes.

Here it is:

A HUGE THANKS to reporter Courtney Robinson She was great to work with and genuinely interested in children’s vision and the effect of screen time. She took the time to come to the office and ask many fantastic questions. You can read her whole story here.


I am also thrilled that my daughter, Nora, has started orthok. I will write a blog post about that next. 🙂

If you have any questions, please let us know. Use the button below or call us at (813) 792-0637. And as a reminder, orthok is not just for kids. We do have adult patients that use orthok to be free from glasses for sports or while reading their phones or other activities.

See Well!

-Dr. Nate

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Dr. Nate Lectures at American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control Meeting

20160410_102939Dr. Nate Bonilla-Warford just returned from the annual educational conference of the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control (AAOMC) in Scottsdale, Az. International speakers presented on a variety of topics, but the myopia epidemic and its impact on public health, and new methods for slowing nearsightedness in kids were the top priority. Over 500 doctors attended, representing the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, China, Mexico, Australia, and many others.

Dr. Nate delivered two lectures at the AAOMC meeting. The first was a workshop designed to teach attending doctors different strategies of myopia control. The second was aimed at improving communication between myopia specialists and other professionals, such as pediatricians.

The AAOMC is part of the International Academy of Orthokeratology (IAO), a worldwide organization of orthokeratologists who provide a non-surgical alternative for the correction of nearsightedness, astigmatism, hyperopia, presbyopia and myopia control. Dr. Nate has been a lecturing member of AAOMC for many years.

Myopia (nearsightedness) is an epidemic disease affecting over one billion children and adults worldwide, with expectations that the number will hit 2.5 billion by 2020. Extensive research has proven that there are many methods, including ortho-k, specialized soft contacts, and prescription eye drops, that can slow the progression of nearsightedness. This can reduce the risk of retinal detachments and glaucoma as well as the social issues associated with wearing thick glasses. For more information go here or call us at (813) 792-0627.

You can find more information on myopia, orthokeratology, and to find a provider near you go to:



Bright Eyes Kids is Coming Soon!!

Bright Eyes Kids

Bright Eyes Kids is coming soon!

Since we opened Bright Eyes Family Vision Care in 2006, the number of pediatric patients has steadily grown. At first we saw very few, but now almost half of our patients are under 18 years old. And that is no accident. After I completed my Residency in Pediatric Optometry and Binocular Vision in Chicago, I knew I wanted to work with kids. I wondered if I was crazy for moving home to Florida, the retirement capital of the world.

Well, lo and behold, there are children in Florida and many of them need eye care. So we have been planning for the last year to expand our services specifically to children. And I am now very, very happy to announce that in March we will be opening a new location specifically for children’s eye care. Called Bright Eyes Kids, it will bring the skill and care you expect from us at Bright Eyes Family Vision Care to New Tampa and be tailored specifically for children!

Why New Tampa? Well there are many reasons. The first is that we frequently have patients that come from areas such as Gainesville, Winter Haven, and other places east of Tampa. Located near I-75, the new office will be much more accessible for patients because they will not have to drive all the way across town. Another reason is that my family and close relatives actually live in the New Tampa area and it will be great to practice closer to home. The new address is 15303 Amberly Drive, Suite C, Tampa, FL 33647.

What will be offering at Bright Eyes Kids? Eye exams for infants, toddlers, and gradeschoolers and teens. We will be fitting contact lenses and specialty glasses for young kids. We will have an expanded area to offer vision therapy, to help children develop the visual skills they need to be successful at school and life. We will offer orthokeratology for kids who want 20/20 vision all day while not wearing glasses or contacts.

But don’t worry – nothing will change at Bright Eyes Family Vision Care in Westchase. I will still be seeing patients there regularly and we will. Moms, grandpas and other adults are welcome to come see us there!

Now, please. Help us making Bright Eyes Kids the best it can be by completing this very, very short survey. While we are finalizing details about the new office, this is your chance to help us get them right. Click here to take the brief survey.

Dr. Nate

By Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
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Happy Orthokeratology Patients at Bright Eyes

Orthokeratology goes by many names…. Ortho-k, corneal refractive therapy, Gentle Vision Shaping, corneal molding, and others. At Bright Eyes Family Vision Care, we tend to call it corneal reshaping or Orthokeratology. But regardless of whatever terms we choose to call it, our patients call it “awesome!”

Watch for yourself:

(Click here to watch on Youtube).

This last weekend I was fortunate enough to attend and speak at the Orthokeratology Academy of America (OAA) educational conference. The OAA is an international organization of orthokeratologists who provide a nonsurgical alternative to refractive surgery for nearsightedness, astigmatism and hyperopia. Current research also shows that Ortho-K can slow myopic progression in children.

The international faculty of presenters covered topics including myopia control (including soft lens technology), corneal reshaping research, safety of corneal reshaping, progressive/hyperopic Ortho-K lens designs, new corneal reshaping techniques. I heard speakers from Australia, Japan, China, Italy, Spain, and from all over the US.

President Dr. Cary Herzberg had the pleasure of announcing the inception of the new International Academy of Orthokeratology(IAO). The IAO brings together ortho-K organizations from the America (OAA) as well and Europe and Asia. This international organization will support, promote and advance corneal reshaping worldwide thru quality education and research presentations at meetings held around the world. For more information about the OAA click here.

At Bright Eyes, we have successfully treated patients from 7 to 59 years old with orthokeratology. This includes pilots, lawyers, retirees, and lots of kids like Christopher (above). If you would like more information about Orthokeratology, call our office in Westchase at 813-792-0637 or visit

Dr. Nate

Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.

Interview with Nick Despotidis, O.D. about Corneal Reshaping

[ I haven’t written much for the blog in the last couple of weeks. Mostly I’ve been busy with Javier and Nora. You can see some of Javier’s pictures on Flickr here: – Dr. B].

I am very excited to bring you this interview with Nick Despotidis, O.D. (Dr. D). He is one of my mentors in the orthokeratology/corneal reshaping field. He has written, researched, lectured on the subject for many years. I have attended several of his lectures and have always been impressed with his insight and enthusiasm. I was even more impressed when I read his book “My Children are Nearsighted, Too.” Dr. D practices in Hamilton Square, New Jersey.

Dr. B. Writing a book takes a lot of effort. What prompted you to write a book and not just a large pamphlet?

Dr. D. : As health professionals, we often get asked similar questions from patients. However, nothing seems to elicit as much emotion as when parents are discussing their children’s vision. Seeing the concern or sheer disappointment on a parent’s face when I tell them their child needs glasses still moves me, even after twenty years in practice.

Parents often ask: “Why so young? Do they have to wear glasses all the time? Is this inherited? Is it going to get worse? What can be done?” My explanation and subsequent recommendations take time, time we often don’t have while in the examination room, yet parents deserve.

So now I actually give my patients a copy of our book and highlight specific sections I want them to read. Then, after they develop a good background and learn the answers to many of their questions, we discuss how to help their son or daughter. It’s worked amazingly well. I’m very proud after parents tell me how much the book has helped them understand vision and given them an arsenal of recommendations.<

As a parent myself I appreciate the frustration of being told my child requires some type of treatment without fully understanding my options. The book was written to empower parents when it comes to their children’s eyesight.

How long did it take for beginning to end?

Two years!

As an early adopter of corneal reshaping, did you initially suspect that myopia control was going to be as successful as it has recently been shown to be?

No. In 1992 when it was first introduced into our office it was just viewed as a substitute for daytime contact lenses or glasses. That’s it. We reserved recommending corneal reshaping for patients who could not wear contacts during the day or required freedom from contact lenses or eyeglasses during their waking hours. So we had a lot of athletes, teachers and executives wearing the lens, but it was a select few.

However, clinically we observed that teenage athletes wearing the lenses did not need changes to their prescription every year like many of our eyeglass or contact lens wearing patients. In 1998 when my own two sons began wearing eyeglasses, that’s when the light turned out. You see, even though I prescribe eyeglasses daily, when my young children needed eyeglasses, I was upset, even distraught. Seeing the success they’ve had with corneal reshaping inspired me to become an “early adopter” or advocate of this technology.

If corneal reshaping is such a positive and exciting technology, one that may help thousands of young children from having their eyesight worsen, why don’t all doctors provide this service?

That’s a great question, one I get asked daily! Most eye doctors are not familiar with corneal reshaping even though Paragon Vision Sciences, the maker of the CRT design, received FDA approval over 9 years ago! Some doctors may base their opinion on outdated information or personal experience.

As a “seasoned” health provider I understand how long new procedures take to enter mainstream medical offices. But that does not make it fair or right. For example, it took over 30 years for data to arise that a child’s eye coordination skills may affect their ability to read and consequently learn. Even though I understood this in my early training days it took decades to become “accepted.” And even today some practitioners are not on board. Corneal reshaping faces the same challenge. In addition to understanding the technology, doctors need to enjoy seeing patients more often than their contact lens and eyeglass wearing patients. This is often not the case.

Lastly, there is a higher level of technology and training required to perform corneal reshaping properly. Doctors may not be interested enough to upgrade their offices to provide this service.

I personally overcame these apprehensions when I saw how well corneal reshaping helped my own sons. Now, literally 10 years after they started wearing these lenses, their eyesight has not gotten worse. Nothing more needs to be said.

What is your next project?

I’m writing a personal development book extolling the life lessons I’ve acquired as a husband, parent, doctor and philanthropist.

Thanks, Dr. Despotidis, for taking the time. I wish yoy, your family, and your patients the best.

You can read more about Dr. Despotidis and orthokeratology at: If you have questions about whether or not corneal reshaping is right for your or child, feel free to contact Bright Eyes at the contact info below or call 813-792-0637.

Be Well!

Dr. Nate

Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.

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Ortho-K: Possible Method of Slowing the Progression of Myopia in Children (SMART Trial)

Ahah! I was scooped on this story by one of my favorite bloggers, Ann Z. from LittleFourEyes. I was going to write a post about this exciting news today, but since she already has. Check it out here.

I Will leave you with a quote from yesterday’s press release:

According to Dr. S. Barry Eiden the trial will also investigate why these special lenses may be effective in slowing myopia.

“Current thinking suggests that these CRT lenses flatten the cornea but other evidence suggests that these lenses may influence the growth in eyeball length (termed axial length). A major contributor to progressive nearsightedness is axial length elongation. Corneal reshaping may actually result in decreased axial length growth. The exact mechanism by which this happens is still being investigated” said Dr. Eiden.

“The results of the SMART Study so far are very exciting,” said Dr. Davis. “The outcomes of this study may revolutionize how we manage young nearsighted patients from this point forward”.

You can go to the SMART study facebook page to find more information.You can also watch a news report on the study here.

It should also be noted that the SMART study is building on additional recent studies that have also found that Orthokeratology has been successful in slowly the progression of myopia.

To find orthokeratology doctors in Tampa and elsewhere: go to the Orthokeratology Academy of America. If you are curious, feel free to call or come in for our no-cost consultation to determine if you are candidate.

Be Well.

Dr. Nate

Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.

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Nighttime contact lenses show promise in controlling nearsightedness

There is increasing clinical evidence that orthokeratology is an effective method of reduce myopic progression. The latest study, the SMART (Stabilization of Myopia by Accelerated Reshaping Technique) Trial, a national study led by Chicago researchers Drs. S. Barry Eiden and Robert Davis, adds additional evidence:

“At the end of one year, the test group was absolutely rock solid, no progression (of nearsightedness) at all,” Eiden said. “The control group had two power steps of progression on average.” One power step equals a change of .25 diopters in prescription strength.

If the study’s hypothesis holds up, children with mild nearsightedness could have healthier eyes as adults, with a greater chance of successful LASIK, vision-correcting surgery and less risk of retinal complications later in life, Eiden said.

This is exciting because many parents ask me about methods to reduce or eliminate the development of nearsightedness. This study is far from over, but it appears to be supporting the efficacy of orthokeratology as a means to control myopia.

Bright Eyes is one of the few offices in Tampa and the only in Westchase to offer orthokeratology. If you have any questions about orthokeratology, or whether or not you or your children are candidates, contact the office at 813-792-0637.

Be Well!

Dr. Nate

Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.

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Video on Children’s Ortho-k

While people are now learning about Corneal Reshaping, or Orthokeratology, here in the United States, it has been very popular in Asia for quite some time. This is due to the fact that there is a very high prevalence of myopia in many Asian countries and corneal reshaping has been shown to not only temporarily eliminate nearsightedness, but can also reduce its progression.

This 7 minute video was not made in Tampa, but in Asia where ortho-k is very popular, so the girls speak little English. Still, the video demonstrates how well two young girls do with the reshaping lenses. One girl is quite young and gets help from her parents. Another girl is perhaps 8 or 9 years old and shows how well she handles the lenses by herself.

Click here

Be well!

Dr. Nate

Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.

TV Segment on Ortho-k

Dr. James Jordan is a colleague of mine from Colorado who specializes in corneal reshaping (orthokeratology). He had the opportunity to talk about corneal reshaping on a local television program called Colorado & Company. He brought a patient along to discuss her results.

You can watch the whole video by clicking here. It is short and summarizes many of the benefits of corneal reshaping including the effectiveness and reversibility of the procedure.

If you are interested in finding out more about Precise Corneal Reshaping, or are wondering if you are a candidate, you can read more about it or call our office.

Be Well!

Dr. Nate

Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.