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Big Ray-Ban Event for Adults and Children

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Saturday June 30th 2018

9 am to 1 pm

20% off Prescription Frames and Lenses

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Podcast Episode #5: Eclipse Safety

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.
  • eclipse picNumber 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!

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Thank you for listening. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, you can email us at office@brighteyestampa.com.

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.

Intro/outro music: Lucas Warford of Three For Silver.

Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/107937702@N04/

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 BrightEyesTampa.com, 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.

Reviews

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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2 Events: Smith Optics Show/Banana Republic Show and Spring Cleaning Eyewear Sale!

 

Event 1: Spring Eyewear Show!

Wednesday, April 26 – 4 to 8pm

25% OFF 1st pair – 50% Off 2nd Pair

Bright Eyes Family Vision Care – Westchase

Win FREE SMITH PRESCRIPTION SUNGLASSES!

Featuring Smith Optics and Banana Republic.

Every style, every color, every size to try on Eyeglasses! Sunglasses! Women! Men!

 

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Event 2: Spring Cleaning Sale

Mon, April 24 – Fri, April 28

One week! Two offices!

Every frame on SALE! $50 – $100 OFF!

 

Spring Events

Recommendations for Playing Pokemon Go

pkIf you are under 30 or have kids, chances are good that you’ve heard of Pokemon, a card game/cultural phenomenon featuring “pocket monsters”, combining card collecting, game play, and battling. Pokemon is celebrating its 20th year and has spawned books, TV shows, movies, video games, and more.

The new app called Pokemon Go is one of the hottest phone-based games in a long time. It’s an augmented-reality game where you catch and battle pretend Pokemon in the real world. And it’s fun.

I am too old to have played Pokemon as a kid, but my kids play. I am interested in real-world electronic gaming and used to be very involved in Foursquare. 4 years ago I did play Ingress, a phone-based global game of Capture the Flag built by Niantic (then a Google company). Niantic is the company behind Pokemon Go. So when a librarian mentioned to my daughter (checking out a Pokemon book), that the public library was a Pokespot, I decided to download the game and play it with my kids.

If you play Pokemon Go, there are lots of helpful guides to get you started. Here is one my wife found on Forbes. I encourage you to read them, because there is no game play guide. What follows are the recommendations from a pediatric optometrist to parents with kids about how to make Pokemon Go the best it can be for your family.

PLAY. OUTSIDE. SAFELY.

  1. Play Pokemon Go WITH your kids!

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    Our avatar walking around.

This is a rare chance to play on a digital device as a family! Take advantage of it.

  1. Create a rule that the app can only be opened OUTSIDE.

Spending time outdoors is important for children’s visual development. Pokemon Go is one of those few apps that encourage this. In fact, users are posting complaints about how much exercise they are getting by using it! Don’t forget sunglasses and sunscreen.

Get out of your car and play! Let’s face it. Driving around just to catch Pokemon without getting outside and exploring is just lazy. And defeats the goal of getting exercise and playing in the real world. Lots of parks and areas with public art have Pokestops and Pokemon Gyms. Get out of the car, catch some Pokemon, but enjoy real world, too.

  1. Insist that you play in a group.

Walking around distracted, eyes affixed to your phone, is risky. Streets, curbs, bicycles, lampposts, and other people could be ignored. People have been injured playing Pokemon Go. Play in a group, so that someone is paying attention to the surroundings. In our house, the group must include both kids and one grown-up. Grown-ups can keep the group from going where it shouldn’t. Plus, it is more fun with other people!

  1. Use caution with strangers.

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Catching a Zubat.

One cool thing is that players tend to congregate at Pokemon Gyms and Pokestops. You can see them looking at their phones and hear them talking to each other in Pokemon language. These players can provide helpful suggestions, but make sure your children understand to use common sense with strangers. Again, having a parent in the group is helpful here.

  1. Only allow play during daylight and in safe areas.

Maybe this is common sense for younger kids, but I have read stories about teens walking around in the early hours of the morning, going to unfamiliar areas to catch a Meowth or an Oddish. Combine this with attention being paid to the screen and, well, you get the idea. There have already been people arrested for using Pokemon Go to lure people to a secluded area and robbing them.

  1. Consider an external charger for your phone.

Even with the battery-saving setting, if you take long walks, your battery will not hold up if you are playing Pokemon Go the whole time. Just saying.

Update: A good reminder from my Neighborhood Homeowners Association: Many PokeStops are fountains and fountains are often in ponds. Know what else are in ponds in Florida? Alligators. So don’t get too close to ponds without looking around. Especially at night. The local police have a few other recommendations here.

One more thing. I know for a fact that there are Pokespots and Pokemon near the Bright Eyes Family Vision Care office. (Unfortunately, none near Bright Eyes Kids.) So don’t forget to Catch ‘Em All when you come to your appointment. 🙂

-Dr. Nate

NanoVista frames for Kids!

We are always on the lookout for the best in new eyeglass frame options for infants, children, and adults. We are thrilled to announce that we have NanoVista in stock and ready for your child. Talk to our professionals in children’s glasses and you will find something that will work for your child!

They come in three styles:

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  • NANO frames are manufactured with the exclusive and patented SILIFLEX material; this unique plastic material is 35% lighter than acetate frames and delivers a long lasting and durable finish.
  • The patented exclusive hinge stands out due to its maximum flexibility making them “Child-Proof”.
  • Rubberized temples and nose pieces make these one of the most comfortable frames for kids. Great for sports and everyday use.

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  • Comfort and protection. NanoSol fit babies and toddlers comfortably with a rubberized nosepad and a special strap. They provide the maximum protection against UV and blue light.

Silicon Baby:

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  • Designed for babies and toddlers, Silicon Baby frames come in Rounded or Rectangular designs. The shape centers around the eye, giving little ones an extended field of vision.

Here is what other pediatric opticians have to say:

  • “They are amazing frames!”
  • “They fit a bigger variety of head and face sizes, and much more adjustable too.”
  • “Patients and parents love them.”
  • “These are really cute!”

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7 Tips to Survive Allergy Season

The tree pollen counts are sky-high this week in Tampa. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, more than 60 million Americans suffer from allergies. The same yellow dust that is coating all of our cars is also getting into our eyes. Are you suffering this week from itchy, red watery eyes? It may be due to ocular allergies, also known as allergic conjunctivitis. Some people can even have ocular allergies without allergies affecting the nose and throat.

Allergy forecast(from www.pollen.com)

So, what can we do to survive the spring??

  1. Wear sunglasses to help prevent pollen falling into your eyes.
  2. Look up the pollen counts so you can plan your outdoor activities for lower pollen count days. The pollen levels are typically highest on windy, dry, sunny days.
  3. Keep your windows closed to avoid airborne pollens.
  4. Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes.
  5. Shower after outdoor activities to rinse the pollen off your skin and hair. This pollen will continue to irritate your eyes, nose and throat even after coming inside.
  6. Contact lenses can sometimes magnify the itchiness you experience. Some people get relief with daily disposable contact lenses or changing contact lens cleaning during allergy season. Come in for an exam with Drs. Nate or Beth to see what would be best for you.
  7. Consult with your primary care doctor or allergist to see if an allergy medication is right for you.

Call our office to schedule an appointment if you suspect ocular allergies are affecting you.

-Dr. Beth.

National Sunglasses Day

National Sunglasses Day Is June 27!

National Sunglasses DayWe live in a state that gets a lot of sunlight. So much so that in 1970 “The Sunshine State” became the official nickname for Florida.

Sunshine is wonderful – it makes people feel happy, it is great for growing beautiful plants, and it’s available year round. But sunlight also contains ultraviolet light, which you may know as UV light. This part of light can be dangerous: It can cause sunburns, premature aging, and disease.

To increase awareness of the importance of UV protection the Vision Council has promoted National Sunglasses Day annually. National Sunglasses Day is held on June 27. It is not only an observance but a reminder that our sunglasses are a health necessity, and it is important to wear sunglasses or other UV-protective eyewear every day to protect long-term eye health.

This is especially important for kids and adults who live in our Tampa area. As you can see here, Tampa is the 4th highest city for UV radiation, with extra risk over half of the year. Why is this important to know? Because UV can cause lots of eye problems like cataracts, skin cancer, and macular degeneration.

Did you know that sunglasses are important for kids, too? Children receive more annual sun exposure than adults because many of their activities are outdoors. This increased exposure to sunlight also increases children’s exposure to damaging UV light. Children’s eyes differ from adults’ in that children’s ocular lenses do not filter UV light as effectively as can adults’ do.

Because UV exposure adds up over a life time, it is important to begin protection at an early age. Over a lifetime, damage from unprotected exposure to UV rays can lead to eye diseases and conditions that will affect the health of the eyes and vision.

To encourage young people to protect their eyes from ultraviolet light, we are giving away free Bright Eyes sunglasses like the ones we gave to Little Stride Fitness. You can bring your child to Bright Eyes Kids on National Sunglasses Day (this Saturday between 9am and 1pm) receive your free pair!

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Maui Jim Event Saturday May 24!

turtlesSummer is coming, and that means that you need a great pair of sunglasses! Seriously. Think I am kidding? I am always amazed when patients tell me that they don’t like sunglasses. I just don’t get it. I LOVE my sunglasses. And you should, too. Here are 10 reasons why you need some good sunglasses:

First, we live in Florida, also known as the Sunshine State. There is a lot of ultraviolet (UV) radiation in that sunshine. UV exposure increases the risk of cataracts, skin cancer around the eye and, more. UV protection has nothing to do with how dark the lenses are, so they don’t have to be dark to help.

Second, there is a lot of glare out there. The sun is bright, especially when reflecting off the water, road, or other cars. Polarization cuts the glare.

Third through Tenth, Sunglasses are just awesome. They feel good to wear. Cool like James Dean, Tom Cruise, or P. Diddy (depending on your generation).

Some people prefer to wear cheap sunglasses, but here is something you need to know. The optical quality and sometimes even the UV protection is not as good as in real sunglasses. That is why I have Maui Jims – several pairs – in the car, in the house, at work, when I am traveling. And we believe you should have some good sunglasses, too, so we are hosting the

Maui Jim Sunglass Show

Saturday, May 24 from 10am to 2pm, at the Westchase location.

Here are some reasons to come to the event:

  • See the entire Maui Jim collection!

  • Receive a $50 gift certificate towards any prescription or non-prescription sunglasses!

  • Pop a balloon for free sunglasses and other great prizes!

  • Saturday appointments available (Yes, Saturday!)

Call 813-792-0637 for questions or to schedule an appointment. Hope to see you there!

Dr. Nate

By Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD

Bright Eyes Family Vision Care & Bright Eyes Kids

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