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Shadowing: Optometrists and Pre-Optometry Students

Because Dr. Bonilla-Warford and Dr. Knighton are specialists in pediatric vision and vision therapy, they frequently get requests from optometrists and students interested in furthering their knowledge.

Why shadow?

By observing optometrists at work, shadows can see how they interact with all sorts of patients, including infants and those with special needs. Shadows can observe what a day is like for optometrists and develop an understanding of how vision therapy and other specialty services can benefit patients. Additionally, there is exposure to the nature of practice management. Finally, there are other portions of the practice, such as the vision therapy room, contact lens, and optical that you may want to observe.

Arranging a shadowing experience

We get many requests to shadow and we try to accommodate them as the schedule allows. If you are interested in shadowing, you can email Kay, the Shadowing Coordinator, at office@brighteyestampa.com. She will talk with you about available shadowing dates and locations. Generally, shadowing is limited to one half day per week.

InfantSEEDay of your visit

  • Please print and sign this form to bring with you for our records.
  • Please leave some travel time for traffic and construction.
  • Business casual dress is appropriate.
  • Patient privacy is import. Each patient will give permission for your observation.
  • During patient care time, please remain quiet and discreet. If a patient initiates conversation with you, feel free to answer in professional terms.
  • The doctors will be happy to answer questions when he or she is free, but there may be times when they are busy not only with direct patient care but with patient documentation or other tasks. There may be time when the doctor requires privacy and will pair you up with a staff member for a short time.


-Drs. Bonilla-Warford and Dr. Knighton