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2019 Buddy Walk

Dr. Nate's Note: We at Bright Eyes enjoy being involved in the community and love to support our patients. This year we were lucky enough...

How to Keep Glasses from Getting Foggy

Whether you live in a cold climate or have visited one in the winter, you have probably seen someone who just walked in from the...

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

  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...

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...

Podcast Episode #15: Myopia Management With Esther Rodas

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...

MYOPIA AWARENESS WEEK!

  This week, from May 13th to 19th, is the first international Myopia Awareness Week. The goal is to raise awareness that Myopia is a...

EnChroma gives a more colorful view of the Valspar PGA Tournament

This week, Bright Eyes was excited to partner with the Valspar PGA Tournament and EnChroma color blind glasses to help a young golf fan! Bright...

Any Colorblind Golf Fans around?

  Bright Eyes is teaming up with the Valspar Championship and Enchroma to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for one local teen or adult who is color blind.  The...

Podcast Episode #14: Adam Cegielski From Eyecarrot on Binovi

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...

Bright Eyes is Getting Bigger!

[youtube]r9C6JGMbQoc[/youtube] Hi, it is Dr. Nate with good news! As longtime patients know, Bright Eyes Family Vision Care was started in a very small location....

Podcast Episode #13: Peter Shaw OD and Shaw Lenses

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...

Dr. Nate Gives Lecture on Myopia Control to Optometrists

Recently, Dr. Nate Bonilla-Warford and Dr. Beth Knighton attended the Hillsborough Society of Optometrists annual Fall Classic. They showcased Bright Eyes Family and Bright Kids...

Podcast Episode #12: Betsy Yaros on Vision Therapy and Developing 3D Vision

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...

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...

Bright Eyes Team Members Participate in 100-Mile Relay Race for Charity

Dr. Beth Knighton, Dr. Nate Bonilla-Warford, and assistant Melissa Joseph were members of the team "No Run Intended" of the 100-mile, Keys 100, relay race...

Podcast #11 – Colorblindness and EnChroma Glasses with Dr. Jeff Goodhew

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...

Spring Cleaning Sale – All Frames on Sale

  Here at Bright Eyes Family Vision Care we have to get ready for SUMMER. And one of the things that means for us is...

Podcast #10: NaturalVue Contact Lenses with Dr. Douglas Benoit

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...

Construction Near Bright Eyes Family in Westchase Will Affect Traffic.

Be advised that pipeline construction will affect patients coming to Bright Eyes Family in Westchase for several weeks. Beginning Monday, April 23, 2018, the Westchase...

Good Morning America Shares a Story about How EnChroma Glasses Helped a Color Blind 6-year-old Boy

We have had the EnChroma glasses for a bout a month now and the response has been fantastic. Not only have Tampa Bay patients with...

Podcast #9: Vivid Vision with James Blaha

- 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...

Dr. Nate meets with USF Pre-Optometry Society

Last week, Dr. Nate spent an evening at Bright Eyes Kids with the USF Pre-Optometry Professional Society. The event was arranged by the group's president,...

Bright Eyes Family Vision Care Becomes Only Tampa Bay Retailer of Enchroma Color Deficiency Eyewear

  Our Bright Eyes Family Vision Care optometric practice and Bright Eyes Kids pediatric optometry practice in Tampa, Florida have become exclusive retailers of an...

Bright Eyes is Running for Cancer – and you can help!

Since its inception, Bright Eyes has been very involved in the community and has made charitable giving a goal. Over the years, we have participated...

Podcast Episode #8: Vision Therapy with Edna Moore

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...

Podcast Episode #7: Myopia and Outdoor Time

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...

Bright Eyes Updates for 2018

2017 was quite the year at Bright Eyes! Dealing with the Kids office flooding and then Hurricane Irma were challenging, but other parts of 2017...

Podcast Episode #6 – Refractive Error (Myopia, Hyperopia, Astigmatism, and Presbyopia)

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...

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...

Podcast Episode #4: UV Protection for the Eyes

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...

Podcast Episode #3 – Vision Leads

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...

Podcast Episode #2: What is an Optometrist? (The 5 O’s)

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...

Podcast Episode #1 – Who We Are

Note: This is the first episode of our new podcast that will cover all aspects of vision care. You can listen in the player below...

The Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind

What are you doing this summer? Now that the kids are a little bigger, we decided to embark on a family road trip. We drove...

Dr. Beth and Dr. Nate lecture in Miami

This weekend, Dr. Nate, Dr. Beth and vision therapists took a trip to Miami Beach to attend the 6th Annual Florida COVD Study Group. Dr. Nate...

Are You Ignoring Your Dry Eyes?

You Don’t Have to Live With Dry Eyes Have you noticed that your eyes feel chronically dry, itchy, scratchy or even sometimes watery? Many people...

Does Smoking Affect Vision?

Eye Doctors Weigh In: How Smoking Can Harm Your Vision & Eye Health We all know that smoking is bad for you, especially the risks that...

Sjogren’s Awareness Month – Understanding The Invisible Disease 

In honor of Sjogren’s Awareness month, eye care providers are helping to spread the word to increase awareness about this hard-to-diagnose disease. Sjogren’s is a...

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...

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...

April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Hey women! Did you know that women are more likely to suffer from vision problems and are at higher risk of permanent vision loss than...

The Right (and the Wrong) Way to Clean Your Glasses

There is nothing worse than a dirty spot on your glasses - well except perhaps many dirty spots or smudges. When that happens, most of...

New Hours

Update: Starting Monday March 27th, there will be some new office hours. The Westchase location will be opening and closing 30 minutes earlier on Monday,...

Congrats to Mark Marciano, OD in City Council Win!

A huge congratulations to my colleague of many years, Mark Marciano, OD. While lots of people like to complain about local issues, very few are...

My Daughter’s Ortho-K Journey

I wear glasses. Most people in my family wear glasses or contacts because they cannot see well at a distance. They have myopia, also known...

It’s Time to Talk About Blue Light

Workplace Eye Safety Month Blue light. Do you know what it is? Do you know where it comes from, or how it can be harmful...

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...

Understanding Eye Color

People always ask Dr. Beth and me about the color of their eyes. Are they brown? Hazel? Green? Well, it is complicated. Eye color is a...

6 Ways to Prevent Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a serious condition that can threaten your vision and is a leading cause of vision loss among people age 50...

10 years – Blog Update

I started this blog in 2007 at the suggestion of friend and colleague Justin Bazan, OD. of Park Slope Eye. Think of it - so...

“The Sneak Thief of Sight” Is On Our Minds This January

Make your resolution for healthy vision this year with increased awareness of the leading cause of blindness worldwide.

Top Ten New Years Resolutions for Screen time and Kids Eyes

(Note - You can read my previous Top Ten New Year's Resolutions for Healthy Vision for Eye Health,  Children's Vision, Saving Money on Eyecare, Myopia Control, and...

Virtual Reality Home Vision Therapy is Here!

Good news! I am thrilled to announce that Bright Eyes Family Vision Care is now offering Vivid Vision Virtual Reality-based vision therapy system for home...

Holiday Season Shopping: Are Nerf Guns Safe for the Eyes?

This is the one way you can be sure that you or your child’s eyes are truly safe during Nerf shooting:

Dry Eye Syndrome Causes and Cures

Despite the fact that it is one of the most common eye problems, a surprisingly large percentage of patients are not aware of it.

Tell Your Kids to Go Outside: Exposure to Sunlight May Reduce Risk of Myopia.

Big news today for pediatric eye doctors, parents, and children!  The New York Times reports exposure to sunlight may reduce the risk of developing myopia, according to...

New Days and Hours!

We have great news! Bright Eyes Family Vision Care will now be open on Saturdays! Patients have asked for Saturday appointments and it took us...

Bright Eyes is Hiring!

Bright Eyes Family Vision Care is growing and we are hiring people with who want to help in our mission to empower patients through providing the...

Bright Eyes Blacklight Run!

This weekend the Bright Eyes Team took on the fun Blacklight Run - a nighttime 5K race with lots of music and bright color. Here are...

PeroxiClear Contact Lens Solution Recalled

Recalled product. Attention patients: Our office has been informed that Bausch + Lomb is conducting a voluntary recall of PeroxiClear® 3% Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaning &...

New Signs at Bright Eyes Family Vision Care

If you have been to Bright Eyes Family Vision Care, you might have noticed some changes. We always trying to keep the office fresh and...

Fox 13’s Dr. Jo Comes to Bright Eyes to Cover Vision Therapy for Amblyopia

I usually go to bed around 9:30pm, so I was surprised when Edna, Bright Eyes Family Vision Care's head Vision Therapist, texted me at 10:15...

10 Reasons Patients Choose to Purchase Glasses at Bright Eyes

Recently, I asked the Bright Eyes opticians to come up with 10 reasons why patients purchases glasses from us. They know that patients have many options...

Governor Rick Scott Recognizes August as Children’s Vision and Learning Month

As we do every year during back-to-school season, we recognize how important vision is for efficient learning. Vision is more than 20/20! For lots of...

10th Anniversary Party Pics!!

Thank you to all our patients, friends, and family who came out to have fun and celebrate our 10th anniversary with us! Below are some...

Dr. Nate and Betsy Yaros discuss Vivid Vision on Bay News 9

Several weeks ago we mentioned that Dr. Randy Shuck from Bay News 9 interviewed Betsy Yaros and Dr. Nate about Vivid Vision, the Virtual Reality...

Recommendations for Playing Pokemon Go

If 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...

Vote For Your Favorite “10” and Win Gucci Glasses!

To get in the celebration spirit for our 10th anniversary party, we decided to have a creative competition among the Bright Eyes staff!  And we're...

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...

Children’s Vision Tips for Summer!

Summer is here!!! When I was a kid, I remember the last day of school: cleaning out my desk and locker, saying goodbye to teachers,...

Sunglasses [Infographic]

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Bright Eyes 10 Years Anniversary Party!

Bright Eyes Family Vision Care is turning 10 years old! Over the last decade, our patients have seen us grow from a small office with...

TC Charton – Asian Fit Eyeglasses

Have you been all over Tampa, trying on pair after pair of eyeglasses, only to find that none of them seem to fit your nose or...

Bright Eyes will Be on Bay News 9!

We are in a very exciting time right now, here at Bright Eyes! It is summer! Our 10th Anniversary party (see info here) is coming...

Interview with James Blaha, Co-Founder of Vivid Vision

To continue our series on Virtual Reality. I was lucky enough to interview James Blaha, co-founder of Vivid Vision. I have known James for couple...

Virtual Reality Therapy

I have been interested in Virtual Reality (VR) for a long time. In the early 2000's I had my first computer-aided "augmented reality" experience at...

Helping Adults See in 3D With Vision Therapy

[youtube]FPLrHq8bUW0[/youtube] It is such an exciting time to provide vision therapy! There are so many advancements in treatment and knowledge in this area of Optometry....

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

Dr. 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...

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...

Research Shows Adults Can Be Treated for Amblyopia

Adult Amblyopia Treatment Treatment options for adults with amblyopia isn't magic. It is real and based on science. For decades there has been a belief...

#IPatch On-Line Patching Party to Support Amblyopia

[youtube]zvrvN-pDEHs[/youtube] March, 2016, is "Save Your Vision Month". Our friends at A Child's Eyes  are hosting an #IPatch on-line patching party to help spread awareness about Amblyopia...

John John’s Vision Videos

Over the last few years John John has become a wonderful friend of Bright Eyes. He is an incredibly fun and inquisitive young man who loves...

Bright Eyes Escaped!

A few times each year we take some time out from patient care to work with the staff. It usually is a little bit of...

Top Ten Steps For Myopia Control

Happy New Year! It is something of a tradition here at Bright Eyes Family Vision Care to celebrate the coming new year with a Top...

Optometrist Barbie!

Recently Stephanie from our favorite toy store, Learning Express at Citrus Park, gave Dr. Nate an amazing present: Optometrists Barbie! Everyone loves it! It is...

Bright Eyes is Approved For Personal Learning Scholarship Account (PLSA) Scholarships

  We have great news. We are pleased to announce that Bright Eyes is now an approved provider for the Florida Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts...

Protecting Our Kids From Head Injuries In Soccer

This week the United States Soccer Federation introduced new safety initiatives to reduce head injuries for young athletes. The new regulations will prohibit players 10...

Myopia gene? Well, Partially.

  For those of us who are concerned about myopia and its development,  there is some pretty big news! Just take a look at the...

Welcome to Our New Website!

Notice something different around here? Yes, that’s right! We’ve given our website a new makeover! At Bright Eyes, we are committed to keeping pace with the...

Back to School 2015 at Bright Eyes!

It is official! Summer is winding down and the Back to School season is in full swing!   That late summer "Back to School" season...

Quit getting bent out of shape, with TurboFlex!

Are your glasses constantly needing adjustment? Do the temples (or arms as most patients call them) seem like they're always too wide? As an optician...

National Sunglasses Day

National Sunglasses Day Is June 27! We live in a state that gets a lot of sunlight. So much so that in 1970 "The Sunshine...

The Brooks Celebrate Life Event

As anyone who has experienced severe trauma knows - it can be devastating for the victim, friends, and family. Many activities that were previously taken...

Great Glasses Play Day!

Are you and your kids ready for our BIGGEST Great Glasses Play Day event yet?!? Great Glasses Play Day: Princesses and Pirates! FREE FUN -...

“Will My Child Be Nearsighted?”

Following the American Optometric Association's recommendations of performing eye exams for children before age 1, at age 3, and before starting kindergarten, that is one...

How Can an Eye Exam Detect High Cholesterol?

“Why is my eye changing color?” is a question we are asked from some patients. While there are conditions that can change the actual color...

Welcome to our New Website

Visit our new optometry website for information about our Practice.

Pink, Stinging Eyes?

It Could Be Pink Eye.

Amblyopia Video Game Treatments on the Horizon

In a recent blog post on new treatments for amblyopia (sometimes called "lazy laze"), I mentioned the Tetris study from a few years ago.* When...

Dr. Nate Talks About Vision and Reading Problems at the Healthy Family Fair

Bright Eyes loves to be involved in the Tampa Bay community. So when we were invited to sponsor and participate in Tampa Bay Healthy Family Fair,...

Amblyopia Research Supports Treatment Without Patching

New amblyopia research shows that treatment with both eyes is better than patching alone! For ages, the majority of amblyopia research and treatment has focused on...

3 TEDx Talks on Vision and Vision Therapy

Ideas Worth Spreading about Vision Therapy Chances are that you have heard of TED Talks. They are short live presentations designed to inspire awe, wonder, and...

New Florida Car Seat Rules Go Into Effect Today

My kids are 5 years and 7 years old. They are still in booster seats.  I always thought this  was Nora in her car seat pretty...

Bright Eyes Kids Open on Weekends for Children’s Eye Exams & More!

For your convenience, we have added Saturday hours to Bright Eyes Kids for children's eye exams, vision therapy, and children's glasses purchase and pick up!...

Dr. Nate, Cristina, & Kids Lecture on Children’s Glasses and Eye Exams

Dr. Nate and Cristina gave a 2 hour lecture on the topic children's vision, children's glasses, and eye exams. As part of the FOCAL Education...

Happy Holidays from Bright Eyes!

  Wow, what an exciting year 2014 has been at Bright Eyes! Below is a short list of major events for us. Bright Eyes Kids is...

Annual Reminder: Use It or Lose It

It's that time of year again! Remember to use ALL of your vision insurance benefits this year. Many expire or run out on December 31st....

Floaters – What Are They? [video]

[youtube]Y6e_m9iq-4Q[/youtube] People constantly ask me about floaters. This is good because they are paying attention and they know that they have been told that if...

Dr. Nathan Bonilla-Warford Earns Fellowship in College of Optometrists in Vision Development

The entire Bright Eyes staff and I are proud to announce that our own Dr. Nathan Bonilla-Warford (Dr. Nate to most) has achieved Fellowship in...

InfantSee Vision Screenings for Infants 6 to 12 Months of Age

Most people are surprised to hear that the American Optometric Association recommends eye exams to begin at six months of age. By six months, your...

Ray-Ban Trunk Show Saturday, October 11th 2014

Ray-Ban Trunk Show Saturday, October 11th 2014 10am-12pm Ray-Ban is one of those classic lines of glasses and sunglasses that everyone knows.  I guarantee that...

Minecraft & Your Child’s Eyes

Minecraft doesn't come up in conversation every day at Bright Eyes Kids, but pretty close to it. I typically ask all my patients, young and old,...

Air Optix Colors Contact Lenses Are Here!

I will be honest. I have actively discouraged patients from using cosmetic contact lenses. I have done it for years. Not because I have anything...

“Foolproof” Eye Test for ADHD

We have known for years that there is a link between how the eyes work and attention. This is why there are so many children...

Back to School time is here!

The Back to School season is one of the busiest for us. In addition to all of the kids who are starting kindergarten who need...

Little Strides Fitness Sponsors 2014

Kids need to spend time being active outdoors away from the TV and video games, and yes, even books. And that is why we’re sponsoring...

Visual Skills Needed for School: What to Look For

I know it is the height of summer. But the "back to school" season is right around the corner. New schools, new teachers, and new...

Maui Jim Event Saturday May 24!

Summer is coming, and that means that you need a great pair of sunglasses! Seriously. Think I am kidding? I am always amazed when patients...

Thank you to our Grand Opening/GGPD Partners!

The date for our big Grand Opening / Great Glasses Play Day event is coming soon! May 4, 2014 to be precise. We are very excited...

Bright Eyes Kids Grand Opening Great Glasses Play Day Extravaganza!

At Bright Eyes Family Vision Care, we love kids. About 40% of the patients who come to our Westchase are under 18 years old. That...

Bright Eyes Supports Autism Awareness

Not everyone realizes this, but many of the behavioral characteristics of the autistic population involve the visual system.  From their ability to communicate and interact...

Bright Eyes Kids is Open!

  This is no April Fool's joke! Bright Eyes Kids is open!   This is the moment that we have been waiting for...We are ready...

Welcome to Dr. Knighton!

There are so many changes at Bright Eyes Family Vision Care right now!  We have added new services such as vision therapy and ortho-k and...

Bright Eyes Kids is Coming Soon!!

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...

My Vision Therapy Story Featured in the book “Dear Jillian”

  One of the most rewarding aspects of providing vision therapy is seeing how passionate that patients and parents becoming in advocating its benefits. Few...

New Ray Ban Eyewear at Bright Eyes!

Bright Eyes is so excited about our newest frame line: RAY-BAN! A well-known eyewear brand, Ray-Ban eyeglasses come in iconic styles such as the very...

End-of-Year Holiday Special!

Throughout December, we are offering a special deal for patients who need to get a back-up pair of glasses, prescription sunglasses, reading glasses, or just...

More on the Dailies Total 1 Contact lens

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a series of classes about the new contact lens Dailies Total 1. I had written...

Legos, The Lego Movie & Vision Development

I can't tell you how excited my kids and I are about The Lego Movie! If you haven't already seen it a bunch of times,...

Kickstarter Alert: Glasses! A board book for young ones in glasses

Longtime readers will know that my friend Ann is amazing. As the founder of Little Four Eyes, and co-founder of Great Glasses Play Day, Ann...

Special Eyewear for Special Needs

We love working with all kinds of patients here at Bright Eyes Family Vision Care. It makes us especially happy when we can help those...

New at Bright Eyes: Blackfin and X-ide

Here at Bright Eyes, we are always excited to bring in new and innovative frame styles.  We were recently introduced to an Italian frame manufacturer...

New at Bright Eyes – Marco TRS and OPDIII

  At Bright Eyes Family Vision Care we pride ourselves in providing the best in clinical services. We are constantly seeking to upgrade our clinical...

Florida Governor Rick Scott’s Children’s Vision and Learning Month Proclamation

  I am very pleased to share that Florida Governor Rick Scott has issued the Children's Vision and Learning Month proclamation. August was first declared Vision...

Bright Eyes Family Vision Care Now Featuring Tomato Eyeglasses for Kids!

  Dr. Nate's note: Don't forget we the only location in Tampa that has Tomato Glasses in stock! Come get them at the Great Glasses...

Adorable Video on Eyes, Vision, and Eye Disease

  I think we have found our primary training video for all employees! It is great. You simply MUST watch this amazing educational video about eyes,...

Bright Eyes Supports Little Strides Fitness

At Bright Eyes Family Vision Care, we love kids, community, and health. And that is why we are a big supporter of Little Strides Fitness!  Little...

Join us for Great Glasses Play Day!

The first weekend in August kicks off not only Children's Vision and Learning Month, but also the 2nd Annual Great Glasses Play Day! And we...

How Will Google Glass Affect Our Vision?

[youtube]9c6W4CCU9M4[/youtube] Ever since the first Google Glass concept video (above) was posted in in early 2012, I have been excited about the technology and it...

Questions About LASIK? Join us at FREE LASIK Consultation Day – July 18

Do you struggle with the idea of getting LASIK? Maybe you think you want to do it, but don't even know if you are a...

New Water-Gradient Contact Lenses – Alcon’s Dailies Total 1 Available at Bright Eyes!

Bright Eyes is excited about the newest daily contact lens: Dailies Total 1! Manufactured by Ciba Vision, this new lens is the first to supply...

Want to Wear Contacts? Take the Acuvue 1-Day Moist Contact Lens Challenge!

Have you always wanted to wear contacts, but never asked your eye doctor if you could? Do your glasses get in the way during sports or...

An Infographic About Amblyopia

There is a lot of discussion lately about amblyopia (AKA lazy eye), largely due to the recent news reports of adaptations of Tetris and other...

Tetris therapy for amblyopia? Yes, please.

[youtube]NmCCQxVBfyM[/youtube] A new study, about amblyopia, has been published and it is really getting attention. From CBS news to Huffington Post to CNET, everyone is covering it, probably because they get to...

Our Virtual Tour Scavenger Hunt

[field name=iframe] It is the brand new Google Virtual Tour! As you may know, a year ago we moved a few hundred feet into our new...

Eyewear Sale this Saturday!

Join us on Saturday, April 6th from 9am to 2pm for an Eyewear Show, featuring these fantastic eyeglass brands: Banana Republic, Marc by Marc Jacobs and the...

Dr. Nate Interviewed about Google Glass

If you have even a tiny interest in either technology or eyewear, then you sure have heard about Google Glass. If you aren't familiar, they are glasses...

Anniversary Eye Exam Harlem Shake

We have officially been in the new office for 1 year! Woohoo! We have greatly enjoyed the new space and patients always comment on it...

Tuesday Night Pig LASIK

On Tuesday I finally completed all of my continuing education (CE) hours required to renew my optometry license. Frequently CE classes mean sitting through a pretty tedious...

Justin Timberlake has the 20/20 Experience

We all know that having good vision and eye health is important. But not everyone realizes how cool it is to have 20/20 vision. Well,...

Congrats to our newest Vision Therapy grad!

The entire staff and I want to extend a special congratulations to DS, our newest vision therapy graduate!  She has worked very hard and has...

Welcome Jade and Tia!

Bright Eyes is very happy to introduce two new staff members! This month Jade and Tia have joined Justin, Jamie-Lee, Edna, Cristina and me behind...

50% off Full Eye Exam for Cyber Monday!

Our first Cyber Monday deal ever - today only! 50% off Full Eye Exam if scheduled on Cyber Monday! Book online here: http://www.brighteyestampa.com/make-an-appointment.html (Sorry - offer...

The Second Frame FREE Sale!

I was all set to talk about the GIANT MYSTERY EYE that washed up near here, captivating nearly everyone. It was going to be all...

Congrats Dr. Nate!

Dr. Nate and ICO President Arol Augsburger Being recognized for hard work doesn’t happen often, so we are very proud of Dr. Nate for his...

BRIGHT EYES CLOSING FOR ISAAC!

So....  three day weekend for the Bright Eyes staff. Since it has been announced that the schools are schools, day one of the RNC is cancelled, we'll...

August is National Children’s Vision & Learning Month

If you have tried to get an appointment recently, you may have noticed that August is a very busy month for us. And rightfully so....

Great Glasses Play Day is Almost Here!

The Great Glasses Play Day, which is being held August 5th and this upcoming week around the word!  It is not only a chance for...

Bright Eyes at the Tampa Homeschool Conference

On Saturday, July 21, Bright Eyes joined the Tampa Bay Homeschool Conference as an exhibitor, promoting children's eye exams. Dr. Nate and Cristina spoke with many concerned parents...

And the Winner is…..

KAYE BROWN! We are pleased to announce that Kaye Brown is the winner of our sunglass sale Facebook contest for FREE SUNGLASSES! Kaye, just stop...

“Not All Sunglasses Are Created Equal” Sale at Bright Eyes!

See for yourself!...

Kids Day at Oleston Chiropractic

When I heard that my friend Dr. Carrie Oleston of Oleston Chiropractic was holding an event for kids, I was intrigued. I will admit that though...

UV Alert – Are Your Eyes Protected?

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Want to Turn Your Brown Eyes Blue? You Can, But Is It Safe?

We have been so busy with the office move and several Bright Eyes events, that I haven't written about clinical eye care recently. It is...

Thank you for voting us #1

Thank you for helping us earn the title of Westchase Patch's Customer Service 2012 Champion! The online contest ran throughout March, mirroring the college basketball...

Be our Hero! Help Us Out in the Westchase Patch Poll!

Have you been following the March Madness action? Not basketball, but the Westchase Patch Reader's Choice poll for customer service! So far we have won...

Lions Eye Institute’s Roar Through Ybor

If you love running and/or just love helping out an incredible cause, the Lions Eye Institute is having their annual Roar Through Ybor race for...

Help Us Fight Children’s Cancer

Even children get eye cancer. Twice in my career I have seen ocular cancer. One was a case of choroidal melonoma in an adult.  One...

Join Us at our Grand Opening – March 7th!

[youtube]v9f7yhieRc0[/youtube] We've been hinting at it for months and it is finally here! The brand-new Bright Eyes Family Vision Care, or as I like to...

We Welcome Maui Jim with a BOGO FREE Sale!

We live in Florida and protection from the sun is essential. That is why I recommend quality UV-blocking sunglasses for every patient, young and old....

TOP 10 THINGS YOU WILL LOVE ABOUT OUR NEW OFFICE!

As many of you (hopefully) know, we are in the process of moving Bright Eyes across the parking lot. Instead of facing Montague St, we...

Free tickets to Tampa Improv!

Wow, with all the stress and confusion from moving our office to a BIGGER and BETTER location (here's the skinny, more on that later!) the...

Glaucoma Awareness Month

January is officially Glaucoma Awareness Month. Educating ourselves on what glaucoma is and how it affects vision is the first step in preventing vision loss...

Dr. Oleston is having a COW!

Happy Friday everyone! Just a quick note to share that my friend Dr. Carrie Oleston of Oleston Chiropractic is holding a Chiropractic and Acupuncture Opportunity Week at her...

Simple Gifts For a Wonderful New Year

For the holiday season I thought I'd share this timely eye and vision gift list, written by my friend and colleague, Dr. K.W. Scarbrough. She...

12 Days of Christmas Give-away!

[youtube]mDswbHSwxGM[/youtube] That is right, we are celebrating the holidays by giving away 12 bottles of Intensity Academy hot sauce!  Entering to win is easy! Just...

Cooper Vision Contact Lens Recall

We just wanted to spread the word about a recall issued recently by Cooper Vision. The affected lenses appear to be limited to the Avaira...

We’ll Be On WFLA & WUSF Today at 5:30pm!

Holy moly! Lots of news coverage today about Bright Eyes Family Vision Care and emPower, the new electronic eyewear. Check it out: This morning  TBO.com...

End of Year Benefits

Also, If you still have vision benefits with your employer’s vision plan such as: Vision Service Plan- (VSP) CompBenefits- (VCP, HumanaVision) Eyemed SuperiorVision others Your...

Bright Eyes Family Vision Care is Moving!

For the announcement you've all been waiting for.... Bright Eyes is Moving! (but not far!) In January 2012, Bright Eyes will be moving around the...

Happy Veteran’s Day!

We want to thank and remember all of our nation's veterans today. Thanks to my dad, cousin, uncle, grandfathers, great uncles and others who have...

Bright Eyes Family Vision Care is now on Google+

I've been using Google+ for a few months now, and I must say.... I like it. I like the ease of organization, I like the...

What happens if you don’t take care of your contact lenses???

My friend and occasional collaborator, Jessica Barnett asked me a question on Twitter the other day: "Random thought.. Do you have any blogs about the dangers of...

Dr. Nate’s TV News Segment About Children’s Vision and VSP’s EyePledge program

It is not everyday that a television news crew comes to Bright Eyes, so when we were given the opportunity we were very excited. We got...

Chocolate Eyeballs are back!

Halloween is right around the corner and that means the chocolate eyeballs are back once again! It has become a Bright Eyes tradition and patients...

Informational Videos about Glaucoma and Cataracts

When I talk to people about their eye health, I always ask about eye conditions and diseases that run in their family. It is important...

EmPower is now at Bright Eyes!

[youtube]bEVUo6XcmpI[/youtube] It’s finally here! We’ve been waiting impatiently here at Bright Eyes for these revolutionary glasses to arrive and we are very excited! We are...

Neat Infographic About the History of Glasses

We found this infographic on the history of glass on The Optical Vision Site recently. Check it out. It's cool!...

Back to School checklist: Eye Exam

Although this article by the American Optometric Association was released in 2009, its message is still pertinent and important, especially during this time of the...

Mashable’s Great New Computer Vision Syndome Infographic

If you spend a lot of time on the internet, then you probably are familiar with Mashable. It is pretty much the leading website covering...

Social Media Night at The Dali Museum!

Ooohh.... This is going to be GREAT. Join me and my family at the Dali Museum for a the more surreal meetup ever! 🙂 They've...

Help us out with Google Places change!

As you know, we at Bright Eyes always try to stay as current online as we are in person. This has been reflected in our...

Join COVD’s “Visions of Hope” Vision Therapy Video Contest.

At Bright Eyes Family Vision Care we love it when patients share their successes with us. Many times and they simply tell us when they...

New EyeFiles Video on How Computer Use Can Affect Children’s Vision

Have you ever flown on an airplane? While watching the luggage come and go, you’ve probably noticed that all of the workers have large earmuffs...

Keep Your Eye on the Ball

Photo by Jeremy Bronson Most people, especially us in Florida, are at a constant battle with glare from the sun. Some feel that they struggle...

Yelp is Official in Tampa!

At Bright Eyes we try to stay ahead of the game when it comes to social media. We've had the blog for about 4 years...

Get Your Shades On With Our Sunglass Sale!

You may not have realized it but July is UV Safety Month. And Bright Eyes is celebrating by offering a discount on all of our...

Optometric Business Innovators of 2011

Recently I was surprised and delighted to learn that I was selected by VisionMonday and Review of Optometric Business as one of the 20 “Doc...

Looking in the Mirror

Well, summer is officially here and the sun isn’t letting up. Most of our patients are already aware of the necessity of sunglasses for comfort...

New Sports Vision Video with NBA Star Tyreke Evans and VSP

[youtube]7BRZkM205Ck[/youtube] This new video from VSP is great! Not only is it pretty fun and entertaining, but it also makes a great point about the...

Vision Therapy Is Amazing!

We have had an amazing few weeks at Bright Eyes Family Vision Care in the Vision Therapy department and I just want to share! There...

AOA School Readiness Summit: Focus on Vision

The American Optometric Association recently held a School Readiness Summit: Focus on Vision in which doctors, nurses, educators and advocates for children’s health gathered to...

Our Ugly Glasses Contest Winners!!!

We have had a great time with our UGLY GLASSES contest. There were some great entries and a lot of people got a kick out...

Our New Welcome Prezi!

What do you think?...

Biofinity Blowout Bonanza!

UPDATE: We are extending this to the entire week of June 6 - 10th! Do you wear Biofinity/Aquaclear brand contact lenses from Cooper Vision? If...

Why Do We Love Westchase?

I found this video posted on the Westchase Area Business Association Facebook page. It really shows what is so fantastic about the Tampa neighborhood called...

Johnny Depp Can’t See 3D Movies – Maybe He Should See an Optometrist

It's true! According to several recent entertainment stories such as this one from Engadget,  Johnny Depp is unable to see the 3-D effects in the...

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...

Think Your Old Glasses Were Ugly Enough to Win You Some Brand New Ones??

Friday Update: [youtube]rVsqLkbjeGo[/youtube] At Bright Eyes, we know that contests are fun. So is looking through old family photos poking fun at your hideous glasses....

Foursquare Day and the Press Conference with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn

(click to watch video) I can certainly say that it is has been a remarkable journey. If you are not familiar, Foursquare Day started a...

AOA’s Statement about 3D vision

[youtube]2fMiH6iHc2Q[/youtube] The American Optometric Association, explains why 3D technology such as 3D movies and the Nintendo 3DS can detect important vision problems in this short...

Tampa Mayor Buckhorn and others to Celebrate Foursquare Day

Wow, what a crazy few days. I'm in Houston, TX for an optometry meeting and Foursquare Day got a nice write up in The Tampa...

Major Discount for New Yelp Patients!

We love new patients! We love Yelp! We have a huge offer for Yelpers new to the practice! $50 discount on any purchase or service!...

Tampa Bay Lightning Goalie Dwayne Roloson Trains His Eyes

Recently the Star Tribune of Minneapolis-St.Paul ran a story on Tampa Bay Lightning goalie, Dwayne Roloson. Part of the story explains how he uses sports-vision,...

Foursquare Day Sale at Bright Eyes!

It is that time of year again..... yes, my friends, April 15th, tax day.  Yay! But even better, the day after that is FOURSQUARE DAY!...

An Optometrist’s Review of the Nintendo 3DS

For months, I’ve been reading, writing, and speaking about the Nintendo 3DS, all without actually seeing or using it. I was finally able to change...

World of Westchase Seeking Kid Artists!

We know that many of our younger patients are talented artists. We see them drawing and coloring in waiting area and see the creations that...

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! $25 Discount for patients wearing green! Today only! Stop in for more details! Awesome bear photo via: http://www.flickr.com/photos/26011776@N04/4402604450/...

Questions and Answers about Video Games and Vision

I was originally asked these questions by email for an interview about video games and vision.  I was excited because there are a lot of...

Vision Therapy Video

This video is the first in a series by my friend and mentor, optometrist Dr. John Abbondanza, about vision therapy: [youtube]Jac47_OUdlw[/youtube] Be Well! Nathan Bonilla-Warford,...

Join us For the Lightec Eyewear show!

[youtube]1kI2URGjo7s[/youtube] You are invited to Bright Eyes Family Vision Care’s February Eyewear Show Saturday, February 12 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring Lightec Eyewear by...

What is so special about Lightec eyewear?

Here at Bright Eyes, we are proud to offer unique, high-quality eyewear. We are excited to announce that  Lightec is our newest line of frames....

Bright Eyes Holiday Party at Burger 21

Because things are just too hectic in December, we always take the staff out for a holiday party and gift exchange  sometime during mid-January.  We...

Glaucoma, the Silent Thief of Sight

It can come with no warning and no noticeable symptoms. It is the second most common cause of blindness in the United States. "IT" is...

Bright Eyes to Host WABA Meeting!

[youtube]9zVbivztNQg[/youtube] Are you a business owner in Westchase or the surrounding area? Are you looking for an opportunity to meet and network with other Westchasers?...

Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions for Computer Vision Syndrome

If 2010 has taught me anything, it is that our lives are becoming increasingly digital. Not only is more of our work performed on computers...

New Look, Same Great Taste!

As 2010 comes to a close, I am very excited to announce the revamp of both http://BrightEyesTampa.com and this blog. A huge thanks goes out...

A Warning about the Nintendo 3DS and Childrens Vision

Today there has been a lot of discussion about an unreleased hand-gaming system cleverly called the the Nintendo 3DS. The system is similar to the...

Patient Spotlight: Jon and Robotics

When I was in middle school, I built a calculator with the help of my grandfather. There was no kit, but I had to figure...

AOL Story about a Child’s Vision and Learning Success

More and more regularly there are stories in the local and national media about vision therapy. This is great because not everyone is aware that...

WABA and Dr. Nate Featured in the new Westchase Patch!

At Bright Eyes Family Vision Care, we’re excited always about a new development in the Westchase community. This past week, Westchase Patch was launched. It...

Congrats to the Tiffany and Co. contest winners!

Thanks to all who entered our December Tiffany and Co. sunglass contest! It was fun and everyone had a great time trying on all the...

TEDx Talk on Community and Social Media

UPDATE: It seems the video has been made private. I have no idea why. I'll contact TED and see if I can find out. -Dr....

Mark Regen Interviews Dr. Nate about Social Media

Yesterday, self-described online marketing fanatic Mark Regan interviewed Dr. Nate about social media. Here is the opening: In this week’s interview of Online Marketing experts...

Acupuncture for Amblyopia (Lazy eye)?

A recent study came out yesterday that has a lot of people talking. Acupuncture may be as effective in treating amblyopia (lazy eye) as patching....

Happy Holidays from Bright Eyes

Greetings everyone! It has been an incredible year here at Bright Eyes! We want to thank all of you for being our patients. We would...

FSA – Use or Lose It.

Don't forget!! Many vision insurance plans and flexible spending accounts(FSAs) expire at the end of the year.  Expenses for eye exams, contacts lenses and prescription...

Interview with Robin & Jillian about “Jillian’s Story” and Vision Therapy

When a book comes out that helps people understand vision and vision therapy I write about it so my patients can find out about it....

Dr. Nate Writes Computer Vision Syndrome Article for Mashable

At Bright Eyes, many of our patients spend a lot of time at the computer. We try to educate these patients about Computer Vision Syndrome...

Holiday Tiffany and Co. Giveaway!

The Christmas decorations are up and the music is full of cheer! And since the holidays are a season a of giving, we are giving...

We love LocalShops1 !!

We love Localshops1!! Not only did LS1Girl grace our presence recently, but today we were named the Ls1 Member of the Day! Check it out...

Celebrate Veterans Day

Via Matt Morgan /Flickr On Saturday, we will celebrate my grandfather's 90th birthday. He is one of the most amazing people I know. Although he...

Dr. Nate to Speak about Social Media at TEDx

Wow! What a busy month! On Thursday, October 7, I had the honor of speaking at the First Annual Click Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada....

Letter from Mom about How Vision Therapy Helped Her Son with School

I recently received this email from a mother of a boy who graduated from vision therapy this summer. Like many of our patients, he is...

Fall Colors for the Color Blind?

This is a guest post by Dr. K. W. Scarbrough, an optometrist who practices in Woodinville, WA. You can find more about her at Eagle...

Patient Spotlight: Mark Regan

I first became aware of Mark when he checked in to Bright Eyes on foursquare. In fact, as he held down the mayorship for about...

Girl’s Life Saved Due to Facebook Photo

This is a great example of how the tools of social media can have very significant real-world positive effects. Retinoblastoma is a very serious eye...

Introducing the New $99 Sale – Frames and Lenses!

There are many great changes coming to the optical showroom at Bright Eyes! We are getting in some new exciting frames and need to make...

What I Learned at Barcamp…a Social Media Internet Marketing Grass Roots Organization

This is a guest post from Rae Catanese. I first met her at the American Optometrist Association meeting in Orlando. She was doing an excellent...

How to Clean Your Contacts (Video)

[youtube]wNOJ6RM-tts[/youtube] If you wear contact lenses, you must keep your contacts clean to keep your eyes healthy. This short video shows you how. If you...

Patient Spotlight: Joe Bergeron & Solipskier iPhone App

We haven't had a patient spotlight in awhile, so I am excited about this. After Joe Bergeron's recent eye exam, he and I were chatting...

Paraoptometric Recognition Week

Justin and Sandy showing off their new Starbucks gift cards One of the most common complements I get from patients at Bright Eyes is about...

VSP’s Ask an Eye Docotor: Live Q and A about Computer Vision Syndrome

With American workers now spending over 858 million hours a day using digital devices and kids consuming electronic media up to 7.5 hours a day,...

The Science Behind Amblyopia Treatment

You may have a friend or family member who has had or is currently undergoing treatment for amblyopia. Even if you don't know anyone with...

Join Me at BarCamp Tampa Bay!

One morning last year, while working on a post for this blog, my friend Cate Colgan called me and asked if I was going to...

The Optometrist Song Video

[youtube]GV68ChuyZlM[/youtube] Fun Video! Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD Bright Eyes Family Vision Care Located in the Westchase area of Tampa....

You Now Can Check In at Bright Eyes Tampa with Facebook Places and Save Money!

You love Bright Eyes, right? And you may be one of the half a billion (yes, with a "B") people who have a Facebook account....

Foursquare Day at South by Southwest? Yes!

[youtube]rfoXqcZMZh4[/youtube] (Click here to see the Thank You video in YouTube.) You may remember the hoopla around April 16th, otherwise known as Foursquare Day. Well,...

The BESA Goes to Sandy!

Congrats to Sandy! Every week during out staff meeting we hand out the BESA, which stands for "Bright Eyes Spirit Award." We have an awesome...

Computer Vision Syndrome in The Wall Street Journal

If you're like me or countless others who work at a computer for many hours a day, you'd be interested to learn that there is...

St. Pete needs a children’s book store!

Last weekend I attended the Localshops1.com 2nd Birthday party and awards ceremony. It was held at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa and featured an...

August is National Children’s Vision and Learning Month

Millions of children are heading back to their classrooms without the visual skills required to succeed in school.  One of the reasons for this is...

Bright Eyes Goes ‘Bowling for Dreams!’

Did you know that Bright Eyes has a passion for bowling? Well, we don't. But we do have a passion for community involvement, especially when...

Dr. Nate’s “Workplace Vision” guest post for VSP Blog

Many of our patients have VSP as their primary vision plan. VSP is the largest and most influential of the vision plans and for the...

“See Beyond the Screen” Video

[youtube]lTb1Zyk-LtQ[/youtube] This is a new video that the folks at VSP produced about the massive amount of time we spend on computers and electronic devices...

Donna wins FREE Linea Roma sunglasses!

[youtube]2Ri_5sUoEvU[/youtube] Donna, the winner of the summer sunglass contest, came in and picked out some fabulous, FREE Linea Roma sunglasses today! She was also our...

Our 2010 LocalShops1.com Finalist Answers

We at Bright Eyes Family Vision Care are thankful and humbled to have been nominated for the 2010 LocalShops1.com Best at grassroots marketing category. It...

Circle Lens Statement by the American Optometric Association

Although anime  or "Circle Lenses" have been around for a while, thanks to Lady Gaga they are surging in popularity right now. But remember that...

FREE Sunglasses Contest & Summer Sale

 Boy, the Social Media Day Meetup last night at Tampa Bay Brewing Company was great. Tampa really rocked it last night like I knew...

Ask Dr. Nate: Is Vision Therapy an Option at My Age?

I am a 36 year old male and have struggled with mild to moderate amblyopia most of my life. I am able to fuse close...

Social Media Day in Tampa!

UPDATE: Bright Eyes is happy to be giving away two $100 gift certificates at the Social Media Day Meetup! It is the least we can...

CooperVision Gear Up Grants

At Bright Eyes, we try to stay current in the opportunities given to our patients. As contact lens companies go, it's usually in the form...

Dr. Nate, A Social Media Visionary, Featured in June Issue of World of Westchase

If you take a look at the June issue of World of Westchase, on page 22, you'll find a feature story on Dr. Nate. The...

Buy Virtual Shares of Bright Eyes with Empire Avenue

As patients of Bright Eyes Family Vision Care know, I am interested in new and interesting ways to connect. For example, I was one of...

Patient Spotlight: Paul Roberts from Max Velocity Racing

Not every patient  is featured on the patient spotlight. But sometimes during an exam, I will find out something about a patient that I think...

Bright Eyes Goes to the FPEA (Homeschool) Convention

I just got back from a trip to Orlando for the annual Florida Parent Educators Association (FPEA) Convention and it was great! If you are...

Vodka Eyeballing – DO NOT DO THIS!

We all know that sometimes smart people do dumb things. This can be especially true for college students who have a lot of time and new-found...

Optometrists are made, not born

This video is EXACTLY the way I remember optometry school in Chicago. [youtube]YdmqlnSzXag[/youtube] Check to watch on Youtube See Well! Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD Bright Eyes...

Vision and Eye Care Bloglist

Last night I  gave a talk to optometrists about how social media can be used market their practices. It was a small group that was...

Bright Eyes Baby Day – May 8, 2010

Join Bright Eyes on Saturday, May 8 for Baby Day! Featuring: No-cost InfantSEE®eye assessment for your baby! Baby Tweetup! Free Baby Sunglasses Awesome Giveaways A...

5 Tips for Eye-Healthy Nutrition

This is a guest post by Dr. Hilla Abel, the Cheftometrist. Most people would agree that vision is a precious sense, and maybe even one...

Dr. Nate will be on Fox 13 today!

Hi all! This is just a quick note. You may know that I was recently featured in the St. Pete Times.  You can read it...

Foursquare Day: The First Global Social Media Holiday

Note to regular Bright Eyes News readers: I know that the subject of social media and Foursquare Day is a significant departure from the usual...

Guest Post: Your Child’s First Glasses

Today we have a guest post from a friend of mine,  Dr. Janet Carter. I've known her online since I was in optometry school and...

Foiled again!

So not only did my staff call in sick today but they also did this: April Fools! This is the cleanest my desk has been...

Foursquare Day Only – Save 50% on Glasses

Here at Bright Eyes, we are very supportive of Foursquare. We think it is -  not literally  - the cat's pajamas. So after a lot...

Ask Dr. Nate: Strabismus at 55

Question via a email: I’ve had strabismus all of my life. However, I am now soon-to-be 55 years of age, and the strabismus is becoming...

Celebrate Foursquare Day on April 16!

UPDATE! After some good work by @redheadjessica: #4sqday is official!   ~~~~~~~~ Foursquare has gotten some good press recently, thanks in part to SXSW. I...

Macular Degeneration: What You Should Know

Today we have a guest post from Randall V. Wong, M.D. He is an ophthalmologist who specializes in retinal disorders.  He created both A Retina...

Special Offer for Text Users!

If you have signed up for our special text messaging offers, stay tuned today for a text telling you how you can receive up to...

Vision Therapy Covered in New York Times Magazine

Yesterday, the New York Times Magazine published a lengthy article online about vision therapy (VT). It presents some very compelling cases of patients who have...

The New Tampa YMCA Spin-a-thon

At Bright Eyes, we believe in strong relationships with the community. In addition to providing eye care for those in need, we have been longstanding...

And the Coach winners are……….

Thank you so much to all those who entered our FREE Coach contest! It was very fun. We had so many great entries via text,...

Rockin’ 2010 With Dr. Nate!

Today, I was fortunate enough to featured by the wonderfully talented Kim Randall on her Not Just Another Blog. Throughout the year she is running...

Vision Therapy Online Resources

To help educate patients and parents about visual problems and treatments, we have been giving out online references for the last few years. Well, I...

Spread the word!

Note - There are lots of great bloggers in Tampa and we're going to begin showcasing their talents with periodic guest posts. This is a...

What the Social Media World is Saying About Bright Eyes & Dr. Nate

I hope no one minds if I take a quick moment to highlight some of the things have have been written about me and Bright...

A Vision Therapy Story – From a Mother’s Point of View

This is an Guest Post by  Stephanie  Leary, who is training to be a Vision Therapist. Although her story is long, I encourage you to...

Can Tampa Handle our HUGE Coach Give-Away !?!

This year it will be three years that we've had this blog up and running and we've had over 50,000 page views.  And to celebrate...

Justin Schoonover, CPO

When asked by the doctor to write a blog post about passing the Paraoptometric examination and becoming certified, I procrastinated thinking he would forget about...

So Who’s Going to Social Fresh With Me?

Just a brief note. If you live in the Tampa Bay area are interested in social media, check out Social Fresh. On January February 8th,...

Toddlers CAN use contacts (video)

While certainly most young children do not need to use contact lenses, a few do. When I tell people this, they usually think it is...

Take the Bright Eyes 1-Minute Survey!

Dear patients, We at Bright Eyes want to be the best we can possibly be. Not only because a job well done feels good, but...

Dr. B. Recognized by Hillsborough Society of Optometry

At the recent Hillsborough Society of Optometry meeting held at Ocean Prime at International Plaza, Dr. B. was presented with token of appreciation for his...

See It. Say It. Do It! Interview with Dr. Hellerstein

The last new book that really got me excited was Susan Barry's, "Fixing My Gaze." It is a unique book about how and why vision...

Bright Eyes News listed on Technorati (again)

Bright Eyes News is BACK on Technorati! A long time ago it, was listed, then it was dropped. Now there are so many blogs that...

Do you have “Computer Vision Syndrome”?

Are your eyes tired after working on the computer for several hours? Do you get an “afternoon headache” during the week? Do you feel that...

“THE vision care expert among the Tampa Bay social media world”

This is cool! Localshops1.com has featured me on the very popular "Sticks of Fire" blog, in a piece called, "Bright Eyes See Social Media Work": Nathan...

Stereo Blind…when you can’t see Avatar in 3-D means more than missing out on a good movie

Note: This is our first guest post. It was written by Dr. Dan L. Fortenbacher, an optometrist who practices in Michigan. Not only is he...

We’ve hit 50,000!

Just a brief note of celebration to say that this blog has now seen over 50,000 page views! Thanks all who read and hopefully pass...

Top 10 New Years Resolutions to Save Money on Eyecare (Without Sacrificing Quality)

Welcome to 2010, everyone!  I hope you are enjoying the start of a brand-new decade. Readers of this blog know that it is a Bright...

A New Book – See It. Say It. Do It.

“If you imagine it, you can achieve it.  If you dream it, you can become it.”- William Arthur Ward How many times have we seen...

New Federal Recognition and Funding for InfantSEE® Program

I received an email today from the American Optometric Association: President Barack Obama signed into law a measure that provides nearly $600,000 in new federal...

Bright Eye Holiday Hours

Just an FYI that we will be closed during parts of the holiday season to spend time with our families. Our Holiday Hours: Thurs, Dec...

How Our Patients Can Support Bright Eyes

Our patients are awesome. Very awesome. I love to work with them. We have had many patients who are so happy with our service and...

Myopia in the News: A Huge Increase in the US and What Can Be Done

My colleagues and I think and talk about myopia (nearsightedness) every day. We talk about the drawbacks (and rewards) of being myopic. We talk about...

Ficklets: a GREAT stocking stuffer for kids with glasses!

As our Twitter followers know, Ficklets are here at Bright Eyes! Ficklets are very cute charms that can be worn on glasses. They come in...

A Little Info on Pink Eye

Yes, it is that time again. Cold and flu season and that often means "pink eye" AKA conjunctivitis. Here is a little video I found...

Bright Eyes Sunglasses Mentioned in LocalShops1 Magazine Gift Guide

In the Fall Issue of the of LocalShops1.com magazine, Bright Eyes is mentioned in the Cover Feature "12 Great Finds at Local Shops". On page...

Patient Spotlight: Doula Stefany Mills

It is time again for another Bright Eyes Patient Spotlight. Although I enjoy all of our Spotlights, this a more personal one for me because...

A Moving Video about Retinoblastoma, Passion, and Football.

[youtube]dX0ovhkgR7s[/youtube] Retinoblastoma can be devastating, even fatal. This is an amazing story about one very brave boy, Jake Olson. Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD Bright Eyes Family...

The Takumi Eyewear Show and Sale, Saturday, December 12th

Join us on December 12th, 2009 for the annual December Eyewear show! This year we will be featuring one of our best-selling line of designer...

Announcing the Bright Eyes Holiday Second Pair Sale!

Holidays are here at Bright Eyes!  We have started our Christmas play-list and began decorating the office. And we are happy to announce the Bright...

Happy Thanksgiving from Bright Eyes!

To all of the friends and patients of Bright Eyes Family Vision Care, Happy Thanksgiving! The office will be closed this weekend as we spend...

St. Pete Times Interviews Dr. B. about Westchase Business Association

I had this post ready to go a while back and then forgot to post it. It is a little late, but still relevant. I...

Foursquare Fans, Check In at Bright Eyes !

I have been waiting for this day for some time. And I am so excited, I'm going to use a large heading: FOURSQUARE HAS COME...

The Recent Orthokeratology Meeting in Phoenix, AZ

Unfortunately, due to the birth of Javier this October, I wasn't able to make it to one of my favorite meetings: the annual meeting and...

Would you like free Tiffany & Co., Bvlgari, or Coach ?

Good news! We will be doing another contest this winter. We will be giving away a pair of glasses/sunglasses. We had a ball giving away...

“Fixing My Gaze” One of Amazon’s Top 10 Science Books for 2009

I've been a big fan of Susan Barry ever since I first read about her in The New Yorker several years ago. I was an...

New features on the blog!

We spent part of yesterday upgrading the appearance the blog. Check out the Facebook, Twitter, and reader location widgets. If there are any other features...

Save the Date: Annual December Eyewear Show December 12, 2009

More info to come! Be Well! Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD Bright Eyes Family Vision Care Located in the Westchase area of Tampa....

Ask Dr. B: Can Visual Skills Affect Math Performance

My daughter just had academic testing done. She is in 2nd grade.  She is a great reader and has no problem writing.  Her struggle is...

My New Social Media Reading List

The other day I downloaded Chris Brogan and Julian Smith's "Trust Agents" to listen to in the car on my way to and from work....

Sight for Sore Eyes: Wine Blogger writes about Dr. B

Here at Bright Eyes, we have amazing patients that do very cool things. I am always interested in what people are doing and enjoy the...

Westchase Halloween Spooktacular

Bright Eyes is happy to join in one of West Park Village's biggest annual event: The Halloween Spooktacular We'll be here in costume starting at...

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...

Welcome Javier!

Dr. and Mrs. Bonilla-Warford are proud to announce the arrival of a bouncing baby boy, Javier Bonilla Warford. He was born on October 8th. Dr....

Please welcome the Westchase Area Business Association (WABA).

It is awesome owning a Westchase business. The people are great, the neighborhood is beautiful, and the local business owners are fantastic. All the Westchase...

Bright Eyes Will be Closed Friday 10/2 and Saturday 10/3.

We apologize for any inconvenience.  Bright Eyes Family Vision Care will be closed Friday 10/2 and Saturday 10/3. If you have any questions, you can...

Announcing the #BWBABY contest

As many of you know, my wife, Cristina, is pregnant with our son, Javier. His due date is October 6, 2009. As he is our...

Bright Eyes Patient Spotlight: Leslie Joy Ickowitz Publisher and Editor of VERTICAL Tampa Bay

I have been very pleased with the response from the Bright Eyes Patient Spotlight and my goal now is to make it a monthly feature...

Bill Nye the Science guy recommends eye exams before school.

It isn't too late to late to get the back to school exams in. If you have a family eye doctor, schedule an appointment with...

Introducing Linea Roma

Justin Schoonover, the Production Manager at Bright Eyes will be contributing some entries to Bright Eyes News. This post concerns our new Feature of the...

Another great Children’s Vision Video

We've had a lot of videos lately, but this is what happens during back to National Children's Vision and Learning month. More on that later....

Bright Eyes Patient Spotlight: Randi

For our next  Patient Spotlight, I talked with Randi. She has been a patient since the very beginning of Bright Eyes. Every time I talk...

New Video about Vision Therapy

This video features optometrist Julie Ryan and shows vision therapy in action. [youtube]MWKWNPdxpyk[/youtube] Thanks to Maino's Memos for the find. Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD Bright Eyes...

Contact Lens Safety

There is a framed poster that hangs in the exam room with pictures of some of the different kinds of things that can go wrong...

Tampa Optometrist discusses Orthokeratology in Fox 13 News Video

I am happy to note that my friend and colleague, William Stephen O.D. of St. Lucy's Vision Center was featured extensively discussing orthokeratology, also known...

American Optometric Association responds to Joint Policy Statement about children and reading

For those that follow vision therapy, you likely have read about this Joint Policy Statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Ophthalmology; American...

NIH Video on Convergence Insufficiency

This short video is a great summary of the exciting National Institute of health research about convergence insufficiency. [youtube]dAgyojExdHI[/youtube] If you suspect that a child...

Bright Eyes Patient Spotlight: Michele Northup

Here at Bright Eyes Family Vision Care, we have some very interesting patients. I am always amazed at the things that patients have going on....

Westchase Tweetup a Raging Success!

Thank you to all of the patients and friends who came out to the Westchase Tweetup! We had a great time! People from all over...

Changes to BrightEyesNews

Dear faithful BrightEyesNews readers, You may notice the blog looking a little different and behaving a little oddly for a few days. Michael Quale, a...

TASTE & SEE “TASTECASTING” EVENT TO HELP SAVE THE TORTILLAS

I love to support both Tampa businesses and social media. And I love food. So when I found out about TasteCasting, I jumped at the...

Justin Completes First Triathlon

Congratulations to Justin, the Bright Eyes Production Manager. He recently completed his first ever triathlon. Justin should be very proud that he finished the swim,...

What Kind of music for the Westchase Tweetup?

OK, we preparing now for the fantastic Westchase Tweetup!! On tap we will have: Wine Tasting by Ruffino wine Tasty appetizers by Savory Times /...

Question for Tampa Kids: What Books do You Love?

As far as I am concerned, the coolest thing a kid can be spotted with is a book. It doesn't really matter if it is...

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...

TampaBLAB Now Lists BrightEyesNews!

BrightEyesNews has finally made it! We are syndicated! In Tampa! Yes, that is correct. Your favorite Vision Blogger is now listed on TampaBLAB. What is...

Very Cool Educational Video On Orthokeratology

I was scanning the web the other day doing some research on orthokeratology and I found this video. It was made by my friend and...

Come to the Westchase Tweet Up!

Have you ever wanted to attend a Tweetup? Maybe you've read about it, but weren't sure what it was all about. Well here is you...

Tampa: Hide your eyes — from harmful rays

In Florida in the summer, this message cannot be stated enough: WEAR YOUR SUNGLASSES! The Miami Herald reported that, according to Tim Murray, MD, of...

Calling All Tampa Facebook users: Bright Eyes needs more fans

In order to get a nice-short vanity URL for Facebook, the Bright Eyes page needs more fans. If you are on Facebook go to our...

Computer Vision Syndrome in the News

A friend and colleague, optometrist Jeffrey Anshel, appeared on television yesterday to discuss Computer Vision Syndrome. It is a little light-hearted reminder to pay attention...

Interview with Susan Barry, author of “Fixing My Gaze”

As readers of this blog and those that follow us on Twitter know, there is an exciting book was recently been published about a woman...

Patient Poll: Toys for the Kids!

Bright Eyes is happy to announce that we are 95% finished with the the new kids waiting area. You can get sneak peak  by checking...

Dr. B’s Recent Interview about Twitter

This time, I was the subject. The interview lead goes like this: If you think you've read everything you need to know about social media,...

Elbow Distance and Why it Matters

There can be no doubt that all of us, especially children, are doing hand held work more frequently and more intently than ever before.  ...

Tampa: Win a FREE pair of Tiffany & Co. sunglasses !!

OK, the "Fixing My Gaze" was a great warm up contest. Very fun. Congrats to @ParkSlopeEye, who won the book. Now.... on to the big  summer...

Wearing Contact Lenses Past Their Prime

This is a battle that optometrists face daily. Sometimes it seems as if every patient poses this challenge: Over-wearing  of contacts lenses. According a recent...

“Fixing My Gaze” FREE BOOK contest !!

Because I was so lucky to win a book in a twitter contest that Tampa's own @Steamykitchen held today, I am going to hold my...

Have a great photo showing an eye turn?

Dear Readers, I have been been asked by COVD to help find submissions for  a cover picture for their internationally-read vision science journal, Optometry and...

Contact lenses coated in stem cells may restore sight to patients with corneal disease

This is very exciting news. It is one of those stories that is so beautiful in its utter simplicity. Researchers from Australia's University of New...

James’ Vision Therapy Story

Note: Earlier on, I posted my own vision therapy story. The story below is shared by the Vision Therapist at Bright Eyes, Edna Moore. It...

New Online Features Translate Vision Science to Everyday Life

From National Eye Institute Press Release - May 18, 2009 National Eye Institute Celebrates Healthy Vision Month Nearly 14 million Americans experience vision problems, ranging...

Why Do We Need Yearly Contact Lens Exams?

My colleague and fellow blogger,  Dr. Shaune Wallace, addresses the question: Why do we need yearly contact lens exams? The whole article is worth reading,...

Patients undergoing cataract surgery can now choose from wide range of replacement lenses

It used to be that when people had cataracts, they waited until they were almost blind before getting surgery. When they could no longer do...

Bright Eyes is Now on Twitter!

I like new technology, especially information technology.  Bright Eyes isn't the only eyecare facility in Tampa Bay that has a Facebook account, but we were...

Michigan Governor Declares this week InfantSEE week.

Like many Optometrists, I provide visual care to infants. I support the effort in Michigan to get the word out about this important program "(Dr....

Nora is 2 today! Happy Birthday, Nora!

Nora Celebrating Nora's 2nd birthday. Taking some time off from work!...

Study: Mediterranean Diet May Boost Eye Health

I have been telling my patients for quite some time that omega-3 fatty acids are good for the eyes. These essential fatty acids can help...

Welcome Edna!

I am pleased to announce that Edna Moore is the new Vision Therapist at Bright Eyes. She and her husband are originally from Memphis, TN,...

And Another Amblyopia Cartoon

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

Cartoon for a Friday

Credit goes to Guess and Check and Adventures and Amblyopia for posting this for me to find. Be Well and have a great weekend! Nathan...

Interview with VT Blogger Heather Fitzpatrick

Not too long ago, I posted a link to a new blog that I had found called ONE EYED GIRL - My Life With Strabismus....

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...

Tampa Coach Eyewear Show – Saturday, May 9th

Get ready for the most exciting Bright Eyes event of the year! We will have a Coach representative on-site.  All Coach frames, in every style...

70% of Contact Lens Cases are Contaminated

This is why I tell my patients to throw away their contact lenses cases every two or three months. And if it is hard to...

True or False: A Teacher’s Story

A quick link to sweet story that I spied on LittleFourEyes. It is written by Pat Fortunato. True or False: A Teacher's Story This is...

Ask Dr. B: Will Contacts Help Duane Syndrome?

My son has Duane Syndrome and the doctor today said that he has to wear contact lenses as he is not cooperating to wear glasses...

Specs4us are here!

OK, Tampa Bay. Just a brief note to say that we finally have the Specs4us frames in stock, in a variety of models and colors....

The Top Twenty Posts

Looking back since I have started this blog has been interesting. I have met some other interesting Tampa Bloggers and picked up some hints. One...

Vision Therapy Blogger: Seeing in 3D is “Pure Joy”

I stumbled upon another new vision therapy blog today. Like Pam, Heather is a talented writer who is sharing her "Stereo Sue" type of experience...

Easy ways to protect your eyes from CNN Health

"Vision problems creep up on you as you age. But good habits -- not unlike the ones you've already established to protect your heart, bones,...

Little Four Eyes Writes about First Glasses

Little Four Eyes is one of my favorite blogs. It is well written, now has some snappy illustrations, and is very helpful for parents who...

Video on Infant Visual Scientific Research

OK, so this video is from the last century. Specifically 1999. But although it is not cutting edge, the first segment does a great job...

Bright Eyes on Tampa Yelp!

An Optometrist friend of mine turned me onto Yelp. It is a website were people can write up reviews of the places that they frequent...

Summary of Recent Research in Vision Therapy

This is long, but worth looking at. This list of recent scientific support of vision therapy was compiled by my mentor, friend, and colleague, Dr....

Eye Yoga as Taught by Paul McCartney

Remember this post on Eye Yoga? I put it on the blog, because I think that it is so important that I start every therapy...

Common Children’s Eye Care Question

This eye doctor makes some extremely valid points about children's eyeglasses and how and why we prescribe them. I am glad that he took the...

Video on how contact lenses are made

[youtube]AXRGRyqSRao[/youtube] Since about half of my patients wear contact lenses, I thought this video from the Discovery Channel would be interesting to some. Be Well!...

Get ready for Super Bowl 3D Ads

On Super Bowl Sunday you will miss the special effects in the "Monstrous 3D" commercial if you don't have 3D vision. The College of Optometrists...

Random Collection of Cool Links

Interesting info from around the web: 101 year old comments on vision therapy Feline Contact Lenses Blinkers! Galileo may get eyes checked posthumously Explanation of...

Sports Vision and Larry Fitzgerald

I'll be the first to admit, I don't read the sports page.  In fact, I didn't realize that Tampa is home to the 2009 Super...

Cold in Tampa !!

The Bright Eyes Staff had to bundle up this week! Stay warm everyone and bring the plants and pets inside at night! Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD...

Seeing Inside the Snow and Night Driving

Pamela Spiro Wagner, published poet and writer, maintains the fascinating WAGblog. She has recently been writing about her amazing discoveries as she continues a program...

Dr. B. Elected President of Hillsborough Society of Optometrists

2009 is shaping up to be an exiting year indeed! In addition to implementing some exciting changes at Bright Eyes and many projects I have...

NPR story about Amblyopia: Learning To See In Stereo

As an eye doctor who provides vision therapy to treat amblyopia and an avid NPR fan, I was heartened to hear this story in the...

Feature of the Month: Focus Dailies Daily Disposable Contacts

Sometimes patients will ask me what type of contacts I wear. The answer is Focus Dailies. There are two reasons for this. First, they are...

The Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions for Children’s Vision

It is that time of year again. Time for finishing off those holiday cookies and preparing for a happier, healthier, more prosperous new year. A...

What Would You Like to See More Of On Bright Eyes News?

[polldaddy poll=1226596] Please take a few seconds to tell me what type of information you are interested in. Thanks! Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD Bright Eyes Family...

Video – Child’s Eye Exam

Here is a cute video that I found on the Visionary Eye Care blog that shows what an eye exam is like from a child's...

Bright Eyes News Best of 2008

The end of the year is  a great time for reflection.  I am glad that Bright Eyes News has had a good year, judging by...

Interview with the Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial Lead Author

This video is an interview of Mitchell Scheiman, OD, principle investigator of the Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial (CITT). Dr. Mitchell Scheiman lead the  study that...

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

Wordpress added a new holiday feature: snow! Look around and you'll see it. Since this is about the only snow I'll see in Florida, I...

Don’t Lose Out on Needed Benefits!

Just a reminder... Many of our patients participate in Flexible Spending Plans or Vision Care Plans that will expire on December 31st, 2008. You may...

December 13th – Gucci and Kate Spade Sale

Come one, come all to the December Eyewear show, featuring Gucci and Kate Spade. It will take place during the Holiday Stroll at West Park...

Ask Dr. B: Is my son ready for contacts?

Dr. B: I love my contact lenses. Do you think my son is old enough to wear them safely? The definitive answer is: Probably. Regarding...

How Long Has it Been Since Your Last Eye Exam?

Welcome to the first Bright Eyes News poll! If this works, and is interesting, We'll have more in the future. Please take a moment to...

Holiday shopping list for vision development

The holiday season is upon us! A wonderful time of gathering and sharing. If you have little ones (or not so little ones) at home,...

Bright Eyes is now on Facebook!

That's right! Your favorite Eye and Vision Care establishment in Westchase is now on Facebook. Many of my Optometrist friends have their practices on the...

The Vision First Foundation Petition

The Vision First Foundation is an organization that was founded by Janet Hughes. I got to know her when I lived in Chicago. She has...

Bright Eyes Event: Reading Problems: The Visual Connection

Come to our next office seminar, Reading Problems: The Visual Connection. This evening event will be held at Bright Eyes and will cover how vision...

A Trick or Treat Quiz for Children’s Eye Care

Nora as a bumble-bee. I hope you all had a safe fun Halloween. Some of you know, or know about my daughter Nora. She dressed...

West Park Village: Halloween Spooktakular

On Thursday October 30th, join the businesses from 5pm to 7pm. There will be a costume contest, trick or treating, and a Haunted House at...

Mom Blogger Writes About Orthoptics

Orthoptics is a type of vision therapy. More specifically, it is a subset of the therapeutic activities that deals with alignment of the eyes. You...

New Research Gives Hope to Children with Common Reading-Related Vision Disorder

On Monday, the National Institute of Health (NIH) released a study showing that there is a more effective treatment for children who have a common...

Mapping Dinosaur Vision

This a very cool video about a scientist who studies dinosaur vision. Not only is it well done, but it explains quite a lot about...

My Interview with Ann from “Little Four Eyes”

As you may know, I like to interview people from time to time who are active and knowledgeable in vision care, especially pediatric vision. Well,...

Lions Eye Institute sees research in its future

There are many organizations that volunteer time and money to assist people who have vision problems. One very large and active group is the Lions...

Ordinary Chores Cause Half of All Eye Injuries

People often think about eye injuries related to sports and the 4th of July. And that is a good thought. But also remember that many...

Sarah Palin’s Glasses

OK, so I don't really get into politics on this blog, but since people are talking about them AND it was in USA Today.... here...

Specs 4 Us Interview with Maria Dellapina

As I posted on this site before, I have learned about a new line of frames that are specifically designed for Children with Down Syndrome....

Bright Eyes Closed Due to Tropical Storm Fay

Due to Tropical Storm Fay, Bright Eyes will Be closed Tuesday August 19th. You may contact us through this link. If you experience an eye...

Our Frame and Lens Specialist Honored

Laura I am proud to announce that one of our Frame and Lens Specialists, Laura Huffman, has been honored this summer by receiving two national...

Think eye exams are an issue of life and death?

This video is not new, but it shows some of important things that can be found during an eye exam, even if you don't think...

AUGUST IS CHILDREN’S VISION AND LEARNING MONTH

As parents ready millions of children across the US to start the new school year, COVD’s “August is Children’s Vision and Learning Month” campaign is...

Lasik eye surgery gains popularity in baseball world

I'm not much of a baseball fan, but this article in the St. Pete Times caught my eye: Lasik eye surgery gains popularity in baseball...

The Coach and Calvin Klein Sunglass Show

Summer is here and that means that it is time to protect your eyes and look good doing it! Come in on July 26 and...

Guide to a Comprehensive Eye and Vision Exam

If you ever read a summary of a comprehensive exam, you may get a little confused by all the technical vision terms. To try to...

Specs 4 Us

I have recently been made aware of a wonderful new line of eyeglasses frames called Specs 4 Us. Their Mission: To improve the sight and...

A Brief and Wonderful Note From a Patient

The other day when I was beginning the follow-up for a patient who is doing Precise Corneal Reshaping, I was handed a small Thank You...

Physician Attitude Makes a Difference

(From MyVisionTest Newsletter) A new study published in the June 2008 edition of the British Journal of Ophthalmology finds that a physician with a positive...

Parenting Magazine:Strabismus Can Be Missed During Routine Exams

In the July 2008 issue of Parenting magazine, William Sears, M.D.,  author of many books on childcare and parenting, wrote an article titled "Take Charge...

Great Info on Infant Visual Development

My Colleague Dr. Dan Fortenbacher maintains a blog called EXCELerated Vision that contains lots of great information on vision and visual development. Recently, there have...

FDA Panel Hears Recommendations on Contact Lens Solutions

From Contact Lens Today, a newsletter of Contact Lens Spectrum. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Ophthalmic Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee...

Ask Dr. Nate: Can Babies Really Use Contact Lenses?

I was just reading about babies that wear contact lenses. Is that really true? How do you know what lens to give them and how...

NBC News Video on Contact Lens Safety

Here is a brief news video about a women who lost vision and needed several eye surgeries because she got a parasite called acanthamoeba ....

CNN Story on Eyecare for Infants and Kids

A recent CNN story, found here, discusses advances in both technology and appeal of glasses, contacts, and patching for infants and kids. It has quotes...

The Scientific Basis for and Efficacy of Optometric Vision Therapy in Nonstrabismic Accommodative and Vergence Disorders

While it is not exactly light reading, this article is one of the best at concretely summarizing some of the foundations of why we offer...

Feature of the Month: Silhouette Eyewear

At Bright Eyes, we pride ourselves in offering premium products and services. Each month we will highlight a particular product or service by making it...

Measuring Eye Movements While Reading with the Visagraph III

Often parents will bring their children in for a comprehensive eye exam because they are concerned about the reading development of their child. They rightfully...

High Tech Glasses to Make Bifocals a Thing of the Past?

At last! What my patients have been asking about for years may be here soon: glasses that know when you are reading and know when...

Macular Degeneration and Sunlight Exposure

(From the MyVisionTest Newsletter) A new research study published in the May 2008 edition of the British Journal of Ophthalmology finds that lifetime exposure to...

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...

A Very Moving Story…

Thins morning I got a a very moving email from a colleague. With his permission, I have posted it here. I have not been in...

40,000 Americans Suffer Sports-Related Eye Injuries Per Year

According to a report from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, every year in the United States, about 40,000 people suffer sports-related eye injuries. Many of...

For Children: Vision Screening or Eye Exam ?

This is an absolutely must-see video for parents who have questions about why an comprehensive evaluation is important early in life. It also explains the...

Mommy Blogging About InfantSee

Recently, Johnson & Johnson held an innovative event called Camp Baby. They invited "mommy bloggers" (women who blog about their experiences raising children) for a...

Optometry in 1959

Time for a blast from the past. This home movie was taken of an open house at an Optometry office in1959. Some of the equipment...

Physical Activity and Myopia

Optometrists have long been concerned with the fact that amount of eyestrain caused by reading can cause increased nearsightedness (myopia). This is now more true than...

Wow – Eyes As Big As Soccer Balls !

This is just cool. In New Zealand they are studying a huge squid. They think it is the world's largest specimen. It has very large...

The Benefits and Risks of LASIK

I talk to people every day about refractive surgery such as LASIK. A few people are extremely interested, but almost everyone is at least curious about whether or...

2 Short Videos on Eyeglass Care

Below are two short videos on eyeglass care. I don't know who this optician is, but I'm sure that he wanted to make these videos...

Vision Problems Affect How Children Learn Math Skills

In the most recent issue of Optometry & Vision Development, the official journal of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, two articles were published...

AP:Few US doctors answer e-mails from patients

According to a recent Associated Press article, only about 30% of doctors in the US communicate with patients via email. I actually prefer to communicate...

New Video about Orthokeratology

This new 13 minute video does an excellent job of describing Precise Corneal Reshaping for patients of all ages. If you have questions about the...

Prozac Might Help Cure Amblyopia

We've known for quite some time that amblyopia can be improved in older children and adults. It may take more work, but it can be...

“Reshaping the World” in San Diego

While everyone at Bright Eyes is getting ready for the Tiffany and Co. launch party tomorrow, I won't be able to join in the fun....

Ask Dr. B: What About Multifocal RGPs?

How successful are people with multifocal RGP lenses. My doc was not too encouraging even tho I am motivated. I know the articles are favorable,sharper...

Accessorize Your Eyes, The Tiffany and Co. Party!

"Accessorize Your Eyes" Tiffany & Co. Eyewear Launch Party Saturday, April 19, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bright Eyes Family Vision Care...

I Have Astigmatism… Am I Going to Make It?

All doctors, myself included, sometimes forgot that patients don't know everything that we think they know. Sometimes we discuss common problems, but inadvertently cause the...

How To Be A SMARTER / MORE COMFORTABLE Contact Lens Wearer!!

About 30% of my patients wear contact lenses. Some are young children and some are great-grandparents. All of them want their contacts to feel comfortable...

Spring Fling on April 5th !

We love to take part in local activities, especially when it benefits a good cause. The Spring Fling is coming April 5th! The benefit is...

10 Foods to Fight Inflammation

Many health problems, of both the eyes and body, are related to excess inflammation. Inflammation can be reduced with a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise...

Study: Glasses May Help Preschoolers Learn

It may sound like common sense, but a recent study, published in the Archives of Ophthalmology, has shown that glasses can improve the skills of...

My Vision Test – A Free Modern Amsler Grid Test for Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration and other types of macular diseases are very common, particularly in older individuals. Fortunately, it is an exciting time because we are learning...

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...

Reminder: Never Look Directly at the Sun

Just a reminder. Whether looking at an eclipse for images of the Virgin Mary, or any other reason, it is dangerous to look directly at...

The Psychosocial Effects of Amblyopia

It is well known, and intuitive, that children and adults with strabismus (crossed or wandering eyes) have greater difficulty with self image and social situations...

“But Doctor, I Was Told That Contact Lenses Won’t Work for Me Because …”

Note: This is the first post in series about specialized contact lenses that we offer at Bright Eyes. Very frequently during a comprehensive exam, I...

‘Lazy Eye’ Treatment Shows Promise In Adults

The evidence continues to support what optometrists have known for years: it is possible to improve amblyopia (lazy eye) beyond childhood years. It is faster...

Impact of Computer Use on Children’s Vision

Whenever I am discussing pediatric vision problems with parents, almost inevitably the topic of computers will come up. Because, let's face it, computers are a...

Doctor My Eyes

And now for some brief, eye-related entertainment. I don't know anything about these guys, but it is fun to see music being played in an...

Vision Source!

Optometry, like all professions, has a variety of professional organizations that doctors can participate join. There are academic organizations, such as the American Academy of...

Seeing Through New Eyes

I am a sucker for books. When it comes to bookstores, my eyes are bigger than my... free time. I will buy books that are...

Patterns of Light: Migraine Auras

I have recently had several patients come in to the office who have observed bizarre changes in their vision. Typically these changes involve wavy, colorful...

Ready for a “Bionic” Contact Lens?

This new contact lens may mark the arrival of "The 6 Million Dollar Man" to eye care. For years scientists and developers have attempted to...

Why Do Some People Have Blue Eyes ?

People are fascinated by eye color. When I talk to expectant parents, it's fun to talk about the likelihood of their baby having brown, blue,...

Ask Dr. Nate: Why Does My Child Need Bifocals?

Dr. Nate., If my child has trouble seeing the board at school, why does he need reading glasses? This is a very good question. When...

Welcome Sandy!

If you stop into Bright Eyes, you may notice a couple of new faces. To accommodate a growing and changing practice, we are excited to...

What’s So Important About Doing My Home Activties

Parents and patients alike often ask why therapy homework is such an important part of my vision therapy program. The following is a brief article...

Congratulations to Laura!

Here at Bright Eyes Family Vision Care, we encourage our staff to become the best at what they do. We support them in becoming as...

You: The Smart Patient

I'll let you in on a little secret: I hate going to the doctor. From scheduling the appointment, to filling out paperwork, to waiting in...

Eye Yoga Part Three – Thumb Focusing

This is the third of three posts on Eye Yoga. You can find the first post here and second post here. Set-up: Stand up straight...

The Eye Patch Kids DVD on Local News

News Channel 8 has also covered the story of Kelly Harmsen and the "The EyePatch Kids" DVD. The USF students that produced the video came...

Ten New Year’s Resolutions for Your Eye Heath

Happy New Year! Now that the cookies have been eaten and the champagne has been toasted, many of us now turn our attention on how...

Patching Up A Problem

TBO.com recently posted a story called "Patching Up a Problem." It features the DVD ''The Eye Patch Kids" that aims to help children understand  eye...

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth 17 Pounds of Cuteness.

My daughter's name is Nora. She is, of course, adorable. And since I am an eye doctor, I have been watching with interest how her...

Infants Fine-Tune Visual, Auditory Skills In First Year

As any parent knows, it is fascinating to watch infants acquire knowledge and skills during the first year. Here is some new research that suggests...

Eye Yoga Part Two – Head Swings

This is the second of three posts on Eye Yoga. You can find the first post here. Head Swings Set-up: Stand up straight with feet...

All Children Have Different Eyes

Recently, I have discovered a wonderful new book entitled, "All Children Have Different Eyes." The story features children who have significant visual problems such as...

Tampa Bay’s News 10 Covers Vision Therapy!

An alert parent of one of my patient's emailed me the link to another news story about the potential benefits of vision therapy.  This a...

A Quest for Luke

Here is another great story about how vision problems can be overlooked in children - by parents and professionals alike. This one takes place outside...

Eye Yoga Part One – Eye Streches

This is the first of three posts. Here are links to the second and third posts. Have you ever taken a Yoga class? Yoga is...

Not Autistic or Hyperactive. Just Seeing Double at Times

I recently discovered another article about binocular vision that is worth reading. It concerns one young patient who has been suspected to have several conditions, including autism and...

Nintendo Flash Focus as Vision Therapy

If you have children who are old enough to ride a bike, then it is pretty likely that you've at least heard of the hand-held...

Simulations of Ailing Artists’ Eyes Yield New Insights on Style

For all of you into art, whether you are highly trained professionals, weekend dabblers, or "I don't know anything about art, but I know what I like"...

Chimps Do Better on Visual Memory Test Than Humans

According to this recently-released research, chimpanzees score better on certain visual memory tests than humans do. Clearly there is a lot that we do not...

Unsafe Behind the Wheel?

A recent report estimates that 11 million drivers this holiday season may be driving with uncorrected vision problems. Often, vision changes very gradually and people...

Why Do I Have a Hyphenated Last Name?

This is probably the most common non-vision-related question that I get asked. People who haven't met me sometimes think that I am a woman, due...

Do You See the (UV) Light?

Most of my patients live in Florida at least in part because the weather is sunny and pleasant. I talk to many people who grew...

Gene therapy safety trial for childhood blindness under way

People ask me from time to time if it is possible to do eye transplants. Well, we are not even close, because the nerves that...

Dear Abby Writes About Vision Therapy

No matter whether you love her, hate her, or are just plain oblivious to her, you've got to admit that when Abigail Van Buren writes...

How Comfortable is Ortho-K?

A patient recently asked me: "I read something on the internet about Ortho-k lenses being uncomfortable. Is this true? How uncomfortable are they?" Well, there...

West Park Village YMCA

While talking with patients during the beginning of each comprehensive vision exam, patients are sometimes surprised at some of the questions I ask that don't...

Eyes To The World

[youtube]5we9QUA6lt4[/youtube] This is a great short video about infant vision and shows examples of how infant eye exams are performed. It is a must see...

The Great American Teach In

I figure that if I learn only one thing every day, I'll have learned a lot each year. Well, if I learned only one thing...

“The Eyepatch Kids” DVD

As any parent of a child with amblyopia knows, getting young, active children to wear an eye patch can be an exercise in frustration. Parents...

Opticians, Optometrists, and Ophthalmologists, Oh My!

People are often confused by the eye care field and do not know the difference between the three O's: Opticians, Optometrists, and Ophthalmologists. Well, to...

Dr. Jo from Fox 13 Covers Ortho-K

Here is a recent health news story on PCR (a.k.a. Orthokeratology) by Tampa's own Dr. Jo of Fox 13. The brief segment nicely shows the benefits...

“Can I Benefit from Vision Therapy?”

From time to time, I'll talk informally with patients, either in the office, at the West Park Bagel & Deli, or elsewhere. If the conversation...

Can Precise Corneal Reshaping Treat Farsightedness/Presbyopia ?

I am interested in attending your upcoming informational seminars however, can I assume from reading the above information that an individual that is farsighted and...

InfantSEE Vision Exams in the News!

Although this news segment is from all the way across the country (California, in fact), I thought that it was a great story on the...

The Story of My Own Vision Therapy

Growing up, I always enjoyed reading. I read everything from the Hardy Boys, to Choose Your Own Adventure books, to the family's Time-Life Science series....

Ask Dr. Nate

In the spirit of making Bright Eyes News and Updates a two-way means of communication, I have created a new category called Ask Dr. Nate....

Here Comes Ortho-K!

In 2003 I completed my contact lens externship. It was a chance to see how contact lenses helped a variety of patients in different settings....

Eyedoctors Everywhere in Tampa Bay!

Two very cool things are going on in Tampa Bay during October. The first is my birthday. I will be another year older and, hopefully,...

Why I Love Vision Therapy !

Although I provide many types of vision care each and every day, vision therapy is the most rewarding to me. I love that it is...

Doctors of Optometry Applaud New Law Requiring Eye Exams for Illinois Children

You may not know it, but there is a grass-roots effort across the country to improve the vision care that children receive. Because there are...

Welcome!

Welcome to Bright Eyes Family Vision Care News & Updates! I am very excited about this new project! Most of my patients know that I...