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Bright Eyes Supports Autism Awareness

autism ribbonNot everyone realizes this, but many of the behavioral characteristics of the autistic population involve the visual system. From their ability to communicate and interact socially, those with Autism have difficulty processing and responding to information. Some Autistic behaviors may include:

  • Staring
  • Trouble balancing
  • Looking through hands
  • Looking sideways or with quick glances
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Pushing or rubbing eyes
  • Difficulty making & maintaining eye contact
  • Bumping into things
  • Fascinated by lights and shadows
  • Touching walls or tables while walking
  • Fear of heights
  • Stemming (toe walking)

Vision problems are very common in individuals with autism, and any of these symptoms can be caused by undiagnosed vision issues. These kinds of vision disorders are undetected because the symptoms are not a part of vision screenings at schools or pediatrician’s offices. If your child is diagnosed with autism, a yearly comprehensive vision evaluation with a developmental optometrist is recommended to ensure the best vision and ocular health.

Though some autistic children have trouble communicating with others, this does not reduce the accuracy of their exam. At Bright Eyes, Dr. Bonilla-Warford and Dr. Knighton are trained to evaluate special needs children, and to make the exam less stressful and more exciting for autistic children. The exam includes visual games to evaluate how both eyes aim, focus, track, follow, 3-D (depth perception), and process central-peripheral information. Both office locations, Bright Eyes Family Vision Care in Westchase, and Bright Eyes Kids in New Tampa, are equipped to accommodate your child’s visual needs.

Give us a call to schedule your child’s yearly vision exam at (813) 792-0637.

Seeing Through New Eyes

1 84310 800 3I am a sucker for books. When it comes to bookstores, my eyes are bigger than my… free time. I will buy books that are fascinating that I have every intention of finishing, but I just don’t quite find the time.

One recent purchase is Seeing Through New Eyes: Changing the Lives of Children with Autism, Asperger Syndrome and other Developmental Disabilities through Vision Therapy by Optometrist Melvin Kaplan. I have read other clinical books by Dr. Kaplan and I deeply respect him and his career of helping patients with autism and related conditions.

I haven’t read the book yet, but I stumbled upon this review by a mother who is raising a son with autism (with whom I happen to share the first name “Nate”). I am certain that her review, written from the insider’s perspective, is much more compelling than mine would be, so I encourage you so check out what she has written.

Vision therapy is not the answer for every problem. But vision is so intricately bound to all parts of our lives that many, many people do find benefits from developmental vision care, sometimes in surprising ways.

Be Well!

Dr. Nate

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

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 ADHD, before an Optometrist discovered that she actually had convergence insufficiency.

Unfortunately, because the symptoms of disorders such as attention problems and autism are very similar to those of binocular vision disorders, it can be very difficult to determine what the true problem is. Not only that, but many children have multiple conditions, but not all of them are diagnosed.

This is why a thorough evaluation of visual skills is recommended for every child, especially those who are struggling or are suspected of having behavioral or other problems. If there is a visual problem it may or may not be the primary source, but eliminating it can go a long way to helping other problems….

Click here to read the article.

Dr. Nate

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


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