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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 is exciting for everyone. New shoes! New teachers! New Clothes! And On that to-do list should be making sure your child can see well for school!


We know that Back to School time is busy, so we have created some special things for our patients:

Expanded Hours at Bright Eyes Kids!

Back to school is one of our busiest seasons of the year. While Bright Eyes Kids is usually open for appointments on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays, we are super booked for the next few weeks! So, we decided to open Bright Eyes Kids for patients on Thursday, August 20 from 2 pm to 5 pm just for the Back to School crowd. If you’d like to make an appointment call (813)792-0637 or click here.

25% off select Kids Eyeglass Packages! back to school

We want to make it easy to buy glasses for kids, and that means finding frames that they like! Select frames including Nike, EasyTwist, Superflex, Candies and more. Kids packages include frame and polycarbonate lenses with a 1-year frame warranty (and can include options such as anti-glare and Transitions lenses) are 25% off.

2 for $99 Sale – Kids only!

We always recommend back-up glasses for children. This is easy with our limited time, kids-only sale! Includes Sale frames with basic polycarbonate lenses. Must buy 2 frames for same patient, selection will vary.

Keep in mind these are only for a limited time. The sales offer is good from Monday, August 17 to Friday, September 4 at either location. 🙂


Have a great school year, everyone! Make it a great one!

-Dr. Nate

Back to School time is here!

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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 eye exams, and the kids starting middle school who want contact lenses before they go, we also get high school grads getting their exam before they go off to college and teachers who want to get their exam in before the busy school year starts.

It is an exciting time, full of hope and anticipation, but it so busy for families. Buying school supplies, clothes shopping, getting in pediatrician visits and health screenings for sports, and many other tasks.

But don’t put off the eye exam, if your children haven’t had one in the last year. School is visually challenging and you want to make sure that your kids are ready for the challenge. Or as I like to say, “My job is to make sure that kids’ eyes can keep up with their brains.” (See the video below).

We try to make it has easy as possible for you to check the back to school eye exam off your list. First, we now have a second location, Bright Eyes Kids for you convenience. Second, we know that kids can get anxious about the eye exam (especially eye drops) and we have specially trained staff to make it more fun.

Finally, we have our back to school sale. If your child does need glasses, we know that having a back up pair is crucial. So for August, if you buy a complete pair of glasses for your child, you get a 2nd frame for only $49 (That second frame is basically free!).

If you have any questions about your child’s vision, visual needs, or special care, do not hesitate to call us to help you out.

-Dr. Nate Bonilla-Warford and Dr. Knighton


Back to School checklist: Eye Exam

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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 year. While parents are getting their kids prepared for a new school year by purchasing supplies and meeting new teachers, it might be easy to overlook their child’s vision. In fact, a shocking 86% of children start school without ever having an eye examination. This is an alarmingly high figure given the strong correlation between vision and learning.

At Bright Eyes, we advise the eye exam schedule that is recommended by the AOA: first eye exam at 6 months, 3 years, and right before school. This allows your eye doctor to identify and treat any vision related problems before they start to adversely affect your child’s learning and development.

Another important thing to keep in mind is that the screenings used at school are not designed to replace a full, comprehensive eye exam. These screenings offer very little beyond determining clarity of vision. A full eye examination will further test how well the eyes work together in unison at tasks such as reading and computer work, as well as assess the health of the entire eye, inside and out.

The article also suggests signs for parents to look for in their child’s vision between eye exams. The AOA recommends that parents contact their eye doctor if their child frequently:

  1. Loses place while reading
  2. Avoids close work
  3. Tends to rub eyes
  4. Has headaches
  5. Turns or tilts head
  6. Makes frequent reversals when reading or writing
  7. Uses finger to maintain place when reading
  8. Omits or confuses small words when reading
  9. Consistently performs below potential
  10. Struggles to complete homework
  11. Squints while reading or watching television
  12. Has behavioral problems
  13. Holds reading material closer than normal

So as the school year begins, if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s vision, do not hesitate to call our office and schedule an appointment.

All the best,

Justin Schoonover

Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.


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