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

 

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One of the most rewarding aspects of providing vision therapy is seeing how passionate that patients and parents becoming in advocating its benefits. Few have had as grand a vision and made such a difference as Robin Benoit and her daughter, Jillian.

So I was honored when they asked to interview me for their new book, Dear Jillian: Vision Therapy Changed My Life Too. Robin and Jillian knew that I was passionate about vision therapy, in part because I myself had gone through it as an optometry school student . They are the author’s of Jillian’s Story, which has become famous in children’s eye care circles for detailing life before, during, and after vision therapy. Since the book came out, I have had the pleasure of working with Robin and Jillian on several worthwhile projects, including this interview that I did with them in 2010.

I am joined by many, varied success stories in Dear Jillian. Adults and kids, from all over the country. As Jillian writes:

“I am not a one-in-a-million case. Countless people of all ages have been through vision therapy and it has changed their lives for the better. I hope this book will open the eyes of those who have rejected vision therapy. Thank you to everyone who wrote to me and shared their vision therapy success. You are the reason our book is titled Dear Jillian.”

You can read a lot more about Jillian’s Story and Dear Jillian on their website http://www.jilliansstory.com. Also, like their Facebook Page.

Don’t forget, Dear Jillian makes a great Christmas gift to either a person struggling with vision problems or your local library! Take advantage of the holiday sale. 🙂

Happy Holidays!

Dr. Nate

 

PS: A great interview with Jillian was just published on VTWORKS.

By Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
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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 is very passionate about children with glasses and is very savvy online. I am thrilled to share with you her next big project – the Kickstarter campaign for Glasses! A board book for young ones in glasses. “Glasses!” features pictures of children wearing glasses and rhyming text and is adorable!

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Glasses!

As you can read on the Kickstarter page, this project begin as as simple poem about her daughter Zoe’s glasses:

Some glasses are red,
Some glasses are blue.
I think your glasses look great on you!

And while this evolved into a very cool board-book project that is on its way to being funded, Ann explains that it primarily is a vehicle for education andinspiration:

While bringing this book to reality is my main goal, I want to raise awareness of the importance of early detection and treatment of vision issues, and to help those facing early vision problems to know that they’re not alone. While babies and toddlers in glasses are not common, according some studies, 1 in 20 preschoolers should wear glasses.

I also hope that this project encourages others to explore writing children’s books, particularly for kids facing less common situations. I especially hope this will encourage even more books about vision issues for very young children.

I am very supportive of Ann and her effort I have personally pledged $150 toward the project. She has donation levels that start at $1, so you have any interest in glasses OR kids OR books, I strongly encourage you to visit the page and donate! My kids don’t wear glasses (yet) but they LOVE books and will be very happy to see this one. And of course, we will need at least one copy for the waiting room! 🙂

Glasses!

It just shows you how much difference we can make when we are passionate and focused! Go Ann!!

Dr. Nate

By Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
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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 incredible brunch buffet. Everyone had a great time and I met many dynamic Tampa Bay people.

One of the most interesting people I met was Olga Bof. She is an energetic, engaging woman with lots of ideas. One of the most interesting ideas is the opening of a children’s bookstore, called Cheeky Monkeys Books & Toys. It’s mission is to instill a life-long love of reading in children of all types. This will be a solid local community resource. Check out Olga’s video:

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Here is how you can help:

Olga is currently competing for a $50,000 grant in the August round of the Pepsi Refresh Project to help get the children’s bookstore a start. Hundreds of thousands of applicants attempt to enter the competition every month and Cheeky Monkeys is one of the lucky ones in the “Neighborhoods” category. You can vote EVERY SINGLE DAY IN AUGUST IN TWO WAYS:

You can also help by spreading the word TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE. If you’d like to contact Olga to get involved or see how you can help, you can email her. You can also follow Cheeky Monkeys on Facebook.

Dr. Nate

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

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I’ve voted today! Have you?

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

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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 therapy works. I was fortunate enough to interview Dr. Barry about her book.

Well, now there is another book out that I am equally excited about. It is called, “See It. Say It. Do It!” and is written by my friend and colleague, Dr. Lynn F. Hellerstein. I know that the subject, developing visualization ability to improve overall performance and quality of life, was a long-time interest of Dr. Hellerstein, and I was interested to see how this would be treated in a book format.

Like “Fixing My Gaze,” this new book is very easy to read and is accessible to anyone with interest. I have given away several copies to patients and friends, and they have agreed that this is useful to anyone who wants to improve their life and abilities. You can read what Edna, our Vision Therapist, had to say about it here.

So, I am thankful that Dr. Hellerstein took some time from her busy schedule to answer some questions about ” See It. Say It. Do It!” Continue reading

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 the impossible become possible through a simple thought or dream? Can you imagine all the possibilities and opportunities that would open up in your life just by taking one small step towards your dream or goal?

In Dr. Lynn F. Hellerstein’s book, See It. Say It. Do It!, she reinforces this concept of visualization. By teaching a child to visualize first, then to verbally affirm that goal as if he has already achieved it, and finally to take the necessary actions to accomplishing that goal, you are giving that child invaluable tools that will last him his whole lifetime. You will have instilled a self-confidence that would ensure him to become successful in any area of his life.

It sounds so simple, and yet we don’t even realize what an impact it could actually have in our daily lives. Some of us already use visualization and don’t even know it, but we don’t use visualization to its full potential. But if we start now , we can teach ourselves, children, and others how such a simple, yet powerful concept can truly alter people’s lives forever.

Dr. Hellerstein shows us how easily we can learn and teach visualization techniques by giving us step-by-step instructions and fun activities that can be utilized in any age group. If you want to make a difference in someone’s life, or even in your own, then you need to read this book and discover for yourself just how powerful your visualization can be for you!

Edna Moore, Vision Therapist

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Westchase, Tampa, FL
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My New Social Media Reading List

The other day I downloaded Chris Brogan and Julian Smith’sTrust Agents” to listen to in the car on my way to and from work. I don’t remember where, but I had heard some positive things and wanted to check it out.

I’m about halfway through and liking it so much, that I wanted to establish a social media reading list. I just read Tribes, by Seth Godin on recommendation from Julia Gorzka and I already knew that I wanted to read Gary Vaynerchuk’s Crush It” next, but what after that?

So did a very informal poll on Twitter and here are the tweets I received:

@JuliaGorzka: Post Tribes Reading List: Groundswell by Charlene Li & Josh Bernhoff. Lots of great examples.

@JuliaGorzka: Re-Imagine by Tom Peters, currently reading & loving Re-Imagine by Tom Peters

@tweetmaker: Serious about SMM? Read @google (Kaushik Avinash) blog and peruse Sun Tzu’s “Art of War” frequently.

When I joked that I probably wasn’t *that* serious….

@tweetmaker: My thrust: Insights about how one might approach & leverage SMM abound in sources where no direct mention of SMM exists.

@social_forces: Gladwell’s “Tipping Point” and Godin’s “Ideavirus” for a 1-2 punch?

I mentioned I hadn’t heard of “Ideavirus”

@social_forces: It’s a fine read. What Godin lacks vs Gladwell’s eloquence, he makes up 4 w/ practical application. Like a “how to” for tipping pts.

@missdestructo Hmm. How To Win Friends and Influence People is a good start…. then as far as SM goes, I love Trust Agents.

@GiftsTV current ones I’m reading – Word of Mouth Marketing – Andy Sernovitz and Six Pixels of Seperation – Mitch Joel – others you found :)?

@lizzharmon: That’s tough. Hard to narrow it down to 2: Trust Agents & Tribes; also Socialnomics & Twitter Power. I read a lot.

@lizzharmon: I think I’d add Groundswell and anything by Brian Solis.

@chrisbrogan: The New Community Rules by @tamar, and Six Pixels of Separation by @mitchjoel

And my favorite…..

@NetWeave BTW, I know some folks will disagree heartily with me, that’s just my opinion.I believe that any book on SM is obsolete by the time the ink dries. Spend your reading time on @Mashable, @TechCrunch, etc.

So there you go. That should keep you busy until the new year. And by then you’ll have a bunch more to read.

If you have other suggestions of read books, please leave a comment so I can add them to the list.

Happy Reading.

Dr. Nate

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

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Question for Tampa Kids: What Books do You Love?

qmAs 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 Harry Potter or my daughter’s current favorite, “Llama Llama Red Pajama.”

Now that we have the new kid’s area, we need to fill our kid’s library! What books are popular for kids 12 and under right now? If two of your children saw a stack of books, which one would they fight over?

Please submit a comment, tweet @brightetestampa, or email doc@brighteyestampa.com with any suggestions, so we can have the best stocked kids library in Westchase!

Thanks in advance!

Be Well.

Dr. Nate

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

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