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Bright Eyes Needs Kids Art!!

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At Bright Eyes Family Vision Care and Bright Eyes Kids, we love to celebrate the creativity of our young patients!

When you walk in the front door, you are greeted with a display of different kinds of artwork. We currently have drawings of monsters, a painting of the US flag and well as some Pokemon. There is also a gift to Dr. Nate in Simpson-ized fashion and a Lego Mosaic that Dr. Nate did of a close up of an eye. Below we have a display line packed with crayon drawings of our very youngest patients.

We need to freshen up our children’s art display with your kid’s work!

See if your children would like to donate:

  • Original drawings
  • Creative paintings
  • Collages
  • Lego mosaics
  • Anything else you can think of!

All you have to do is drop of the work at Bright Eyes Kids (15303 Amberly Drive). If the work is frameable, we frame it before hanging it up. If not, we’ll do our best. Be sure to let us know who to give credit to! Don’t give us anything too precious, because we cannot promise that we will be able to return it in the future.

You know that your kids are artistic geniuses – let them show off their work!!

Thanks

-Dr. Nate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 or read the transcript. The show is available via Stitcher, Google Play, iTunes, and the webplayer below. You can find all episodes here. If you have any suggestions for future episodes, please email office@BrightEyesTampa.com.

-Dr. Nate

Episode 1 transcript:

Dr. Nate: [00:00:00] From sunny Tampa Bay is the Bright Eyes podcast. This is episode number one. I’m Dr. Nate Bonilla-Warford.

Dr. Beth: [00:00:09] And I am Dr. Beth Knighton.

Dr. Nate: [00:00:11] And today’s episode is all about us. In the future, we’re going to talk about different aspects of eyes and vision care and different things that you can do to take care of your eyes and improve your vision. But for today since this is our very first podcast episode we’re going to introduce you a little bit about us our practice and how we do things. So how are you feeling, Beth?

Dr. Beth: [00:00:39] I’m feeling great.

Dr. Nate: [00:00:41] Are you excited?Warford 2597 color 239x300

Dr. Beth: [00:00:42] Yes.

Dr. Nate: [00:00:42] Are you excited to be doing podcasts?

Dr. Beth: [00:00:44] Yeah. 🙂

Dr. Nate: [00:00:46] So first off, I have lots of experience in podcasting. My first podcast was in 2010 to 2013. I also do another podcast with an ophthalmologist which we do every month and I think it is a wonderful medium to share information. I’m an avid podcast listener. I listen to podcasts literally every day. So I think it’s fantastic and I’m excited to do it. What about your experience?

Dr. Beth: [00:01:19] Yes I am excited to do this new adventure here learning about podcasts and getting our information out there to everybody.

Dr. Nate: [00:01:29] Great. So a little bit about me. I grew up in north central Florida and I went to University of Florida. I got my Optometry degree at the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. I did my residency in Pediatric Vision and Vision Therapy also at ICO and then we moved back to Florida and we opened Bright Eyes Family Vision Care here in Westchase in 2006. We’ve been working here for the last 11 years. I say we because my wife Cristina is the office manager and we’ve grown from a tiny office with just a handful of staff to two offices with about 16 staff members.Dr EK Pic 224x300

Dr. Beth: [00:02:16] I grew up in Clearwater, Florida. I went to the University of South Florida in Tampa for my undergraduate degree and then I also went to the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago like Dr. Nate and went on to do my Pediatric Residency at the University of Houston in Texas and I stayed on there teaching for a little while. But Florida is my home and I was able to come back this way. So now back in the Tampa Bay area I reached out to Dr. Nate. And at that time he was looking to expand to create the second office which is Bright Eyes Kids and so I was able to join the Bright Eyes family in 2014 and started out part time and grew as the practice did. And now here at the Bright Eyes Westchase office and the Bright Eyes Kids office full time with Dr. Nate

Dr. Nate: [00:03:17] Yes. And it is fantastic. I love having a doctor that I can work with and ask questions to and we can talk about cases and different experiences even though we both went to the same optometry school we did different residencies and so we have different experiences and that helps us serve our patients better.

Dr. Beth: [00:03:44] And it’s really great – it is a lot of fun.

Dr. Nate: [00:03:48] Dr. Beth spends a little bit more time at the family practice. I spend a little bit more time at the kids office and that’s primarily just because she lives closer to the Westchase office and I live closer to the New Tampa office because we’re both plenty capable of doing both but we have a lot of fun.

Dr. Beth: [00:04:09] We really like our job and working with patients of all ages. It’s surprising to people when they find out that we routinely see patients that are six months old. Sometimes a little younger. It’s something that we really enjoy.

Dr. Nate: [00:04:28] What do you do when you’re not working with patients.

Dr. Beth: [00:04:33] I love spending time with my family and I especially love spending time out on my small sailboat. I love being outside doing pretty much anything whether it’s camping or biking. We always love being outside and Florida is a great place to be doing all those things as opposed to our cold winters that we had in Chicago.

Dr. Nate: [00:05:01] It was cold. It’s true. I also like doing things outside. I like to run and go camping. We have a lot of people in my family who play music and so we make music and I like to read and spend time with my family. And sometimes when we have time we like to travel and I’d say that’s mostly what we do.

Dr. Nate: [00:05:31] So we’re going to cover many topics about eyes and vision glasses contacts and vision therapy and Ortho-K. What other topics are we going to cover?

Dr. Beth: [00:05:45] We’re going to cover brain injuries and how that affects the eyes. We will cover why sunglasses are important for your vision and even topics about certain eye diseases you may have heard of like cataracts and macular degeneration.

Dr. Nate: [00:06:02] Yes. So thank you for listening to our very first episode ever. If you have any questions comments or suggestions you can e-mail us at office@BrightEyesTampa.com. Until next time. Have fun and be safe.

If you have questions about your or your children’s eyes or vision please call us at 813-792-0637 or use the button below to request an appointment.
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Brought to you by Bright Eyes Family Vision Care and Bright Eyes Kids. Find previous episodes and more detailed information at BrightEyesTampa.com. Creative Commons Copyright attribution, non-commercial use.

The only purpose of this podcast is to educate and to inform. It is no substitute for professional care by a doctor experienced in the area you require. This podcast is provided on the understanding that it does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. Please consult your physician for diagnosis and treatment.

Intro and outro music by Lucas Warford.

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 Vision Care – Westchase

Win FREE SMITH PRESCRIPTION SUNGLASSES!

Featuring Smith Optics and Banana Republic.

Every style, every color, every size to try on Eyeglasses! Sunglasses! Women! Men!

 

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Event 2: Spring Cleaning Sale

Mon, April 24 – Fri, April 28

One week! Two offices!

Every frame on SALE! $50 – $100 OFF!

 

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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 as nearsightedness. This story is similar for my wife, Cristina who is also the office manager at Bright Eyes. She and many members of her family are myopic. So it was not surprising that our older child, Nora, has also become nearsighted. She has now started orthokeratology to help keep her from become even more nearsighted. Read on to find out more about her Ortho-K journey.

Nora's First Eye Exam

Nora’s First Exam

Nora is not alone. All over the world, people are becoming more myopic and kids are needing glasses at earlier ages. At Nora’s regular eye exams (see recommendations here), I have been checking her vision carefully. Two years ago it was obvious that she was going to be become nearsighted. We had been implementing several steps to delay her impending myopia.

Finally, the summer before 4th grade during a game of “eye spy” it was evident that she was having trouble seeing clearly far away. An eye exam was scheduled and a prescription for -1.00 D glasses was written. She picked out some lovely and fun glasses before school started. She also had soft daily disposable contacts for occasional use.

Nora before Ortho-K

Nora Before Orthok

By Spring Break, Nora was squinting again even with her glasses. Indeed, her exam showed that her prescription had increased. We were ready to employ some methods to reduce the rate at which her vision was getting worse. This is called myopia control and the basic options are Ortho-k, soft multifocal contacts, and atropine eyedrops. So Cristina and I decided that it was time for Nora to do Ortho-K. We knew this time would come, it was just a matter of when it was convenient to start. We decided Spring Break was the perfect time.

The first step was to get Nora on board. After all, she liked her glasses and was not excited at first about giving them up. Cristina and I talked with her about freedom from glasses for sports and swimming. We also showed her some of these videos from YouTube. She was ready!

Nora came to Bright Eyes Kids for her Ortho-K exam. This includes more vision testing and special testing of the front part of her eyes called corneal topography. This special test allowed me to design custom NightLens Ortho-K lenses for her. They were produced in a specialized contact lens lab and sent to the office.

Nora was very excited when her Ortho-K lenses came in. At this point she was taught how to put them in and take them out safely as well as everything she needed to know about caring for her lenses. That night, she put the contacts in and went to sleep. It was surprisingly easy. The next day she came to Bright Eyes Kids for her 1-day evaluation and she was seeing 20/20! Her vision has been great ever since. She was able to do everything on her Spring Break trip including kayaking, Everglades Airboat rides, and the Trampoline park all without her glasses.

Nora After Orthok

Nora After Orthok

If you think that your child is a candidate for Ortho-K and want to find out more call us at (813)792-0637 or request an appointment.

By the way, Nora’s brother is two years younger than her and he is not nearsighted yet, but we are trying to prevent it with atropine eye drops. You can learn more about that here.

-Dr. Nate

PS – If you are an eye doctor who has employed any myopia control strategies with your kids, I’d love to talk to you about it. Email me at Doc@BrightEyesTampa.com.

 

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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!

Children's Eye ExamsBright Eyes Kids has come a long way in 2014. From just an idea, to the only optometric office in Florida just for kids! Every month we are making changes to improve Bright Eyes Kids – from adding new equipment to hiring more staff.

And starting in January 2015, we will be making a big change to make it even easier for you to bring your children in – we will be seeing patients on Saturdays! We know that your time is precious. It is not always easy to bring kids in for eye exams, vision therapy, and Orthokeratology follow ups during the week. So starting January 3, 2015, Bright Eyes Kids will be open 9am to 1pm on Saturdays. This is not only for children’s eye exams and specialty services, but also for ordering and picking up infant and children’s glasses.

Note that these weekend hours only apply to Bright Eyes Kids in New Tampa, not Bright Eyes Family Vision Care in Westchase. If you have brought your kids in for an exam at the main office in Westchase, we would be happy to see them at Bright Eyes Kids on Saturdays or Bright Eyes Family Vision Care during the week, whichever is more convenient for you.

Stay tuned for even more announcements of changes and improvements at Bright Eyes Kids. In the meantime, if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment for your child at either office – just call 813-792-0637 and we would be happy to help you. Or go online. And if you have any suggestions or comments that can make Bright Eyes Kids even better, you can let me know by emailing Doc@BrightEyesTampa.com.

Thanks!

Dr. Nate

Specialists in Children's Eye Exams

Specialists in Children’s Eye Exams

Bright Eyes Kids Grand Opening Great Glasses Play Day Extravaganza!

Bright Eyes Kids Grand Opening

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 is a lot for an optometry office in Florida, but makes sense for us. Both myself and my associate Dr. Elizabeth Knighton have completed optometric residencies in children’s vision. We enjoy using our specialty training to help children, offering specialty services such as vision therapy and myopia control. We have lots of experience examining patients with special needs, such as children with Down Syndrome and autism.

Because we love working with children so much, we have opened an entire office dedicated to them: Bright Eyes Kids. This is the only optometry office in the Tampa Bay area designed just for kids. From child-sized furniture to a huge selection of kids glasses, we have built everything to be fun and friendly for our littlest patients. Check it out here.
We also love kids glasses! That is why we have decided to use the national Great Glasses Play Day as our GRAND OPENING for Bright Eyes Kids. This is the third GGPD we have been involved in and we can say it is a fantastic event. Check out all the cool stuff we have planned:
  • Pony Rides (before noon)
  • A Magic show for kids
  • Balloon Animals
  • Face Painting
  • FREE Goodie bags for all
  • Special cloths and cleaner for kids with glasses
  • Star Wars Treats
  • Lego (R) Activities By Bricks 4 Kids
  • Lego (R) minifigure trading (Bring a minifig or two to swap!)
We think you will agree that this will be a great event for kids! Please share this Great Glasses Play Day with the families of any children with glasses. You can RSVP on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/565749360189330/
And one added benefit: the party just happens to fall on May the Fourth. For those that don’t know – this is also know as Star Wars Day. May the Fourth Be With You, get it? :). So expect some Star Wars surprises!
We hope to see you there!
PS – If you are a local business that works with kids and would like to be involved, let us know. You can

Dr. Nate

By Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD

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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.

Bright Eyes Kids is Open!

 

This is no April Fool’s joke! Bright Eyes Kids is open!

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This is the moment that we have been waiting for…We are ready to see general children’s appointments at Bright Eyes Kids, as well as Vision Therapy, and Orthokeratology patients! 🙂

Bright Eyes Kids is the only optometry office around dedicated specifically to children’s vision. We do care the same great infants and children’s glasses that you can find at Bright Eyes Family Vision Care. The new office is located at 15303 Amberly Drive Suite C, Tampa, FL, 33647. It is office Bruce B. Downs, near the Bank of America and LA Fitness. The hours currently are Monday and Tuesday 9am to 5pm.

If you have a special child in your life that needs their eyes and vision checked, call us at 813-792-0637 (yes, the same number as Bright Eyes Family Vision Care) for more information or make an appointment. Bright Eyes Kids also has its own Facebook page.

Dr. Nate

By Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
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Bright Eyes Kids is Coming Soon!!

Bright Eyes Kids

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 first we saw very few, but now almost half of our patients are under 18 years old. And that is no accident. After I completed my Residency in Pediatric Optometry and Binocular Vision in Chicago, I knew I wanted to work with kids. I wondered if I was crazy for moving home to Florida, the retirement capital of the world.

Well, lo and behold, there are children in Florida and many of them need eye care. So we have been planning for the last year to expand our services specifically to children. And I am now very, very happy to announce that in March we will be opening a new location specifically for children’s eye care. Called Bright Eyes Kids, it will bring the skill and care you expect from us at Bright Eyes Family Vision Care to New Tampa and be tailored specifically for children!

Why New Tampa? Well there are many reasons. The first is that we frequently have patients that come from areas such as Gainesville, Winter Haven, and other places east of Tampa. Located near I-75, the new office will be much more accessible for patients because they will not have to drive all the way across town. Another reason is that my family and close relatives actually live in the New Tampa area and it will be great to practice closer to home. The new address is 15303 Amberly Drive, Suite C, Tampa, FL 33647.

What will be offering at Bright Eyes Kids? Eye exams for infants, toddlers, and gradeschoolers and teens. We will be fitting contact lenses and specialty glasses for young kids. We will have an expanded area to offer vision therapy, to help children develop the visual skills they need to be successful at school and life. We will offer orthokeratology for kids who want 20/20 vision all day while not wearing glasses or contacts.

But don’t worry – nothing will change at Bright Eyes Family Vision Care in Westchase. I will still be seeing patients there regularly and we will. Moms, grandpas and other adults are welcome to come see us there!

Now, please. Help us making Bright Eyes Kids the best it can be by completing this very, very short survey. While we are finalizing details about the new office, this is your chance to help us get them right. Click here to take the brief survey.

Dr. Nate

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