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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 to know if they are likely to develop these problems. Many people get glaucoma and cataracts confused. Although they are both generally painless conditions that can cause blindness if not treated appropriately.

To help people keep cataracts and glaucoma straight, here are two videos. If you or your family members have not had an eye exam in the last year, schedule one to evaluate for these conditions.

-Dr. Nate

Dr. Nate

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

Glaucoma:

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Cataracts:

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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 conversations that we have during the eye exams. Sometimes I will spotlight them.

Today I was lucky enough to be the focus of a very cool and generous post by Randy Watson (AKA The Wine Whore). If you don’t already know him, he is a very funny, genuine wine blogger, twitter fanatic, friend, and a patient.

So check it out! Check out the rest of his blog. And if you are feeling up to it, leave a comment. And don’t forget to get your turn on the Cabernet Couch!

Cheers!

Dr. Nate

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

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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 things like read, drive, watch TV, or cook dinner, then it was time for cataract surgery.

Times have certainly changed! Not only is the procedure much more advanced and safer, but the new hi-tech lens implants can allow for glasses-free vision (both distance and up close!) for many patients.

From the New York Times:

Patients can now choose from a wide range of artificial lenses. The most common are monofocal lenses, which focus vision at a single distance, the way a pair of standard glasses does. Before surgery, ophthalmologists test the eyes to choose the best prescription for the artificial lens, based on whether patients are nearsighted or farsighted or have normal vision.

Multifocal lenses, designed to focus both up close and at a distance, are a newer option. They are particularly appealing because by the time people develop cataracts, usually starting in their 60s, most suffer from presbyopia and require reading glasses. Presbyopia occurs when the body’s natural lens stiffens with age and eye muscles can no longer focus it for close vision.

If you have concerns about your vision and you are worried about cataracts, the first step is to get an comprehensive eye exam. Then, if it turns out you do have cataracts, we can discuss surgery.Here in Tampa Bay, we are lucky. we have several world-class surgeons who perform excellent cataract surgery. I can help you find the surgeon that is right for you.

Be Well!
Dr. Nate

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

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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” types, here is a very interesting piece from the New York Times. It has long been known that an artist’s experiences will affect their work. For example, “Write about what you know,” is something that I’ve heard many times. There has been discussion for years about how vision may have affected the works of some of the great painters. This new research is interesting, because it uses computer simulations of visual conditions to get a better idea about how the vision of various artists changed throughout their life – and how their work changed with it.

On some level, it stands to reason that a change in vision would affect the paintings that an artist would produce. But just in what ways artists will incorporate or overcome their visual problems is, to me, fascinating.

Be Well!

Dr. Nate

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

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 up in the Midwest or New England and lots of them remark about the how the sun makes them feel good. And this can be true. Lack of exposure to sunlight can result in, among other things, mood changes from Seasonal Affective Disorder.

But according to a new survey by the New England Eye Institute and Transitions Optical, the vast majority of people do not know that sunlight can also harm the eyes. According to the survey, while 3 out of 4 people know that ultraviolet (UV) light can cause skin cancer, only 1 in 20 knew that it can do damage to the eyes.

Living in Florida, this is important and something that I talk about all day with my patients. All sunlight contains UV light, and we Floridians get more UV than other parts of the country. So we need to be especially educated on this topic.

Exposure to UV light can increase the risk of several eye diseases such as:

  • Development of cataracts
  • Development of macular degeneration
  • pterygia (deposits between the whites of the eyes and the cornea)
  • skin cancer of the eyelids
  • photokeratitis

What you should do to protect yourself:

  • Educate yourself. Learn about UV light and your level of risk. You can check the current UV index in Tampa here.
  • Have regularly scheduled eye exams to check for signs of eye disease. Many of these conditions start off with no symptoms and can only be detected by a skilled doctor.
  • Ensure that your sunglasses are UV rated for protection. Just because they are dark does not mean that they have proper protection. Look for glasses with “UV 400” or “99% UV A, UV B” on the sticker, rather than just “block UV light.”
  • Ensure that your sunglasses wrap around your face to provide the fullest protection possible.
  • Order lenses for your non-sunglasses that block UV light. Even clear lenses for everyday wear should protect your eyes, and modern lens materials can provide this.
  • If you wear contact lenses outside, consider lenses that offer UV protection. This does not replace sunglasses, which protect your eyelids as well as your eyes, but it is one additional level of protection.

For additional detailed information, see the American Optometric Association’s Statement on Ocular Ultraviolet Radiation Hazards in Sunlight.

Be Well!

Dr. Nate

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

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