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Air Optix Colors Contact Lenses Are Here!

AO_home_img2_770x549I will be honest. I have actively discouraged patients from using cosmetic contact lenses. I have done it for years. Not because I have anything against colored lenses, but because the most common lens, Freshlook, was uncomfortable and not as healthy as new lenses i prescribe.

People are familiar with the Freshlook brand of colored lenses, because it’s been around for 18 years! And until now, Freshlook was the leading brands for colored contacts. So some people feel if something works, why bother change? And for 18 years, Freshlook must have been doing something right, right? Well, who can imagine using a cell phone that was made 18 years ago? It is a ridiculous thought. Continue reading

Bright Eyes Kids is Coming Soon!!

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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

By Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
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Join us for Great Glasses Play Day!

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The first weekend in August kicks off not only Children’s Vision and Learning Month, but also the 2nd Annual Great Glasses Play Day! And we are excited to be involved!

If you haven’t heard about Great Glasses Play Day (GGPD), it is a day to celebrate children who use glasses, contacts, patches, or other visual devices! This is a day for parents to show how proud they are of their children in glasses, how thankful we are for better vision for their kids, but most of all, just to have fun and support one another! There are lots of ways to participate both at local meetups and online.

We are THRILLED to supporting GGPD with a special weekend event! Kids in glasses are just SO CUTE! 🙂

From 10am to 3pm

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

(Back to school – tax free weekend)

Bright Eyes Family Vision Care

9912 W. Linebaugh Ave

Tampa, FL 33626

 

We are featuring tons of great stuff for kids!

 

  • Sale on ALL kids eyeglasses – 25% off
  • Skechers, Bongo, Guess eyewear show – featuring all colors and sizes!
  • Every kid gets a FREE coloring book and FREE non-prescription sunglasses!
  • Dan the Balloon Man will be entertaining everyone.
  • Fun magic tricks.. might make your glasses disappear!
  • Coloring Contest- 2 winners will receive a backpack filled with school supplies
  • Decorate your own eyeglass frames – model it for our photographer
  • Enter your child to win a pair of Prescription Swim Goggles!
  • Fun Games & Door Prizes
  • Snacks and water will be provided

Plus, Dr. Nate will be open for children’s eye exam appointments on Sunday, August 4 from 10am to 2pm, so schedule now!

Want to know more about the origin of GGPD? Visit the official site or read an interview that Dr. Nate did with the GGPD founders.

New Water-Gradient Contact Lenses – Alcon’s Dailies Total 1 Available at Bright Eyes!

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Bright Eyes is excited about the newest daily contact lens: Dailies Total 1! Manufactured by Ciba Vision, this new lens is the first to supply the perfect balance between hydration and comfort for daily contact lenses.

Sometimes people find a lens that’s comfortable, but they still experience occasional discomfort during the day. Then, they continue to hear about the newest lens that is the most comfortable and “breathable”one out there. The difference with Dailies Total 1 is the increase in the amount of water-permeability throughout the lens. Unlike the other Silicone Hydrogel lenses, Dailies Total 1 lenses still includes great breathe-ability for the lens, but adds more “wettability” for comfort: > 80% water-content.

At Bright Eyes, we love new technology and we are proud that among the first optometry practices in the nation to offer this premium contact lens. I am very excited to offer it to people who have issues with dryness and discomfort with their normal contact lenses. I personally have dry eyes and I can only tolerate most contact lenses for 3 to 4 hours. I always like to try products before offering them to patients and with Dailies Total 1 I am able to wear them all day. My staff have have also tried these lenses, and find this lens to be the top-class for comfort.

Here is a short video about how comfortable these lenses are:

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You can also learn more about Dailies Total 1 by visiting: http://www.dailies.com/products/dailies-total-one.shtml.

Stop by or call us to make an appointment to try theses super comfortable contacts!

 

Dr. Nate

By Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care

 

Want to Wear Contacts? Take the Acuvue 1-Day Moist Contact Lens Challenge!

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Have you always wanted to wear contacts, but never asked your eye doctor if you could? Do your glasses get in the way during sports or other hobbies? Or maybe you already use contacts, but you just find them irritating or inconvenient?

Well, we have the event for you! The Bright Eyes Acuvue 1-Day Contact Lens Challenge! Here is how it works:

Every participant in the 1- day Challenge will receive:

A contact lens exam Healthy, comfortable, clear vision is always our top priority. We want to make sure these contacts are right for you and will work well.
Trial contacts to last for 1 week – We want you to really see the benefits of 1-Day lenses, not only in the office, but it your everyday life. So we give you lenses to use for the week. No contact lens solution needed!
Contact lens training – If you haven’t worn contacts before, we will teach you how to put them in and take them out safely. Of course, there is no care needed – simply throw them away at night.
A 30-Day supply of Acuvue 1-Day Moist contacts After you come back for your follow up appointment, and we agree that everything is awesome, you will receive your 30 supply of contact lenses.
$50 discount towards sunglasses – Acuvue 1 Day Moist contacts have UV protection to help protect your eyes from the sun, but you should still use UV blocking sunglasses to protect the areas around your eyes, which is why we are giving you $50 towards any sunglasses we carry!

All of this for only $100! But only for the month of June!

Why Acuvue 1 Day Moist? Simply put, they are super healthy and convenient. Not only are they incredibly comfortable, but they eliminate the problems from allergies and deposits. Best of all, you do not have to buy and use contact lens cleaning solution, which can bother certain people!

Want to learn more about Johnson & Johnson Acuvue 1-Day Moist Contact Lenses? Visit their website. You can also watch the fun video below to get an idea of how great 1-Day contacts are!

Ready to get started in your new contact lenses? Just call 813-792-0637, or request an appointment online.

 

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Top 10 New Years Resolutions to Save Money on Eyecare (Without Sacrificing Quality)

2010Welcome to 2010, everyone! I hope you are enjoying the start of a brand-new decade.

Readers of this blog know that it is a Bright Eyes News tradition to create an eye related Top Ten List of New Years Resolutions. For 2008, wrote about resolutions for eye health. For 2009, I wrote about resolutions for children’s vision.

Thinking back to 2009, I’ve talked to a number of patients who had lost – or were about to lose – their jobs. It was an economically challenging year for many. So I thought this year I would take this issue head-on and make a list for people who want to save money on eyecare. But, as a doctor, it wouldn’t be appropriate to just say, “Skip your exams, squint instead of updating your glasses, and wear your contacts until your eyes fall out.” First, it isn’t sound advice. Second, many of these actually cost more money in the long run.

So here is a list of New Years Resolutions to Save Money on Eyecare (Without Sacrificing Quality). I hope that you find it helpful.

1) Maintain a regular schedule for eye exams.

Many people feel that they are saving money by skipping their recommended eye exams. Did you know that eye exams are primarily about eye health, not just clarity of sight? There are some blinding conditions with no symptoms that can only be detected with a thorough eye exam. If caught early, they can often be treated early with much simpler treatments. This can save hundreds or thousands of dollars of complicated treatment, including ocular surgery. This doesn’t even factor in the lost income and quality of life that can come from the loss of vision.

2) Get the exam that you pay for.

This may seem very obvious, but you should be sure that you are getting a complete and thorough eye exam. After all, if you are paying for something, you should get it. Sometimes people are reluctant to have their pupils dilated during an exam, but if they don’t, the doctor cannot look for signs of disease in the back of the eye. Find out if there is a charge to come back and finish the exam at a later date. If you bring your child to eye doctor because you have concerns that vision may be affecting school performance, ask beforehand what type of tests are included. Not all vision plans will cover this specialized testing, so you should find out how much it costs.

3) Utilize InfantSEE.

As with all health issues, prevention is more cost effective than treatment. This is particularly true for infants. An eye early eye exam can detect potential problems such as extreme nearsightedness and farsightedness as well as strabismus and amblyopia. To assist in this, the American Optometric Association created the public health initiative called InfantSEE. Optometrists who participate in the program will provide one visual and eye health exam to infants between six and twelve months old at no charge.

4) Understand your Vision Plan, Medical Insurance, Flex and HSAs.

Some medical plans have coverage for eye exams. Some plans specifically cover medical problems such as eye infections and glaucoma. Other plans are specifically for vision and will have coverage for a vision exam, glasses, or contacts, but not medical visits. If you or your employer pays for these benefits, use them wisely. Find out what the annual benefits are. Ask the doctor’s staff to help you maximize your benefits. For example, you are getting both glasses and contact lenses and your plan only covers one of these, you may save more money applying the benefits to the glasses. Also know that you cannot ask that the vision plan be billed on a different date than you actually received the service. However, you CAN use your Flex and HSA accounts for eyecare and optical purchases.

5) Select your eyewear carefully.

When you are picking out eyewear, try on the styles and brands that you like. But keep in mind the purpose of each pair of glasses you buy. You might love the Tiffany & Co. frames with crystals, but if you work or play hard, it might make more sense to get some less expensive frames that are built to be durable. Costa Del Mar sunglasses are durable, but if you are prone to losing them(or dropping them in the gulf!) spend a extra few dollars on a glasses strap. And when shopping around, be sure you compare apples to apples. A discount store or online retailer may be cheaper, but consider material quality and customer service when making your choice. Will your optical service remake lenses in the case of an error? What happens if the coating flakes off within a few months?

6) Get the right lens materials and coatings.

Find out what the doctor or optician recommends for lens options, but don’t just assume that more expensive is better. Some lens options are worth a little extra: Crizal Alize or VisoXC will improve the clarity of your lenses, reduce glare, and resist scratches. Some fabulously high-tech lens materials are essential for someone with a very high prescription but may be a waste of money if you have a low prescription. We always recommend UV protection for all general purpose glasses, but if you only use glasses for reading indoors, then it may not be needed. I encourage you to get glasses that meet your needs, but that doesn’t mean that every pair has to have all the bells and whistles. If the optical staff do not explain your options to your satisfaction – ask. They may be able to help you save money when they understand how the glasses are to be used.

7) Try multipurpose lenses.

Do you own just one pair of shoes? Not likely, because most people have different shoes for different purposes. Your eyes also have different needs and no one single pair of glasses will meet all those needs. But you don’t need to own a baker’s dozen pairs of glasses either. If you have a different prescription for reading and distance (like most people over 45), save money with just one pair of bifocals or progressives. In Florida, it is best to have a dedicated pair of prescription sunglasses. But eyewear with clip-on sunglasses or Transitions (that darken in the sun) are a cost-effective and protect your eyes from UV and bright sun.

8) Make use of your warranties.

If you are spending hard-earned money on glasses, you expect them to work well for you. Always inquire about what warranty is included in your purchase. At Bright Eyes, all of our eyewear frames come with a 2 year, unconditional breakage warranty. If you get premium scratch coating, it also includes 2 year scratch warranty. See if your optical offers similar coverage and if they do, make use of it.

9) Learn about your contacts.

Talking to your optometrist about your contact lens options. Monthly lenses may be a cost-saving option for full-time wearers; daily lenses are a good deal for occasional contact wearers, especially when you factor in the solution costs. RGP (hard) contacts frequently outperform their soft counterparts and can be up to half as expensive.

10) Consider alternative financing options.

Many offices, including ours, accept Care Credit, a health care credit card with options for 6-months interest-free financing. This is helpful for more expensive treatments not covered by insurances, such as Corneal Reshaping (orthokeratology), an method of providing glasses- free vision, or vision therapy, which allows people to overcome visual challenges to live life up to their potential. Even eyeglasses and eye exams qualify for Care Credit purchases. Ask about Care Credit or similar programs at your doctor’s office.

I hope that this has been helpful in ensuring that you get best eyecare possible! Happy New Year!

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Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care

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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The Benefits and Risks of LASIK

I talk to people every day about refractive surgery such as LASIK. A few people are extremely interested, but almost everyone is at least curious about whether or not they are good candidates.

Generally the results of LASIK are very good. But, like any medical procedure, there are risks. Recently, the FDA has been evaluating whether or not some of the severe but unlikely risks are communicated effectively to the public.

Here are some reasons why you might want to consider LASIK:

  • Freedom from Glasses: This is the number one reason people are interested in LASIK. This may be because they don’t like glasses or because they work in environments that make wearing glasses difficult.
  • Freedom from Contacts: Some people can’t tolerate contacts or put the health of their eyes at risk by wearing them. LASIK may be a better option.
  • Improved Vision: In some cases, vision may be better with LASIK than with glasses.

Here are some reasons why you may not be a good candidate for LASIK and what other options you might consider:

  • Eye Disease: It probably goes without saying that if you have eye problems, such as inflammation, infection, injury or diseases of they eyes that LASIK might not be best for you. Glasses are most likely best until the situation is resolved.
  • Large Pupils: If you have very large pupils, you may already notice mild halos or glare at night. This is somehwat like what your vision is like after going swimming at night: all lights have little balls of hazy light around them. If you have large pupils, this will be made worse by LASIK. You should stick with glasses and contacts.
  • Thin Corneas: LASIK works by using a laser to remove tissue from the front, clear part of your eye. If you do not have enough tissue to work with then it is not safe to have LASIK. However, another type of refractive surgery, PRK, may be an option, as well as glasses and contacts.
  • Dry Eye: Because there is cutting involved in LASIK, eyes that are not naturally moist enough may not heal as well. This might affect vision and comfort. Many people who have normal, healthy eyes expereince dryness for a time after LASIK. If you have very dry eyes your best bet is to wear glasses or specialty contacts.
  • Young Age: A person’s vision does not tend to fully stabalize until they are in their 20s. LASIK cannot be done until the prescription is stable. Possible options for children and teenagers include glasses, contacts, and Precise Cornea Reshaping.
  • Older Age: If you are over 40 years of age, you can still get LASIK, but you should know that your near vision will probably be affected.

If you are considering LASIK, be sure to ask your eye doctor what the risks and benefits are for you. I encourage you to shop around. Not for the best price, but for the best doctor who explains everything to you to your satisfaction.

Feel free to email or come in if you have questions about whether LASIK 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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