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2019 Buddy Walk

Dr. Nate’s Note: We at Bright Eyes enjoy being involved in the community and love to support our patients. This year we were lucky enough to attend the 2019 Buddy Walk at Raymond James Stadium to raise money for F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Down Syndrome West Florida.

Esther Rodas, a member of out optical sales team reflects on her experience.

My experience at the Tampa 2019 Buddy Walk was nothing short of wonderful. Being a part of and witnessing all of the support given to the Down Syndrome community and their loved ones was really heartwarming and awesome to see!

This was my first year attending. The event consisted of wide spectrum of different vendors from our optometric practice to occupational therapy practices, dancing organizations, chiropractic services, employment networking, disability resources, sports groups, mary kay and many many more. There were several activities to raise money such as raffles, snacks/food for sale and donations of course. The top team fundraising ranking came in at: $6,005, while the top individual ranking came in at $320! Again, a lot of support was given and it was great to see. Aside from the supporting vendors and sponsors there was also fantastic entertainment such as dance themes that performed and an amazing performance of our national anthem. There was also an animal petting area for the kids and for animal loving adults as well.

Our practice presented various lines of kids frames that we carry at our clinic. Frames that are incredibly durable for kids, sports goggles, and lines designed specifically for those with special needs. We passed out coupons to use at our practice for those interested in stopping by that may be in need of glasses for their kiddos. We engaged with the various families present, some of which have been Bright Eyes patients for many years. It was a wonderful opportunity and pleasure for us to be able to present to the families present what we have to offer that can help their kids or themselves for that matter!

The day ended with the buddy walk in which we cheered on the families and teams that walked together. We took beautiful pictures of the groups walking together and being cheered on by us all. It was the perfect ending to a great day. I look forward to my future attendance in the buddy walk and certainly look forward to contributing in any way that I can along with my Bright Eyes team.

 

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Special Eyewear for Special Needs

We love working with all kinds of patients here at Bright Eyes Family Vision Care. It makes us especially happy when we can help those with special needs. People often ask us if we work with special needs patients, and the answer is “YES!” We’ve seen patients with autism, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injuries and other conditions that need a little more TLC. Dr. Nate, who specializes in pediatrics and vision development, gives all his patients special attention, but he will schedule extra time for those patients who need it. His welcoming, friendly demeanor ensures that even our youngest patients feel comfortable and happy seeing him.

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Specs 4 Us

Our optical is one of a few in Tampa that offers frames specially designed for children (and adults) with Down syndrome. The Specs 4 Us eyeglasses are designed for the facial features of Down Syndrome, so they don’t sit too low! They come in many colors and eye sizes with optional 3-D and polarized clip-ons. Tomato glasses are flexible plastic frames that also fit kids’ faces well. The temples are very adjustable and the nosepads are comfortable, so they stay on! And our staff are great with kids! They are not afraid to get down to eye level, to make sure the glasses are going to be a good fit.

Here’s an email from a happy mom:

Dear Cristina,

We want to thank you so much for helping us secure a pair of glasses for our active 4 year old daughter with Down Syndrome. You and your staff have been efficient and helpful each time we come in to your store to order a new pair of Specs 4 Us, or for an adjustment.

We recently tried the Tomato Glasses as a means of last resort, because Katie constantly grabs her glasses and plays with them. We were pleasantly surprised of the glasses flexibility and comfort as well. These are the first pair of glasses she has had that she keeps on, without much fuss. This is a big deal for us.

Thanks again for your help.

Sincerely,

Katie’s Mom

 

Call us if you have questions, and we are happy to help! Thanks for trusting us with your families! If you or your family members haven’t scheduled to have your eyes examined this year – schedule now. 🙂

All the best!

Dr. Nate

By Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
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Specs4us are here!

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OK, Tampa Bay. Just a brief note to say that we finally have the Specs4us frames in stock, in a variety of models and colors. In fact, we are one of four places in Florida and the only one in Westchase or Tampa to carry them. I am excited to have them.

We had a patient come in today to check them out and they work as advertised. They fit beautifully and her mother was excited to have them.

The Specs4us line was created specifically for patients with Down Syndrome. These patients have specific facial features that make it difficult to find glasses that fit. You can read an interview with the creator, Maria Dellapine here.

Update: 7/5/09: These frames now come in larger sizes and have sunglass clips.

Be Well!

Dr. Nate

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

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Specs 4 Us Interview with Maria Dellapina

As I posted on this site before, I have learned about a new line of frames that are specifically designed for Children with Down Syndrome. I think these frames are very cool, and judging by the testimonials, so do a lot of other people.

Recently I had the opportunity to interview the designer and creator of these frames, Maria Dellapina:

Enjoy!

Dr. B: I was an optician before I became an Optometrist, so I know how difficult it can be to find the right frame. There are many patients who can benefit from these frames. Were you surprised that there were no frames like specs4us before?

Maria: Erin was close to two when She needed glasses. At the time I was working for an Optometrist and had been there almost 10years. One of my duties was Frame buying. I thought with all my connections I would have no problem finding the perfect frame for her. I became frustrated very quickly. I knew the type of frame I was looking for, I had been in the optical business over 20 years and working with children was my specialty. Yet my own daughter proved to be my biggest challenge.

I can see some changes in the frame such as lower mounting of the bridge to bring the lenses up. What other changes did you make and how does it improve the functionality of these frames?

The answer to having a frame fit Erin correctly seemed so simple to me. I needed something with a lower bridge and temples attached to the eye wire. The frame also needed to be wide enough to fit the temple area with out pushing against the sides of her face. I also found every frame I tried on her had temples way too long. That all seemed so simple to fix. Parents will see the difference of how this frame fits on their child immediately. Having a frame that is positioned and fits correctly means improvement in the child’s vision, less fussing with the glasses and a happier child.

How long did it take to go from idea to frames you can distribute?

The idea that something needed to be done came to me the first time I went searching for the a frame for Erin. I had experienced all aspects of optical except the manufacturing of a frame. It took me 4 years to get someone to take my idea seriously. I would contact a company , send them my drawing and they would return them redesigned to look like a typical frame on the market today. I finally found a company whose CEO called me and talked to me and finally understood what I wanted to accomplish. I heard from other companies I talked to that there wasn’t a big enough need for them to help me! I was not giving up.

Did you try several prototype models on Erin before arriving at the final product? What was that like?

I had an E-mail list of parents interest in the frames saved for a couple years. The list stretched across the U.S and as far away as Belgium. When the prototypes came in I searched my list and picked several children out to offer them the frames to try. The response was everything I hoped it would be.

I’m sure that you have gotten great feedback from children and parents. What has been your most memorable so far?

It brings tears to my eye when I hear how happy the parents and children are. My Sister summed it up with a comment she posted on About.com, when SPECS4US was posted as the site of the day:

Terri Dellapina says:
When I first saw my Niece Erin we all knew she was an angel gift from above and with that comes a special mission. My sister recognized Erin’s mission here on earth and is now able to share that with the world. Behold ERIN’s WORLD through SPECS 4 US !

Do you have plans for other frames or other products?

Erin’s world is expanding all the time. More sizes and styles are due in shortly and will keep coming in. My goal is to fit infants through adults. I think glasses should look like an accessory not a necessity. Also to have Clip-on sunglasses to add to the frame line in the future.

I have one more question: If there was just one thing that you wanted my readers to know, what would it be?

That our mission is to improve the sight and quality of life for Children with Down Syndrome by providing custom frames to fit their unique needs. If any parent knows of a child whose family can’t afford to get them glasses, please let us know. I would like to try and help.

Thanks so much for your time Maria. I hope the line is very successful and can benefit many children!

Specs 4 Us

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I have recently been made aware of a wonderful new line of eyeglasses frames called Specs 4 Us.

Their Mission: To improve the sight and quality of life for children with Down Syndrome by providing custom frames that fit their unique needs.

I have seen many patients with special needs and I know how difficult it can be to find glasses that work well. These frames are designed specifically for these patients and they work well, as shown in the picture below.

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We do not have these frames in the office yet, but we can order them; we hope to have a selection soon. In the meantime, please check out the official site for more information.

Be Well!

Dr. Nate

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

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