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How to Keep Glasses from Getting Foggy

Whether you live in a cold climate or have visited one in the winter, you have probably seen someone who just walked in from the cold outdoors sporting glasses that are no longer transparent, or perhaps you’ve experienced it yourself.

Why Do Glasses Fog Up?

There are several factors that cause your glasses to fog up — one of which is ambient heat, in other words, the actual temperature in your surrounding environment. Eyelashes that touch the lens can cause fogging, as well as tight-fitting frames that touch the cheeks (many plastic frames cause this problem), which impede proper airflow. Lastly, high humidity and the sweat and moisture that accompany overexertion/ exercise can also trigger foggy lenses.

Ultimately, glasses cloud over due to moisture in the air condensing on the cold surface of your lenses.

Now that you know the most common reasons why your glasses fog up, it’s time to read about some possible solutions. Below are a few tips to help keep your lenses clear year-round.

6 Tips to Steer Clear of Cloudy Specs

1. Invest in Anti-Fog Coating

Anti-fog coating blocks out moisture that would normally stick to your lenses, by creating a surface layer that repels water and mist. An optician applies the treatment to both sides of the lens in order to prevent fogging so you can see clearly in any climate or environment.

Ask us about our proven anti-fog treatment for your glasses and be on your way to clearer vision, all the time.

2. Use Anti-Fog Wipes, Sprays, or Creams

Commercial anti-fog products are an alternative to lens coatings. These products, typically sold in either gel or spray form, are specially designed to prevent condensation and moisture from building up on your lenses. Apply the product as directed on the packaging and remove it with the supplied cloth, wipe or towelette. If a cloth wasn’t included in the box, use a scratch-free cloth.

Aside from the gel or spray, you can use anti-fog wipes. These pre-treated napkins are perfect for those who are on the go.

3. Move Your Glasses Further Away from Your Face

Eyeglasses tend to trap moisture and heat, particularly if they are positioned close to your eyes or face, which increases the buildup of fog on your lenses. Consider adjusting the position of your eyewear by pushing your glasses slightly further down your nose. It will stimulate proper air circulation, thereby reducing fog accumulation.

4. Wear Your Seasonal Accessories Wisely

If the weather cools down, try not to wear too many layers, to prevent overheating and producing sweat, which can make your glasses to fog up more. Wear only the necessary amount of clothing to stay warm. If you’re wearing a scarf, consider one with an open weave or a more breathable material to let the air pass through.

5. Avoid Abrupt Temperature Changes

Allow your eyewear to acclimate to changes in temperature. If you are moving from an environment that is cold into one which is warm and humid, try to let your glasses adjust accordingly.

For instance:

  • As you enter a building, stand in the doorway for a minute or two as the temperature slowly transitions from cool to warm.
  • When in the car, gradually adjust the heat, particularly when your hands aren’t free to simply remove your glasses and wipe off the fog.

Fogged up glasses are not only irritating but can also be dangerous, especially for those who drive, ski, or operate machinery. So make sure to take the necessary precautions, especially as the weather changes.

6. Swap Glasses for Contact Lenses

If contacts are an option for you, you might want to wear them on those cold days, to avoid foggy glasses syndrome (yeah, that’s a made-up term).


Want to keep your glasses from fogging up? Speak with Dr. Knighton. At Bright Eyes Family Vision Care in Tampa, we can advise you about a variety of contact lenses, anti-fog treatment and other solutions to help you see clearly— any day.

Bright Eyes Family Vision Care Now Featuring Tomato Eyeglasses for Kids!


Dr. Nate’s note: Don’t forget we the only location in Tampa that has Tomato Glasses in stock! Come get them at the Great Glasses Play Day Sunday August 4!

My 5-year-old daughter wears glasses. I want her to pick out her own frames – ones that not only look cute, but also fit well and feel comfortable all day.

For a parent searching for the perfect pair of eyeglasses for your child, the options can be confusing. You’ll see plenty of children’s eyeglass frames, but which will your child actually wear and last longer than the ride home? I have an answer for you.

From my personal experience as a parent and working with young children, Tomato Active frames are the best option for fun and function. Why?

  • Tomato Active frames are made just for infants, toddlers, and kids. Made from a lightweight safety plastic material, Tomato Active frames are durable and flexible. These frames are great for the playground, even sturdy enough to sleep in without breaking or getting bent out of shape.
  • Tomato Active frames WILL fit your child perfectly! Rubber temple tips (pieces that go around the ear) are comfortable and we will adjust them to fit behind your child’s ear just right – not too long or too tight! Nose pads come in 3 different sizes to ensure a proper bridge fit. Every frame comes with a useful strap that does not rub, pull, or irritate your child’s head.
  • Tomato Active frames are cute and colorful. From flowers and cars to simple pastels, your child will find something to fit their personality.
  • Tomato Active frames are a great value – affordable and long-lasting!

One parent brought her kid in to Bright Eyes because his glasses were constantly falling down. A Tomato active frame was adjusted to fit him perfectly, so it didn’t slide down his face. His mom loved it so much, she bought a second pair!

Here at Bright Eyes, each child is evaluated individually to make sure every pair of glasses they receive are fitting correctly. It is important that the glasses stay in place, because kids tend to look over the top of slipping glasses instead of pushing them back up where they belong. And kids are far likelier to wear glasses if they like them!

But you do not have to take my word for it. Look at this email I got from a happy parent:

Big THANK YOU to JADE for all her help today getting some TOMATO frames ordered for my daughter! She was friendly, helpful and efficient and I just wanted to let you know I appreciated her! Thanks for employing outstanding staff! I look forward to getting my daughters first pair of frames!

Thanks Again!

Bring your child to Bright Eyes Family Vision Care, where our main concern is your child’s eye care needs.

Jade Kowalick,
Children’s Frame Specialist

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Bright Eyes Family Vision Care is Moving!

For the announcement you’ve all been waiting for….

Bright Eyes is Moving! (but not far!)

In January 2012, Bright Eyes will be moving around the corner to a larger office space! As many of you know, we are a tiny office with just one exam room, which means it can be difficult to get an appointment sometimes. There is so much we want to do, but just didn’t have the space to do it. We love Westchase and didn’t want to go far! So, we are staying in West Park Village – in the same “L-shaped” building – but moving to the Linebaugh Avenue side. The new address will be 9912 West Linebaugh Avenue, Tampa, FL 33626. We will be in between the Sylvan Learning Center and West Park Dental Associates, just around the corner from the Starbucks. Here is the foursquare venue.

Our new office will have 2 exam rooms and a much larger Vision Therapy room. We will have a greater variety of eyeglasses and sunglasses (including some new frame lines!), and we will have more places to sit comfortably. Our goal has always been to provide quality eye care and excellent customer service, but wait time for appointments can get long, especially if we have any eye care emergencies. I think this change will help us serve more patients with less wait time!

It is not much to look at now….


But the new Bright Eyes office will be bigger, bigger, and more organized than ever before. Stay tuned for pictures of our progress, and look for our Grand Opening in 2012!!

– Cristina Bonilla-Warford, Office Manager

Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.
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Dr. Nate’s TV News Segment About Children’s Vision and VSP’s EyePledge program

It is not everyday that a television news crew comes to Bright Eyes, so when we were given the opportunity we were very excited. We got to the office extra early and made sure everything was ready. The subject was children’s vision and the importance of annual eye exams for kids. Children can have a variety of vision problems that interfere with learning, including difficulty seeing clearly, problems focusing and moving their eyes, and difficulty making sense of what they see. For some children, glasses are sufficient to solve their visual problem. For others, Vision Therapy, a series of therapeutic activities, is necessary to ensure the eyes are working properly.


The video also goes into detail about the excellent program called the Eye Pledge that for every Eye Pledge taken, VSP Vision Care will donate an eye exam and a new pair of glasses to a child served by the Boys and Girls Club – up to 50,ooo children. The Eye Pledge is easy to take and doesn’t cost you a thing! Take the Eye Pledge now and help a child. One of the great things about it is that you can specify if you want the donation to go to a child from a Boys and Girls Club in your area or to an area with the greatest need.

To read more and take the Eye Pledge visit:

Has your child had an eye exam? They should be a standard part of the Back to School Checklist! If you have questions about children’s vision or children’s eye care, do not hesitate to call us at 813-792-0637.

Dr. Nate

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

What is so special about Lightec eyewear?

Here at Bright Eyes, we are proud to offer unique, high-quality eyewear. We are excited to announce that Lightec is our newest line of frames. Made by Morel in France, these glasses continue our tradition of offering high quality and good-looking eyewear!

The name LIGHTEC comes from “lightness” and “technology” which allows for maximum comfort. The lightweight stainless steel frames offer flexibility and durability. The high-tech spring hinges have no screws or internal hinges, meaning they are strong and secure. Lightec frames are available in a variety of eyeglass styles – full metal frame, semi-rimless and fully rimless – for men and women looking for fashion-forward, immediately comfortable frames.

We also feature the Lightec Carbon fiber frames – the temples are made with composite carbon and glass fiber materials for an amazing high-tech look. Take a look:

Lighttec Carbon Eyeglasses

Stop by Bright Eyes Family Vision Care for our Eyewear Show on February 12 to see the whole Lightec collection, and save 25% off Lightec glasses – frames and lenses! If you buy any 2nd pair, you will receive 50% off the lesser priced frame. (Prescription or non-prescription sunglasses included!)

And if you bring a friend to the show, you will receive an extra $25 off your purchase. We would love to show them our optical and give them a chance to meet our optometrist, Dr. Bonilla-Warford.

Cristina Bonilla-Warford
Office Manager
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.


Announcing the Bright Eyes Holiday Second Pair Sale!

christmas-ornaments-2Holidays are here at Bright Eyes! We have started our Christmas play-list and began decorating the office.

And we are happy to announce the Bright Eyes Holiday Second Pair Sale. Any time during the month of December, if you purchase a pair of glasses you will save 50% on a second pair purchased that day. That includes frame and lenses.

And this is good for any frame in the store with no restrictions. This includes prescription and non-prescription sunglasses. Because, let’s face it, in Florida EVERYONE needs a good pair of sunglasses. Or maybe you want a pair of reading glasses or computer glasses. Or glasses with a little more bling for going out. Whatever you want.

All you have to do is tell us when you are ordering your glasses! It is that easy! And don’t forget, all this counts toward Flex and HSA accounts, too.

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:


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, 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


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.


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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2 Short Videos on Eyeglass Care

Below are two short videos on eyeglass care. I don’t know who this optician is, but I’m sure that he wanted to make these videos because he says these things over all day, every day. As with anything else, if you take take of your glasses, they will last longer.



Dr. Nate

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


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