On Saturday, July 21, Bright Eyes joined the Tampa Bay Homeschool Conference as an exhibitor, promoting children’s eye exams. Dr. Nate and Cristina spoke with many concerned parents and educational professionals, and even a few of our patients. We answered a variety of questions, such as “When should my child have their first eye exam?” and “My child is struggling with reading – Could it be a vision problem?“.
Answer #1: Now! The American Optometric Association recommends regular eye exams starting at age 1, but definitely by age 5.
Answer #2: Yes, but you will only find out when you have your child’s eyes checked by a children or family specialist.
The conference, sponsored by the Florida Parent Educators Association (FPEA) included a variety of instructional and inspirational workshops, and an exhibit hall full of book vendors and local businesses that offer specialty services for homeschool families. I think we were able to encourage a lot of families to seek eye care in their areas! And we had a great time. We look forward to participating in future homeschool conferences and encouraging parents to have their children’s eyes
I just got back from a trip to Orlando for the annual Florida Parent Educators Association (FPEA) Convention and it was great! If you are not aware, FPEA supports the vibrant homeschooling community in the state of Florida. Many of our patients homeschool so I had heard about this convention for the last couple of years. Last year my colleague, Jenna Williams-McDermed, O.D. (Dr. Jenna), exhibited at the convention and lectured about how vision affects learning. I was excited about her experience and decided this year to join her.
Edna, our vision therapist, and I attended the conference and it was great. It was held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, which essentially contains a conference center. There were several huge lectures and many smaller ones on all kinds of subjects related to learning and homeschooling.
I was able to answer a lot of questions about vision and learning and what vision therapy is like, which I always enjoy. It was especially nice to see many patients as well as other professionals I know. I bought a few activity books for Nora and a neat book called “Kids Love Florida.”
Overall, the FPEA conference was a great experience. We plan on making it an annual visit for Bright Eyes! Maybe we will see you there!
Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.