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How Will Google Glass Affect Our Vision?

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Ever since the first Google Glass concept video (above) was posted in in early 2012, I have been excited about the technology and it potential uses. The idea of hands-free video recording and real-time, hyper-local, cloud-based (and other fancy hyphenated terms) interaction is extremely appealing.

But although Glass may be extremely cool, there are concerns about privacy which are now being addressed. Although it isn’t much different from a cellphone camera, something about a person wearing them as glasses is creepier. Some businesses have already banned Glass, but that may be more for the attention than anything else.

Additionally, possible visual issues may arise from Glass use. There doesn’t appear to be issues with eye damage from wearing Glass. There may be minor eyestrain for some people from looking above the horizon. The biggest the splitting of visual attention. After all, it is only possible to pay attention to one image at time. It is this attention splitting concern that is responsible for warning against wearing Glass while driving and other potentially dangerous activities.

There have been a few recent videos out that addressed Glass and vision. The first was taken by Trey Ratcliff of his Optometrists, Dr. Danielle Pretty. She describes Glass and her impressions of the location and effect of Google Glass display.

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The second video comes from Dr. Isaac Porter, of Lowry Porter Ophthalmology who interviews a Glass Explorer and talks about the visual adjustment to Glass and shows the first formal visual field assessment with Glass on.

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Are you a Glass Explorer? I’d love to check it out and talk with you about the visual implications of Glass – connect on GPlus, or email me at Doc@BrightEyesTampa.com!

 

All the best!

Dr. Nate

By Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
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Our Virtual Tour Scavenger Hunt

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It is the brand new Google Virtual Tour!

As you may know, a year ago we moved a few hundred feet into our new space. We love the new office and get compliments on it all the time. Well, we are very excited to be able to show off the new space not just in person, but from the comfort of your computer, tablet or cell phone!

And because we are SO EXCITED about our new Virtual Tour, we are holding a virtual scavenger hunt! Use it to look around the office and see if you can find the answers to these questions:

  1. Name 3 brands of glasses you can buy at Bright Eyes.
  2. How many Bright Eyes green coffee mugs can you find?
  3. Dr. Nate is sitting somewhere in the office. Where is he?
  4. What stuffed animal can you find?
  5. Name 3 differences between the exam rooms.
  6. What the jersey number of the football player on the plaque in waiting area?
  7. How many prescription swim goggles are on display at the counter?
  8. What image can you find in the 3D poster in the hallway?
  9. In West Park Village, what are our two neighbors?
  10. How many plants can you find inside the office?
  11. Where is the light bulb that is out?
  12. What is the brand on the glowing tower in the optical?
  13. What is Dr. Nate’s alma mater?
  14. Where do we keep the trampoline?
  15. What is your favorite part of the office?

Answer as many or as few of the questions as you want. Some are easier than others! The person with the most correct answers will win FREE SUNGLASSES! You can choose from Polaroid, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Coach, Nike, and others! Summer is coming up and you know you want them!!

Just enter your answers here. You have until Friday, 4/19 to enter. Then we will announce the winner!

Oh, and while you are at it, consider leaving a review of Bright Eyes, if you are so inclined. 🙂

By Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
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Dr. Nate Interviewed about Google Glass

If you have even a tiny interest in either technology or eyewear, then you sure have heard about Google Glass. If you aren’t familiar, they are glasses that capture and display information for you. Think Geordi Laforge’s visor from Star Trek Next Generation. Better yet, watch this concept video from Google:

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Mashable interviewed me to get an eye doctor’s take on the new glasses. While very few people have seen working examples of Google Glass, including me, I have read quite a lot about them and talked to people with experience with it. While the technology is undoubtedly very, VERY cool, there are two concerns from a visual stand-point.

The first is physical – our eyes are not best suited to the set up of the device. Even though it is a Heads Up Display, you do have to look up and out at the image, potentially causing eye strain and can result in symptoms including headaches, burning, gritty eyes, back and neck pain and short-term difficulty focusing in the distance after long periods of computer work.

The second is mental – people can only pay attention to one thing at a time. So if they are watching their Google Glass display, they are not watching the world around them. Additionally, some people have a very hard time simultaneously processing visual information while controlling their body movements (such as walking).

Click on the image below to read the entire article:

Why Google Glass Could Be Bad For Your Eyes

I can’t wait to get a pair and try them out for myself. Google is running a contest to select people who want to purchase Google Glass early.

Dr. Nate

By Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.
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Bright Eyes Family Vision Care is now on Google+

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I’ve been using Google+ for a few months now, and I must say…. I like it. I like the ease of organization, I like the layout and interface. I especially like that it interfaces so well with Gmail and other Google services that I use all day. I especially like that it provides an option for those, like me, who do not want to use Facebook. In short, I am a big fan of Google+. (You can find me on Google+ here).

Along with many others, I have been waiting patiently for Google+ Pages, which allow companies, brands and other non-people to have a presence on Google+ and interact with other users. So when I saw online yesterday that Google+ Pages were now available, we jumped at the chance. The pages are so easy to set up, that it only took minutes to complete.

So, at long last, here is the Bright Eyes Google+ Page:

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I’m pretty sure we were the first eye care provider to have a Google+ Page, which is always exciting. We have joined some pretty cool folks with new Google+ Pages worth checking out:

We are excited to have this new opportunity to share information about eyes, vision, and the local Tampa community. Now that we have it, what should we do with it? What would you like to see on our Bright Eyes Google+ Page?

Dr. Nate

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

Yelp is Official in Tampa!

At Bright Eyes we try to stay ahead of the game when it comes to social media. We’ve had the blog for about 4 years now. We have fun with Facebook and Twitter. When foursquare was available in Tampa, I was one of the first local bloggers to write about it. As turned out, that was pretty successful.

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Well, I am excited to share the news that Yelp is official in Tampa! If you are not familiar with it, Yelp is a social online business review site. People use the site to help decided where to go and then share opinions about their experiences afterward, good and bad. You can read a more detailed explanation on my Westchase Patch blog here.

I have been using Yelp personally since early 2009 and have found it to be a lot of fun. We’ve also established a Bright Eyes account and have been offering Yelp discounts and check-in rewards check in for a quiet a while. But now that we have an official Tampa Yelp representative, we have lots of more options includingReviews of the Day, Newsletters, and official events. So get excited! This is yet more validation that we have a thriving tech scene in Tampa. It is something we should be proud of and continue to develop!

If you have any questions about how yelp works either for consumer business, don’t hesitate to let me know.

(PS: I’m still excited about Google Plus! If you haven’t had the opportunity to try it out yet, let me know and I will get you an invite as soon as I can.)

Dr. Nate

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