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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

Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
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Bright Eyes Supports Little Strides Fitness

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At Bright Eyes Family Vision Care, we love kids, community, and health. And that is why we are a big supporter of Little Strides Fitness! Little Strides Fitness is a Westchase-based enrichment program offered in schools around the Tampa Bay area. The age-appropriate lessons promote fitness, wellness, and fun. They emphasize the following areas:

Fitness – fundamentals to develop motor skills, coordination, balance and strength.

Wellness – lessons teach basics in nutrition, safety and other healthy habits.

Fun – the right combination of activities allow kids to laugh, play and just be kids.

I think this is wonderful, because being outside and being active is an important aspect of having a healthy, normally-developed vision system. Reading books and using digital devices can provide excellent brain stimulation, but there is no substitute for good ole’ outdoor fun. That is why Bright Eyes has sponsored one of the Little Strides Kickball teams.

Research has shown that spending time outdoors is helpful in limiting worsening eye glasses prescriptions. So spending time outside playing kickball is a great idea.

But the Florida sun is bright and you want to be protected from UV rays. So wear sunscreen and sunglasses! To help out, Bright Eyes donated sunglasses to all the Little Strides Kickball players. Here is a picture of Team Bright Eyes sporting their shades. Here is a Vine of Team Bright Eyes in action.

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Little Stride Team Bright Eyes


And don’t forget! Sunday, August 4th is the Great Glasses Play Day! Tons of activities for kids (and grown-ups!). Free sunglasses (like those above) for all kids!

All the best!

Dr. Nate

By Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
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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.

Great Glasses Play Day is Almost Here!

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The Great Glasses Play Day, which is being held August 5th and this upcoming week around the word! It is not only a chance for children of all ages with glasses to get together, but also a chance to educate about the important children’s vision and proper eyewear for kids. This fantastic idea is an effort of both my friend Ann Zawistoski from Little Four Eyes site and Kristin Ellsworth from Peeps Eyewear and Prevent Blindness Wisconsin.

You can read lots of good press coverage of the Great Glasses Play Day here. But I am glad to bring you an interview with Ann and Kristin here. Enjoy! – Dr. Nate

Dr. Nate: How did the idea for the The Great Glasses Play Day come about?

Kristin: For me, it came about shortly after my daughter was diagnosed with strabismus and amblyopia. We were thankful her vision impairment was caught early. We had a positive attitude toward our daughter getting glasses. However, many of my friends’ and family’s reactions were less than enthusiastic. I wanted to change that. Our culture has shifted it’s attitude toward getting braces, why not glasses? I am hoping to do that with my ideas for children’s eyewear and I imagined a day when children will be running around parks and schools proudly wearing corrective eyewear and every parent will know about the importance of early child vision health.

Ann: When Zoe first got glasses, I kept hoping I’d run across some kind of play group or get together for kids with glasses, but never really found anything. Then I started Little Four Eyes, and the idea was always at the back of my mind. Here were all these wonderful people with kids in glasses, and we’re all connecting on line, but wouldn’t it be wonderful to get together in person? Especially for our kids who often don’t know other kids their age in glasses. The idea of a day to celebrate kids in glasses came up about year ago in the Little Four Eyes facebook group, so I started asking around if people were really interested. Kristin called me and said she’d always wanted to do something like this, and let’s make this happen! So we ended up combining the ideas, the day is really focused on celebrating our kids with glasses and their improved vision, and what better way to celebrate than to have ways of meeting in person and online?

There are a lot of great messages you are trying to convey about children’s vision and eyewear. If you could narrow it down to one, what would it be?

Kristin: For me, it would be that “it is great to wear to glasses!” I’m hoping we send the message how lucky we are our children’s vision health can be addressed early and that advancements in eyewear enable our children not only to see clearly but express themselves. Many parents are unaware that 1 in 20 preschool children require vision correction. I didn’t know it, and many of my friends didn’t either. The Great Glasses Play Day will hopefully not only be a day to celebrate but also help increase awareness about this important issue.

Ann: It’s similar for me. I hear from so many parents who have just learned that their child needs glasses, and they’re often very upset by the idea. I was too! I think it’s in part because there just isn’t recognition of how prevalent eye issues are and how important it is to treat them. I really want this day to focus (pun intended) on the positives of glasses and contacts and patching. How wonderful that most of these issues are treatable! How wonderful that our kids can see better!

This is truly an international event. How did the event in China get organized?

Kristin: My eldest daughter took mandarin language lessons through her public school. Our family became friends with her tutors and their families who loved the idea of the Great Glasses Play Day so much that they reached out to friends and schools in China.

Are you planning on doing it again next year?

Kristin: Absolutely, and we hope to get help from others! There are so many great ways families, organizations and eyecare providers can celebrate! We hope Great Glasses Play Days will not only be fun but will help put early childhood vision health on everyone’s radar–all over the world.

Ann: I cannot wait to do this again! The response has been great, and I think there’s a lot we can build on in future years! I really hope that we can have more in-person events so that more of us can meet and connect, but I look forward to expanding the online celebrations, too.

Anything else you want to add?

Kristin: I want to thank you, Nate, and all the organizations, companies, and innovators that take the time to help children and their families with their vision health. Every child has a right to see clearly, enjoy the world around them and learn all that they can from an early start. Healthy vision is truly a precious gift.

Ann: In addition to everyone that Kristin mentioned, I’ll add a big thanks to Kristin who has really put so much in to making this happen. I know that there’s no way the Great Glasses Play Day would have become a reality without everything she’s done. And I also want to thank the hosts of the get-togethers around the world. Everyone has been doing this on a volunteer basis.
Kristin: Well, I know there’s no way it would have happened without Ann! She has brought so many parents together through Little Four Eyes and getting our kids together couldn’t have happened without her!

Kids Day at Oleston Chiropractic

When I heard that my friend Dr. Carrie Oleston of Oleston Chiropractic was holding an event for kids, I was intrigued. I will admit that though many of my patients have told me that their children have benefited from chiropractic care, I don’t know a great deal about it. So I encouraged Dr. Oleston to send me some information on the event to share with others. -Dr. Nate

Often, we are asked about children and chiropractic care. It is absolutely safe for a child to receive chiropractic treatment. Your chiropractor is trained to adjust his or her procedures to specifically fit each child’s size, age, weight and spinal health. In many instances, children actually look forward to treatment and enjoy their time with the doctor.

According to the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), children can benefit from chiropractic care. The birth process may be one of the most traumatic events of our lives. Even so-called “natural” birthing methods can stress a still-developing spine. The resulting irritation to the nervous system can be the cause of many newborn health complaints. Colic, unexplained crying, poor appetite, breathing problems, and allergic reactions can often be traced to nervous system dysfunction caused by a malfunctioning spine.

Dr. Oleston will conduct a thorough examination of your child and determine what course of action should be taken. She will also make sure to include you, the parent, in every step of the process. Dr. Oleston is a member of the ICPA and has the proper training to treat your child.

On Saturday, June 16th, Oleston Chiropractic will be having a Kids’ Day event!

For kids ages 0-18!

A great opportunity to have your child’s spine checked! Chiropractic can help stomach, teething, colic, headaches, bed wetting, leg cramps, attitude, trauma, ear aches, colds and adaptation to growth! ALSO, any current pediatric patient of Dr. Oleston will receive a Chiropractic adjustment at no charge!


For more information regarding children and chiropractic treatment, feel free to call Dr. Oleston at 813-443-0504 or email them at Dr. Oleston will be happy to discuss the alternatives for all ages of children!


Bright Eyes Baby Day – May 8, 2010

Join Bright Eyes on Saturday, May 8 for Baby Day!


  • No-cost InfantSEE®eye assessment for your baby!
  • Baby Tweetup!
  • Free Baby Sunglasses
  • Awesome Giveaways
  • A chance to win a gift basket from Mi Bebe!
  • Refreshments

What is Baby Day?Beach Boy by chimothy27

At Bright Eyes Family Vision Care, we love patients of all ages, but the cutest and most cuddly ones are babies. Most parents don’t know that the American Optometric Association recommends the first eye and vision evaluation should be at six months of age. So we have created Baby Day! On this day we will provide no-cost eye exams for babies and educate the public on infant and children’s eye care. See the press release here.

InfantSee Morning (10 a.m to noon)

In the morning, we will be scheduling only InfantSEE® patients. Created by the American Optometric Association, InfantSEE®is a public health initiative to screen babies for potential vision problems. InfantSEE® assessments are offered free of charge to infants between six and twelve months of age. It’s a comprehensive eye exam that evaluates a baby’s vision, eye tracking skills, & overall eye health. Long-time readers may remember my daughter’s InfantSEE® evaluation. Now that Javier is 6 months old, he’ll be joining us on Baby Day for his very first eye exam!

Call soon to schedule, as appointments are limited for Baby Day! (And if you can’t make it May 8, you can schedule an InfantSEE® exam during regular office hours, too!)

Baby Tweetup (1 p.m. to 3 p.m. RSVP on FB here)

Our office is fairly social media savvy and we enjoyed hosting the first Westchase Tweetup last year. If you don’t know, a Tweetup is a real-life gathering of users of social media networks like Twitter and Facebook. Typically these events are lots of fun and are excellent networking opportunities. Well, the Baby Tweetup is no different, except that we are specifically inviting little tykes under 24 months and their families. So if your Facebook page is covered with pics and videos of your little bambino, be sure and stop by. And don’t forget to check in on foursquare. 😉

Open House (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Stop by anytime during throughout the day to say hello and check out all the other cute babies! The first 25 babies get a tote bag with baby sunglasses and other goodies. Parents can register to win a gift basket from Mi Bebe. We’ll also have some light refreshments (sodas, juice boxes for kids, cookies and more) for you to enjoy!


Bright Eyes, Mi Bebe, and My Gym are the current sponsors. However, because we want spread the word about infant vision care as far as possible, we are looking for other people or businesses to sponsor Baby Day! You can be a sponsor by donating give-aways or door prizes or by helping us get the word out! If you are interested in joining us or have any questions, please let me know.

I can’t wait to see all the babies at Bright Eyes! So cute!

UPDATES: First, We will be using the hashtag #BABYDAY to track comments on Twitter. Second, this is becoming a national event! We have eye doctors in California, New York, Indiana, and Utah who will be joining us! Ask your eye doctor if they be hosting any special BABY DAY events!

Dr. Nate

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

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Question for Tampa Kids: What Books do You Love?

qmAs far as I am concerned, the coolest thing a kid can be spotted with is a book. It doesn’t really matter if it is Harry Potter or my daughter’s current favorite, “Llama Llama Red Pajama.”

Now that we have the new kid’s area, we need to fill our kid’s library! What books are popular for kids 12 and under right now? If two of your children saw a stack of books, which one would they fight over?

Please submit a comment, tweet @brightetestampa, or email with any suggestions, so we can have the best stocked kids library in Westchase!

Thanks in advance!

Be Well.

Dr. Nate

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

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