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Questions About LASIK? Join us at FREE LASIK Consultation Day – July 18

Do you struggle with the idea of getting LASIK? Maybe you think you want to do it, but don’t even know if you are a candidate? Do you have more questions that you need to have answered in order to feel comfortable making the decision? Well, we can help! On Thursday, July 18, we will be having a FREE LASIK consultation day. TLC Laser Eye Center Customer Care Representative Susan Santangelo will be providing in-depth information about blade-free technology, the cost of LASIK, and of course, the qualifications for LASIK.


  • Is LASIK right for me?

  • How much does it cost?

  • What is “BLADE-FREE” Technology?

A lot of people are tired of wearing glasses; they’re inconvenienced by contacts, and they just want to be able to go to the beach…and see. Stop by on July 18 and get all of your questions answered by the professionals. Call us to make an appointment for this FREE consultation, and find out how you could save $400 for LASIK! This could be a life-changing decision!

You can check out TLC’s website for information on the different types of LASIK.

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All the best!

Dr. Nate

By Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
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Tuesday Night Pig LASIK

On Tuesday I finally completed all of my continuing education (CE) hours required to renew my optometry license. Frequently CE classes mean sitting through a pretty tedious lecture about something that I am pretty familiar with. If I am lucky, I will learn something new. If I am REALLY lucky, I will have some fun, too. Well on Tuesday, I did get lucky. I got to do something that I’ve never done before and will not forget any time soon – I got to practice LASIK at TLC Laser Eye Center!

For accuracy’s sake, a few notes. First, it wasn’t on people, but on pigs…and it wasn’t even on a live pig, just a pig’s eye. Second, I didn’t actually do LASIK to correct the refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism) of the pig’s eye. What I did learn, was how to use a femtosecond laser, the step used in “bladeless LASIK” procedures.


Pig eye holder and surplus pig eyes.

Here are the steps that typically occur in the LASIK procedure:
  1. During a pre-procedure visit, the doctor and staff determine if the patient is a good candidate for LASIK and precisely the amount and type of treatment needed to correct vision.
  2. The patient arrives on the big day and is put at ease in the pre-procedure room. Their eyelashes and eyelids are cleaned, and numbing and antibiotic eye drops are placed in their eyes.
  3. In the procedure room, patient lays down and relaxes. The surgeon uses a computer to track the eye, ensuring that treatment is delivered as determined beforehand.
  4. A special femtosecond laser is used to create a very thin flap of the outer, central layer of cornea.
  5. The surgeon carefully lifts the flap by hand and pulls it back to reveal the treatment area of the cornea.
  6. Another computer-controlled excimer laser is then used to change the shape of the cornea to eliminate refractive error, providing clear vision for the patient.
  7. The flap is carefully replaced and begins healing without stitches.
  8. Several post-procedure evaluations are performed to ensure that the eyes are healthy and the vision is clear.

Me lifting the flap

Me lifting the flap

Since I co-manage LASIK, I get to do steps #1 and #8 regularly. And I have observed the rest of the steps in person several times, but I have NEVER gotten to do steps 4,5,6,and 7 – not even on pig eye. I still haven’t done step 6, but 4, 5, and 7 were pretty cool. What I can say is this: I’ve always had tremendous respect for ophthalmologists that perform LASIK surgery. I look under the microscope at patient’s eyes and see the results every day. But I have even more respect after lifting the LASIK flap and trying to smooth it back down without damaging it! Let me tell, it is a pretty delicate matter. Knowing that the pig didn’t have to worry about the outcome certainly helped.

If you are interested in LASIK, or are wondering if you are a candidate, request an appointment with us or call 813-792-0637.

A huge thanks to TLC Laser Eye Center, Louis Probst, M.D. and Christine Hair, O.D. for arranging this “eye-opening” experience! (I never get tired of eye puns….)

Dr. Nate

Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD

Bright Eyes Family Vision Care

Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.

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Join Us at our Grand Opening – March 7th!


We’ve been hinting at it for months and it is finally here! The brand-new Bright Eyes Family Vision Care, or as I like to call it, Bright Eyes 2.0! Some of you may have stopped in the new space already. If so, you have seen some of the new things we have to show off, as I mentioned in this previous post. But for one special night we are pulling out all the stops for our biggest event ever.

Here are some of the highlights that we have lined up:

  • Win FREE Glasses!
  • Gucci and Kate Spade frame show with 25% OFF
  • Sale on everything 10% to 50% OFF
  • Special Maui Jim sale!
  • LASIK screening with TLC Laser Center
  • Challenge your visual skills with games and challenges
  • Live music!
  • Delicious foodstuffs and beverages!

Join us! – RSVP on Facebook or call at 813-792-0637.

Dr. Nate

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Lasik eye surgery gains popularity in baseball world

I’m not much of a baseball fan, but this article in the St. Pete Times caught my eye:

Lasik eye surgery gains popularity in baseball world

If you are considering LASIK, check out the Benefits and Risks of LASIK. Fortunately, there are some very good LASIK surgeons in Tampa. After a comprehensive eye and vision exam, I can tell you if are a good candiate or not and guide you through the process.

Be Well!

Dr. Nate

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

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The Benefits and Risks of LASIK

I talk to people every day about refractive surgery such as LASIK. A few people are extremely interested, but almost everyone is at least curious about whether or not they are good candidates.

Generally the results of LASIK are very good. But, like any medical procedure, there are risks. Recently, the FDA has been evaluating whether or not some of the severe but unlikely risks are communicated effectively to the public.

Here are some reasons why you might want to consider LASIK:

  • Freedom from Glasses: This is the number one reason people are interested in LASIK. This may be because they don’t like glasses or because they work in environments that make wearing glasses difficult.
  • Freedom from Contacts: Some people can’t tolerate contacts or put the health of their eyes at risk by wearing them. LASIK may be a better option.
  • Improved Vision: In some cases, vision may be better with LASIK than with glasses.

Here are some reasons why you may not be a good candidate for LASIK and what other options you might consider:

  • Eye Disease: It probably goes without saying that if you have eye problems, such as inflammation, infection, injury or diseases of they eyes that LASIK might not be best for you. Glasses are most likely best until the situation is resolved.
  • Large Pupils: If you have very large pupils, you may already notice mild halos or glare at night. This is somehwat like what your vision is like after going swimming at night: all lights have little balls of hazy light around them. If you have large pupils, this will be made worse by LASIK. You should stick with glasses and contacts.
  • Thin Corneas: LASIK works by using a laser to remove tissue from the front, clear part of your eye. If you do not have enough tissue to work with then it is not safe to have LASIK. However, another type of refractive surgery, PRK, may be an option, as well as glasses and contacts.
  • Dry Eye: Because there is cutting involved in LASIK, eyes that are not naturally moist enough may not heal as well. This might affect vision and comfort. Many people who have normal, healthy eyes expereince dryness for a time after LASIK. If you have very dry eyes your best bet is to wear glasses or specialty contacts.
  • Young Age: A person’s vision does not tend to fully stabalize until they are in their 20s. LASIK cannot be done until the prescription is stable. Possible options for children and teenagers include glasses, contacts, and Precise Cornea Reshaping.
  • Older Age: If you are over 40 years of age, you can still get LASIK, but you should know that your near vision will probably be affected.

If you are considering LASIK, be sure to ask your eye doctor what the risks and benefits are for you. I encourage you to shop around. Not for the best price, but for the best doctor who explains everything to you to your satisfaction.

Feel free to email or come in if you have questions about whether LASIK is right for you.

Be Well!

Dr. Nate

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


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