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Good Morning America Shares a Story about How EnChroma Glasses Helped a Color Blind 6-year-old Boy

We have had the EnChroma glasses for a bout a month now and the response has been fantastic. Not only have Tampa Bay patients with color vision problems been wowed by them, we have had people visiting Florida from countries around the world stop by and purchase multiple pairs before their flight home.

If you want to see the effect these glasses can have for the colorblind, check out this heartwarming story as shown on Good Morning America about a young color blind boy’s first experience with EnChroma glasses and seeing the world in “technicolor” for the first time. In the video, Cameron is wearing the EnChroma style Colby in color “Night Sky”!

“It has been amazing,” the overjoyed boy said. “There’s been so much colors and there’s even some that I didn’t know existed.”

https://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/Wellness/tearful-mom-describes-joy-colorblind-son-experience-technicolor/story?id=54439657

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Time also covered the story here: “It has been amazing,” the overjoyed boy said. “There’s been so much colors and there’s even some that I didn’t know existed.”

Is your child, or someone you know, color blind? They can learn more by taking our free, quick online color blindness test.

 

EnChroma is a leading edge optical technology company dedicated to helping the estimated 300 million people in the world with color blindness experience a more colorful world. We apply the latest in lens technology and neuroscience to develop premium eyewear for adults and children with color vision deficiency. For more information, visit EnChroma.com.

-Dr. Nate

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 CLOSING FOR ISAAC!

So…. three day weekend for the Bright Eyes staff. Since it has been announced that the schools are schools, day one of the RNC is cancelled, we’ll be closing Monday and maybe Tuesday. We will be calling patients and helping them reschedule to a time that works for them.

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We’ll keep you posted about Tuesday!

In the meantime, here are some useful links:

TOP 10 THINGS YOU WILL LOVE ABOUT OUR NEW OFFICE!

As many of you (hopefully) know, we are in the process of moving Bright Eyes across the parking lot. Instead of facing Montague St, we will be facing the much busier Linebaugh Ave.

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Why are we moving? It isn’t because we haven’t enjoyed our time at 10108 Montague. We have! The fact is that we have outgrown our current space. We want to provide more and better service and simply won’t be able to do that in our current location – so we are movin’ on over across the parking lot to a larger and nicer location.

What can you look forward to at the new place:

  1. More space! – Over the years we have creatively used every inch of the current space. The Linebaugh location will be 50% bigger and will have two full exam rooms, larger vision therapy room, a pre-testing and contact lens area, and (much the to staff’s delight) an actual breakroom.
  2. More waiting area – Although we try to keep patients from having to wait for long periods of time, there are times when there are more patients and family members waiting than we currently can accommodate. Fortunately, we’ve increased the number of seats at the new Linebaugh location.
  3. Better Reception area – Despite our best efforts, we admit, sometimes there is confusion at the front desk at our old Montague location. The new space will have separate check-in and check-out locations to facilitate the process.
  4. More eyeglass frames! – Fortunately, the new optical is not only gorgeous, but has space for an additional 200 eyeglass and sunglass frames. We have carefully reviewed our selections and have increased the number of premium sunglasses, designer frames, and kids frames.
  5. More vision therapy equipment – For the last several years, there has been some therapeutic equipment that we wanted to purchase, but just didn’t have space. As it is, we have equipment on shelves and stashed away in the exam room. The new, larger vision therapy room has been designed to accommodate the new equipment. This includes an observation window, so that parents and can watch what is going on without being distracting. So great!
  6. Improved patient flow – Because the old office only had one exam room by design, there was a lot “musical chairs”. Believe me, this annoyed me as as much as it annoyed you. The layout of the new office that includes a pre-test area and multiple exam rooms, will allow for less shuffling as well as less waiting.
  7. Fewer outside distractions – As much as we loved our old space, there were a few times when there were disturbances outside of our control. We definitely think that the new space, nestled between Sylvan Learning Center and West Park Dental Associates, will be quieter.
  8. Increased contact lens privacy – Although it was not a problem for most people, learning to insert and remove contacts can be a stressful experience – especially if patients think that other people are watching them. The brand new contact lens area is designed to allow one-on-one interaction between contact lens specialists and patients, away from the optical and waiting area.
  9. Nicer floors – I don’t know if you’ve ever looked at the floors at the Montague office, but they were pretty awful. Painted concrete does not hold up to foot traffic. Well, this time we got lucky! The previous tenants put in gorgeous dark hardwood. We think you will like the look!
  10. West Park Village – Yes, we are thrilled to stay in the Village. We could have moved the office to several other locations, but we love the neighborhood. We’ve become friends with the residents and business owners. We are excited to see the area continue to grow and change.

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We can’t wait to show off the new office! Stay tuned for a grand opening party extravaganza announcement soon! In time, you can see some pictures of the work in progress on the temporary new office foursquare page!

Dr. Nate

Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.
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Free tickets to Tampa Improv!

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Wow, with all the stress and confusion from moving our office to a BIGGER and BETTER location (here’s the skinny, more on that later!) the Bright Eyes staff and I sure would like to blow off some steam! And there is almost nothing better for a good night out than some laughter at live comedy. It has been one of my favorite night time outings for years – especially when we lived in Chicago.

But you don’t have to Chicago, NYC, or LA to see some wicked funny comedy. Thanks to our friends at Improv, you can get your laugh on right in Tampa, and in honor of National Eye Health Care Month (see related post), they’ve graciously given us FREE tickets to hand out! Free funny? What could be better? 🙂

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So even though we are not seeing a full load of patients during our move across the parking lot, please stop in in the week and check out what dates we have left. First come first serve! Each coupon is redeemable for a ticket for two people on a specific night fro a specific performer, so check your calendar in advance.

So there ya, go. Have a great time and be sure to say thanks to the fine folks at Improv for donating the tickets!

Dr. Nate

Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.
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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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Think Your Old Glasses Were Ugly Enough to Win You Some Brand New Ones??

Friday Update:

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At Bright Eyes, we know that contests are fun. So is looking through old family photos poking fun at your hideous glasses. So we thought, why not combine them and host the UGLY GLASSES Contest! We are so sure that some of our patients have been photographed wearing seriously ugly glasses, that we will be giving away a complete designer pair of glasses, prescription lenses and all, to one lucky person! How fun is that?

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Here is what you need to do:

  • Locate a photo of you in some truly atrocious/crazy/ugly-looking glasses.
  • Head over to our Facebook Page!
  • Fill out the form, upload the picture, and tell us why you should win!
  • Get everyone you know to vote for you!

Here are the complete rules:

The Ugly Glasses Contest begins 8:00 AM May 2, 2011 and ends May 30, 2011, at 10:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST). By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees to the rules of the contest.

The Bright Eyes Tampa Ugly Glasses Contest is judged by Dr. Nate and the staff of Bright Eyes Family Vision Care. Photos are judged with no discrimination towards sex, race, or age. Please submit photographs on-line through the contest application. Photos may not be mailed or brought to Bright Eyes Family Vision Care. All decisions are final. Please ensure your information is completed accurately.

One entry per contestant. The winner will be chosen based a number of factors including ugliness of the glasses in the picture, degree of humor or uniqueness of the description of the picture, and level of public support for the picture. Participants are highly encouraged to get friends and family to vote their pictures “thumbs up”.

Winners will be announced on May 31st, 2011. The Grand Prize winner of the free glasses must come in person to Bright Eyes Family Vision Care select the glasses and pick them up. The Second Prize is a $50 gift certificate to Bright Eyes Family Vision Care. The Third Prize is a $25 gift certificate to Bright Eyes Family Vision Care.

Contest may not be combined with vision insurance plans or any other discounts or offers. All participants must be at least 18 years of age. Bright Eyes Family Vision Care may use winning contestants’ name and photo for media promotion. There are no warranties or guarantees implied or assumed. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

Can’t Wait to see those pictures!

Dr. Nate

Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.
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Foursquare Day and the Press Conference with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn

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I can certainly say that it is has been a remarkable journey. If you are not familiar, Foursquare Day started a little over a year ago when I was trying to find a way to have a fun event for Bright Eyes using foursquare and, to my surprise, the idea was very popular. In three weeks, it went global. You can read about happened in 2010 here and the recent story in the Tampa Tribune here.

This year, thanks to volunteers in Tampa and around the world, it was an event greater success. Foursquare Day was officially proclaimed by 19 mayors around the world, including Michael Bloomberg of New York City, and Tampa’s newly elected Bob Buckhorn. Over 1000 parties were held all over the world and money was raised for many great causes such as the Humane Society, Red Cross, food banks, and Japanese disaster relief.

April 16th was a busy one for me. After a few hours of sleep in Houston, TX, where I had spoken the day before to eye docs about Facebook, I flew back to Tampa early. I rushed for an interview for Bay News 9, did some blogging for 4sqday.com and then participated in a press conference with Mayor Buckhorn. It was very cool to spend time with the mayor talking about social media in a relaxed setting, outside by the Sail Pavilion. Then Mayor Buckhorn and I spoke at the podium about the importance of social media and business development, before Mayor Buckhorn proclaimed Jason Cyr the “Foursquare Mayor of Tampa.”

Until next year!

Dr. Nate

Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.
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Tampa Mayor Buckhorn and others to Celebrate Foursquare Day

Wow, what a crazy few days. I’m in Houston, TX for an optometry meeting and Foursquare Day got a nice write up in The Tampa Tribune, which featured a nice pictures of me. Very cool.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn will sign a proclamation naming the Foursquare Mayor of Tampa in honor of Foursquare Day. The event will take place at the Sail Pavilion on the Riverwalk at Tampa Convention Center on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 2:04 p.m.

Mayor Buckhorn, myself and others will speak at the event, held in celebration of Foursquare Day and to help raise awareness about ways social marketing can be used to increase business. Tools such as Foursquare are not only an easy way to promote a business, but it is free, making it an affordable option to add t4SQday11 badgeo a marketing program.

After the real mayor’s event, we’ll be heading over to the Tampa Tap Room for the 4sqday party. Free drinks and give-aways, it will be a lot of fun!

Yesterday Mayor Michael Bloomberg proclaimed April 16th to be Foursquare Day for New York City. As the Huffington Post reports, NYC joins many cities in making Foursquare Day Official. This is all very exciting, the Mashable story even refers to me by name as the originator of Foursquare Day.

And lastly, don’t forget our big Foursquare Day Sale!

Dr. Nate

Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.
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Major Discount for New Yelp Patients!

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We love new patients! We love Yelp! We have a huge offer for Yelpers new to the practice! $50 discount on any purchase or service! You absolutely cannot beat that deal.

Click on the screenshot above for more info. 🙂
Dr. Nate

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