3 TEDx Talks on Vision and Vision Therapy

Ideas Worth Spreading about Vision Therapy

TEDx-logoChances are that you have heard of TED Talks. They are short live presentations designed to inspire awe, wonder, and curiosity. Or, as TED says, “ideas worth spreading.” Initially on the subjects of Technology, Education, and Design (T.E.D.), now talked cover almost every conceivable topic. I highly encourage you to find some mind-blowing Ted Talks to watch.

If you live in a moderately large large city, you probably have TEDx Talks.This is the local, independent version of TED, where everyday people can share what they are passionate about. Several years ago I presented a TEDx talk on the subject of hyperlocal social media and it was a lot of fun.

As the years pass, TEDx talks get better and better.  I am happy to present 3 TEDx talks below about the important of vision and vision development.

 From TEDx Victoria: Overlooking Our Vision

Sight is something many of us take for granted, but as Cameron McCrodan shows, there are many aspects of sight that are simply overlooked – and they can have a massive impact on our quality of life.


From TEDx Lincoln:  Curing learning-related vision problems

Optometrist, Dr. Vicky Vandervort explains what it is like for a person to have eyes that work but do so inefficiently causing the person to exert extreme effort to see. When this occurs, people, especially children, do not realize the drain on their brain.

From Tedx Pioneer Valley: Fixing My Gaze

Susan R. Barry, Professor  at Mount Holyoke College, talks about solving her severe visual problems through vision therapy. “As I began to straighten my eyes and see in 3D, I learned that the adult brain is indeed capable of significant plasticity. Rewiring in the adult brain requires the presence of novel and behaviorally relevant stimuli, the conscious abandonment of entrenched habits, and the establishment, through intense practice, of new ones.”

Enjoy these talks. They are a nice introduction vision therapy and shows why Dr. Beth and I are so passionate about in our work at Bright Eyes Family Vision Care and Bright Eyes Kids.

-Dr. Nate

New Florida Car Seat Rules Go Into Effect Today

My kids are 5 years and 7 years old. They are still in booster seats.  I always thought this  was

Nora in her car seat

Nora in her car seat

pretty reasonable. I also thought this was the law, but I was wrong. Until today, car seats or booster seats were only required for children up to age 3. Now they are required for age 4 and 5, as well.

Here is the official Florida statute:

316.613 Child restraint requirements.

(1)(a) Every operator of a motor vehicle as defined in this section, while transporting a child in a motor vehicle operated on the roadways, streets, or highways of this state, shall, if the child is 5 years of age or younger, provide for protection of the child by properly using a crash-tested, federally approved child restraint device.

1. For children aged through 3 years, such restraint device must be a separate carrier or a vehicle manufacturer’s integrated child seat.
2. For children aged 4 through 5 years, a separate carrier, an integrated child seat, or a child booster seat may be used.
I think this is totally reasonable. In fact, a quick look at the recommendation flyer of the of the National Highway Traffic Safety Association includes recommendation up to age 12: “Keep your child in a booster seat until he or she is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. For a seat belt to fit properly the lap belt must  lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face. Remember: your child should still ride in the back seat because it’s safer there. “

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Bright Eyes Kids Open on Weekends for Children’s Eye Exams & More!

For your convenience, we have added Saturday hours to Bright Eyes Kids for children’s eye exams, vision therapy, and children’s glasses purchase and pick up!

Children's Eye ExamsBright Eyes Kids has come a long way in 2014. From just an idea, to the only optometric office in Florida just for kids! Every month we are making changes to improve Bright Eyes Kids – from adding new equipment to hiring more staff.

And starting in January 2015, we will be making a big change to make it even easier for you to bring your children in – we will be seeing patients on Saturdays! We know that your time is precious. It is not always easy to bring kids in for eye exams, vision therapy, and Orthokeratology follow ups during the week. So starting January 3, 2015, Bright Eyes Kids will be open 9am to 1pm on Saturdays. This is not only for children’s eye exams and specialty services, but also for ordering and picking up infant and children’s glasses.

Note that these weekend hours only apply to Bright Eyes Kids in New Tampa, not Bright Eyes Family Vision Care in Westchase. If you have brought your kids in for an exam at the main office in Westchase, we would be happy to see them at Bright Eyes Kids on Saturdays or Bright Eyes Family Vision Care during the week, whichever is more convenient for you.

Stay tuned for even more announcements of changes and improvements at Bright Eyes Kids. In the meantime, if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment for your child at either office – just call 813-792-0637 and we would be happy to help you. Or go online.  And if you have any suggestions or comments that can make Bright Eyes Kids even better, you can let me know by emailing Doc@BrightEyesTampa.com.


Dr. Nate

Specialists in Children's Eye Exams

Specialists in Children’s Eye Exams