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This is a blog for Bright Eyes Family Vision Care, an Optometric practice in Tampa, FL that is owned by Nathan Bonilla-Warford, O.D., F.A.A.O. Most of my patients know that I like to share information. This will be an additional way for me to share news about events and changes at Bright Eyes and discuss new developments about vision care. I like feedback, so feel free to leave comments!

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Eyecatching EmPower Eyewear

If you haven’t heard yet, Bright Eyes Family Vision Care will be one of a few select offices in Tampa to carry the latest in eyewear technology: emPower Eyewear. These state-of-the-art glasses utilize a layer of liquid crystals that are activated electronically with just a touch or swipe of the finger to the temple, to create a near-focus zone. If you already wear progressives, you know of their shortcomings, such as peripheral blur, small computer and reading zones, and dizzying “swim” that is naturally created when blending the different zones together. Now, you don’t have to settle for these drawbacks.

The emPower lens will do just that; empower you with the latest technology to see clearly in all distances and in all situations. To help you understand the technology a bit and to see just how these lenses can benefit you and your lifestyle, the folks at emPower have launched a new interactive website at empowereyewear.com. There you will find out what life-activated really means. Under the How It Works tab, you will learn that tapping the temple once will manually turn the near-zone on and tapping a second time will turn it off, while swiping that same temple will activate the automatic mode which uses an accelerometer to turn the near zone on and off in response to head tilt. You can also see examples of the clarity of vision you can achieve in tricky circumstances like walking down stairs and playing golf under the Advantages tab.

The entire Bright Eyes staff is very excited to be able to offer this type of cutting edge vision in the near future. Stay tuned for announcements of when these glasses will go live here at Bright Eyes!

All the best,

Justin Schoonover, CPO

Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.
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Keep Your Eye on the Ball

Photo by Jeremy Bronson

Most people, especially us in Florida, are at a constant battle with glare from the sun. Some feel that they struggle more so than others. Well, if you have blue eyes it may not be all in your head. This recent NY Times article highlights the effects of bright sunlight on eye iris color.

Since baseball records every stat that any fan can think of, it isn’t unusual that definitive statistical data was pulled to show that blue-eyed batters achieve a lower hitting percentage during day games than night games. This is because darker irises are more proficient in filtering out glare than lighter eyes. Glare can cause difficulty for a batter when trying to track the baseball from the pitcher to the plate. The batting percentages of Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers and Jason Bay of the Mets were used to show that the disparity can sometimes be extreme. For example, Hamilton’s career stats showed the most shocking difference, with a daytime average of .240 and a nighttime average of .344.

Some blue-eyed batters use colored contacts to filter glare and give a greater contrast to the ball, while most incorporate sunglasses of varying density to provide glare reduction for an array of lighting conditions. While it’s critical for professional athletes to do whatever it takes to perfect their game, it is just as critical for all of us non-pros to think about reducing glare, especially during activities like driving when glare can mean a fender bender or worse. So if you’ve been thinking about getting a nice pair of sunglasses for fashion or function, keep in mind that Bright Eyes is having a Sunglass Sale for the entire month of July. Come in to receive 30% off all Costa Del Mar and 20% off all other sunglasses.

All the best,

Justin Schoonover, CPO

Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.
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Looking in the Mirror

Well, summer is officially here and the sun isn’t letting up. Most of our patients are already aware of the necessity of sunglasses for comfort and protection against harmful UV rays. Polarized lenses are the perfect way to achieve both of these along with clarity of vision and glare reduction. However, most people are unaware of an additional lens treatment that can assist in all of these areas.

Mirror coatings are lens treatments that have long been viewed as cosmetic only. Indeed they are a perfect way to customize your lenses to either make a statement or to show style and individuality.  Mirror coatings are made up of either a thin layer of metal or several alternating layers of dielectric material. This causes intense light rays to reflect off the surface of the lens reducing glare and lowering light transmission. The end result is less eye fatigue and clearer vision.

There are many options for the sunglass wearer who wants to incorporate a mirror into their sunwear. Flash mirrors have just a hint of reflectivity for those that want the benefits of a mirror without the look of a Texas police officer!  Full mirrors are much more reflective and tend to block the view of the wearer’s eyes. Solid mirrors offer the most glare reduction, while gradient and double-gradient offer protection from glare above and below for activities such as biking, hiking, and boating. They also come in a variety of colors so that you can customize your lenses to match your style or personality.

If you’re unsure if mirror lenses are right for you, just stop by Bright Eyes to try a few on! And stay tuned for the announcement of the upcoming Sunglass Sale!!

All the best,

Justin Schoonover, CPO
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.
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