Back to School time is here!

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The Back to School season is one of the busiest for us. In addition to all of the kids who are starting kindergarten who need eye exams, and the kids starting middle school who want contact lenses before they go, we also get high school grads getting their exam before they go off to college and teachers who want to get their exam in before the busy school year starts.

It is an exciting time, full of hope and anticipation, but it so busy for families. Buying school supplies, clothes shopping, getting in pediatrician visits and health screenings for sports, and many other tasks.

But don’t put off the eye exam, if your children haven’t had one in the last year. School is visually challenging and you want to make sure that your kids are ready for the challenge. Or as I like to say, “My job is to make sure that kids’ eyes can keep up with their brains.” (See the video below).

We try to make it has easy as possible for you to check the back to school eye exam off your list. First, we now have a second location, Bright Eyes Kids for you convenience. Second, we know that kids can get anxious about the eye exam (especially eye drops) and we have specially trained staff to make it more fun.

Finally, we have our back to school sale. If your child does need glasses, we know that having a back up pair is crucial. So for August, if you buy a complete pair of glasses for your child, you get a 2nd frame for only $49 (That second frame is basically free!).

If you have any questions about your child’s vision, visual needs, or special care, do not hesitate to call us to help you out.

-Dr. Nate Bonilla-Warford and Dr. Knighton

Maui Jim Event Saturday May 24!

turtlesSummer is coming, and that means that you need a great pair of sunglasses! Seriously. Think I am kidding? I am always amazed when patients tell me that they don’t like sunglasses. I just don’t get it. I LOVE my sunglasses. And you should, too.  Here are 10 reasons why you need some good sunglasses:

First, we live in Florida, also known as the Sunshine State. There is a lot of ultraviolet (UV) radiation in that sunshine. UV exposure increases the risk of cataracts, skin cancer around the eye and, more. UV protection has nothing to do with how dark the lenses are, so they don’t have to be dark to help.

Second, there is a lot of glare out there. The sun is bright, especially when reflecting off the water, road, or other cars. Polarization cuts the glare.

Third through Tenth, Sunglasses are just awesome. They feel good to wear. Cool like James Dean, Tom Cruise, or P. Diddy (depending on your generation).

Some people prefer to wear cheap sunglasses, but here is something you need to know. The optical quality and sometimes even the UV protection is not as good as in real sunglasses. That is why I have Maui Jims – several pairs – in the car, in the house, at work, when I am traveling. And we believe you should have some good sunglasses, too, so we are hosting the 

Maui Jim Sunglass Show

Saturday, May 24 from 10am to 2pm, at the Westchase location. 

Here are some reasons to come to the event:

  • See the entire Maui Jim collection!

  • Receive a $50 gift certificate towards any prescription or non-prescription sunglasses!

  • Pop a balloon for free sunglasses and other great prizes!

  • Saturday appointments available (Yes, Saturday!)

Call 813-792-0637 for questions or to schedule an appointment. Hope to see you there!

Dr. Nate

By Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD

Bright Eyes Family Vision Care & Bright Eyes Kids

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