Paul A. Blaze O.D., F.A.A.O.

Dr. Paul A. Blaze

Dr. Blaze was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Anaheim.

He received his BS in Biological Sciences from California Lutheran University in 1978 and was accepted to attend the Southern California College of Optometry.

He then pursued his research and development interests at the Cornea and Contact Lens Research Unit, University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. There he researched the effects of extended wear soft lenses on cornea swelling and the dehydration rates of various soft lens materials. Soon after graduation he joined Stephen Downs OD and Coast Contact Lens Co.

In 1982, as Optometric Clinical Director, working on the FDA study for the approval of the Hydracon contact lens.

In 1987 he purchased the clinical practice of Stephen Downs OD, founder of Coast Contact Lens Co. He has focused his private practice on specialty contact lenses and has continued to be involved in new product and patient studies with Allergan, Alcon and Polymer Technologies. He has been published in several professional journals and continues to lecture at professional meetings.

In 1996 he worked part time with Summit Technologies, the first company to introduce an FDA approved excimer laser for refractive eye surgery. He was involved with the pre- and post-op care in the early phases of the laser surgery development. He has been successfully managing laser surgery patients with the best laser centers and surgeons in Orange County since the introduction of the excimer laser.

Dr. Blaze enjoys surfing, softball and has recently picked up golfing.

He and his wife Rhonda also like to travel and backpack together.


Bachelor of Science Biology,  California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, California – 1974 to 1978

Doctor of Optometry, Southern CA College of Optometry, Fullerton, California – 1978 to 1982

Research Intern (Cornea and Contact Lens Research Unit) (1981 – University of New South Wales, Australia)

Clinical Investigator, Hydracon Daily Toric and Spherical Extended Wear Soft Lenses (FDA approved 1983) (1983 – 1984)

Director of Clinical Studies CoastVision, Inc., S.F. Downs, President (1982 – 1987)

Contact Lens Instructor V.A. Hospital (1985 – Present – Long Beach, California)

Contact Lens Instructor (1985 – Present – U.C. Irvine Medical School, California)

Clinical Investigator for Polymer Technology (1988 – Present – Angelini Pharmaceuticals and Allergan, Inc.)

UCLA / Summit Technologies, Staff Optometrist (1996 – 1998 – Excimer laser patient care.)

Coast Optometry (1987-Present – 5092 Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach, California)

AOA, COA Member (1983 – Present)

Member American Academy of Optometry (1988 – Present)

President, Orange County Optometric Society (1989)

Director, SCCO Alumni Board (1998 – Present)

“Fitting toric soft Lenses in High Astigmats”, pg. 902-4 (December, 1984 – AOA Journal, co-author S.F. Downs, O.D.)

“An Update to Post-Radial Keratometry Contact Lens Fitting”, pg. 46-50 (July, 1986 – Contact Lens Spectrum, co-author M. Hom, O.D.)

“Case Report: Piggyback Fitting with A Toric soft Lens”, pg. 50 (August, 1986, Review of Optometry)

“Open-Eye Corneal Swelling Secondary to Hydrogel Contact Lens Wear”, pg. 27-76 (April, 1988 – Journal of The American Academy of Optometry, Barry Weissman, O.K., Ph.D.)

“Therapeutic Soft Contact Lenses”, pg. 52-56 (May 1988 – Contact Lens Spectrum, co-author Brent Bence, O.C.)

“Refining Toric Soft Lens Correction”, pg. 53-8 (November, 1988 – Contact Lens Spectrum)

“Toric Hydrogel Lens Correction”, chapter 41, pg. 1-11 (1991 – Clinical Contact Lens Practice, editors E. Bennett and Barry Weissman, 1st edition J. B. Lippincott Co., copyright 1991; co-author M. Remba, O.D.)

“Correction of Astigmatism”, chapter 13, pg. 311-361 (1994 – editors E. Bennett and V. Henry, 1st edition J. B. Lippincott Co.; co-author M. Remba, O.D.)

“Rigid Lens Modifications for Keratoconus and Keratoplasty”, pg. 38-43 (September, 1995 – Contact Lens Spectrum, L. Miller, O. D., R. Baxter, co-authors)

“Laser Vision Correction Co-management” pg. 94-99 (April, 2000 – Optometric Management)