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Our Practice 2017-07-17T21:25:51+00:00

Progressive Eyecare Team

Our progressive eyecare team is dedicated to providing non-corporate, problem solving comprehensive vision and eyecare services in a warm professional environment.

We are committed to the highest ethical standards, advanced instrumentation, and the development of long-term relationships with our patients and their families.

Leading the Ophthalmic Field

  • Specializing in difficult therapeutic contact lens care for Keratoconus, Post-corneal Transplant and Post LASIK/RK
  • Providing on-site manufacturing for 1 hour service on glasses
  • Providing quality products at competitive prices
  • Offering excellent service in a friendly environment
  • Employing highly trained and licensed opticians
  • Leading the industry in style and fashion

Founded in 1971

Our Practice History

Coast Contact Lens Co. was founded in 1971 by Stephen Downs OD at our present location in Huntington Beach, California.

About Dr. Downs

Dr. Downs partnered with Dr. Ewell to form the Hydracon Corporation, where many early soft lens developments were pioneered. Dr. Ewell worked in the late 60’s with Otto Wichterle, a biochemist from Czechoslovakia who is considered the “Father” of the soft contact lens industry. Dr. Wichterle is famous for discovering HEMA, the material we continue to use today to make soft contact lenses.

In 1979, Dr. Downs pioneered with Dr. Ewell a unique soft lens design for correcting astigmatism known as the toric soft lens.

Dr. Blaze joins Coast Contact Lens Co.

In 1982, Dr. Blaze joined Dr. Downs, focusing his work on FDA clinical studies for approval of the Hydracon soft toric lens. The lens was approved in 1983 and today is still considered one of the premier toric designs in the industry.

Dr. Blaze becomes new owner of the clinical practice

In 1987, Dr. Downs sold his clinical practice to Dr. Blaze, allowing him to focus on his expanding contact lens manufacturing business with over 200 employees and a growing base of doctors who specialized in contact lens fitting. A few years later Dr. Downs sold his well known manufacturing business to CooperVision.

Under Dr. Blaze’s ownership, the business has focused on problem solving eye care. He utilizes the 3900 square foot facility to include a clinic and manufacturing labs for spectacle lenses and rigid gas permeable contact lenses.

The practice has continued focusing on specialty contact lens fitting, but has expanded by providing therapeutic eye disease treatment and diagnosis, pediatric eyecare, management of laser vision surgery patients and an optical dispensary with over 600 frames.