Dr. Blaze was born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Anaheim. He received his Bachelor of Biological Sciences from California Lutheran University in 1978. He then attended the Southern California College of Optometry.
Following this, Dr. Blaze pursued his research and development interests at the Cornea and Contact Lens Research Unit, University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He extensively 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 the Coast Contact Lens Company. In 1982, as optometric clinical director, he worked on the FDA study for the approval of the Hydracon contact lens.
In 1987, Dr. Blaze purchased the clinical practice of Stephen Downs OD, founder of Coast Contact Lens Company, and focused his private practice on specialty contact lenses. He has continued to be involved in new products 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, Dr. Blaze worked part-time with Summit Technologies, the first company to introduce an FDA-approved excimer laser for refractive eye surgery. He was involved with pre and post-operative care in the early phases of laser surgery development.
He has successfully managed laser surgery patients with the best laser centers and surgeons in Orange County since introducing the excimer laser.
Dr. Blaze enjoys surfing and softball and has recently picked up golfing. He and his wife Rhonda also like to travel and backpack together!
Carlin Tran, OD, Optometrist
Dr. Carlin Tran grew up in Orange County and studied Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine for her undergraduate degree. She graduated from Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry with her Doctorate in Optometry. In addition, Dr. Tran has her certificate in Regulatory Affairs & Compliance for Pharmaceuticals.
Dr. Tran has completed externships in different modes of practice, including Neuro-Optometry, vision therapy, Indian Health Services, and community health hospitals. She is licensed in the use of diagnostic and therapeutic pharmaceutical agents and is certified by the National Board of Optometry in the treatment and management of ocular disease, including glaucoma. Dr. Tran has a strong passion for serving the community in which she grew up and is especially dedicated to specialty contact lens fits and myopia control as part of providing comprehensive eye care.
Dr. Tran is fluent in English and has basic knowledge of Spanish and Vietnamese. In her spare time, she loves traveling and trying her hand at film photography.
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