Making Waves in Optometry
Coast Optometry has served Orange Country and its surrounding areas for over 50 years. Our team is dedicated to providing the highest level of eye care to you and your family.
We take pride in using the most advanced technology available to help diagnose, treat, and maintain the health of your eyes. Our doctors and staff take the time to get to know you so we can better provide personalized vision care to fit your lifestyle.
The History of Our Practice
Coast Contact Lens Company 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 use today to manufacture 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 the Coast Contact Lens Company
In 1982, Dr. Blaze joined Dr. Dows, 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 fittings. A few years later, Dr. Downs sold his well-known manufacturing business to CooperVision.
Dr. Blaze continues to focus 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.