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Dry Eyes Getting You Down? Tips on Guarding Your Eyes This Cold Season

While it is common to think of winter as the wet season due to the precipitation, the air is really more dry in the colder months, causing your eyes to be irritated more easily.

Our team is here to assist you in selecting the best ways to hydrate your eyes during the arid winter months. While you are indoors you can prevent dryness by using a humidifier. Optometrists advocate using humidifiers in rooms with forced air heating, which can decrease moisture from the environment.

In addition, it’s wise to take extra precautions once you're going outside and will be exposed to the elements. You can further protect your eyes from the elements by putting on a brimmed hat and wearing sunglasses. Always try your best to protect your eyes from the swirling winds to prevent them from drying out your eyes.

If your symptoms become unbearable you may want to consider lubricating eye drops which may help treat the uncomfortable symptoms of dry eyes. Consult with your eye care professional before you start using artificial tears to confirm that they are the right solution for your symptoms.

Remember that if you use contacts you need to be extra careful in the winter. When possible, use rewetting drops often. Lenses are like sponges and need to stay lubricated to retain their shape. If they begin to dry out, the lenses can change shape and stick to the eyeball, causing pain and blurriness. So let your lenses drink up...  and make sure to keep them moisturized this winter. With a little knowledge and preparation, you can avoid the dangers of the cold, dry weather and keep your eyes clear and moisturized all season long!

SOUTH COAST OPTOMETRY UPDATE – JULY 1, 2020

COVID-19 has been and continues to be an ongoing trial for all of us. During this unforeseen time, we ask kindly for your understanding and compliance to the CDC guidelines. In order to decrease the chances of contraction, we are allowing only one parent to accompany their child during the examination. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

We also want to inform you of the new additional symptoms of COVID-19 that have been added to the previous symptoms as potential indicators of having COVID-19:

New symptoms:             Congestion/runny nose
                                           Nausea
                                           Diarrhea

Previous symptoms:       Headache
                                            Fever/chills
                                            Dry cough
                                            Shortness of breath
                                            Fatigue
                                            Sore throat
                                            Muscle/body aches
                                            New loss of taste or smell

Please be aware that a person does not have to have all of these symptoms but anyone or multiple symptoms can be an indicator of having COVID-19. If you or any family members are experiencing any of the above symptoms, we kindly ask that you reschedule your appointment and contact yourprimary care provider. It is best to reschedule your appointment with us after being symptom-free for14 days.

We at South Coast Optometry truly appreciate each and every one of you as a person and value your trust in us to take care of your most precious eyes. As always, we will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and communicate any and all changes through our website,
www.SouthCoastOptometry.com. Again, we truly appreciate your understanding and support during this unprecedented time and look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Sincerely,

Dr. Daniel E. Quon, O.D., and The Entire South Coast Optometry Team!!!

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Until further notice, we are only seeing essential care patients. Our hours are:
Monday: 10:00 AM to 7:00PM
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

We now offer TeleHealth consultations, Call (714) 540-2020 to schedule a time
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