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Eye Safety and Mobile Devices

Take a look around- you will probably find that almost everyone is texting, playing on, surfing and even working from their mobile devices. Smart phones, tablets and handheld devices guarantee that we have access to our email, text messages and the Internet wherever we find ourselves. However a lot of people hold their handheld devices right in front of their eyes. This creates a whole lot of demands on your vision that require your eyes to function in a way that's different to its normal activity.

It's much harder for your eyes to focus on the small images and text you see on the tiny screens of smartphones. Not surprisingly, this can cause issues, not least for those that use vision correction such as glasses or contact lenses. If you already wear glasses, holding your phone or tablet too close can make it a real challenge for your eyes to correct for distance. Your eyes strain, and you end up with headaches or migraines, which aren't pleasant.

But that's not all. Holding your device too close can make you blink less, which can dry your eyes and make it harder to see clearly.

What can we do keep our eyes strong, while still using our phones? In order to lessen eyestrain and blurred vision resulting from the use of our smartphones and tablets, it is recommended to set the text to be much bigger and try to hold your phone as far from your eyes as you can. Also, try not to use your phone too much! If it's been a while, allow your eyes to have a little time away from the screen. If you still experience headaches, you might be far-sighted, and need glasses to correct that. Call us to book an exam, if this is something you're concerned about. We can't give up technology, but it's crucial to be smart about how we engage with it, in order to help preserve our vision.

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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