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Ray-Ban Pop-Up on National Sunglasses Day

Ray-Ban eyewear pop-up National Sunglasses Day
Ray-Ban eyewear pop-up National Sunglasses Day

Ray-Ban Pop-Up

Wednesday 6/23, 1pm-4pm

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Join us Wednesday, June 23 at OC Eye Designs for a Ray-Ban Sunglasses Pop-Up event in celebration of National Sunglasses Day!

Eyewear Specialist Tiffany will be joining us outside to showcase the Ray-Ban sunglass collection. Give us a call to reserve a spot for your one-on-one fitting!

Plus, save up to 20% on sunglasses*

*Get 15% off non-prescription sun wear or 20% off prescription sun wear when you purchase a full ophthalmic pair of glasses. Cannot be combined with insurance or other offers. Offer valid June 25, 2021. Restrictions Apply

Bevel Eyewear Pop Up May 14th

Bevel Pop up May 14 in Costa Mesa
Bevel Pop up May 14 in Costa Mesa

Join us for a socially distanced, outdoor pop-up at Woodbridge Optometry featuring BEVEL eyewear!

Come by to browse the eyewear collection and explore spring arrivals!  Call the office to make your appointment. 
Follow event updates and details on our Facebook Costa Mesa event page.  COVID protocol in effect.

Get 10% off Bevel frames & lenses*

* offer valid on 5/14 only, cash pay only, restrictions apply.

Valentine’s Day Giveaway

Valentine's Day giveaway Costa Mesa Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

Share a photo of you and your valentine on Instagram or Facebook and we’ll enter you to win a $100 Gift Card to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse!

Is your valentine your pup? Your honey? A friend? We want to see! Make sure to tag us or so we can see your entry! Entry ends 2/12.

It’s Time to Use Your Flex Spending!



Take advantage of those unused flex spending dollars and treat yourself to new eyewear or any other qualifying item!

Come in before December 31st to beat the end of year rush! Also, don’t forget to use your 2020 Vision Insurance Benefits on these qualifying items before they are gone.

Qualifying Items and Services:

  • Routine Eye Examinations
  • Medical Optometry Services
  • Prescription Eyewear
  • Dry Eye Drops
  • Computer Glasses
  • Dry Eye Masks & Scrubs
  • Reading Glasses
  • Contact Lenses
  • Non-Surgical Vision Correction
  • Dry Eye Drops
  • Vitamin Supplements

As a reminder if you have treatment you have put on hold, now is the time to schedule an appointment to maximize your insurance benefits and use any remaining flex dollars. Call us today or visit us online to schedule an appointment.

Maui Jim Pop Up

Maui Jim pop up in Costa Mesa

Join us on Friday, December 4th from 11am to 4pm for a socially distanced, outdoor, Maui Jim Pop-Up event at OC Eye Designs Optometry! Our Maui Jim representative will be here bringing the aloha with the full sunglass collection! 

How are we keeping this event safe?  

  • The pop-up will take place outdoors!  Let us enjoy the fresh air! 
  • All COVID protocol remains in place. 
  • We will be sanitizing all frames after they are handled. 

Halloween Contact Lens Safety

eye safety of Halloween contact lenses

Eye Safety Awareness for Halloween

If you are interested in costume contact lenses this Halloween, make sure to come in advance, especially if you are not a current contact lens wearer!  The deadline to order costume lenses is October 16th for them to arrive in time for Halloween! 

Costume lenses are everywhere, especially this time of year.  However, our optometrists caution you: do not be enticed by colored/costume contact lenses sold over the counter or on the internet! 

Contact lenses are not one-size fits all!  Any contact lenses sold in the US at novelty shops, beauty salons, Halloween stores, etc. are not FDA approved and are ILLEGAL. 

Please remember that contact lenses are a medical device requiring a valid prescription and fitting by a medical professional.   Please be aware and use extreme care.  Costume Lenses can blind you if used or sourced improperly.  They can be worn safely and put the perfect finishing touch on your Halloween look, but only if you see a doctor first and follow their advice for proper wear and care. 

Here’s Why:  

The Quality of the Dye 

The dye quality is so important when it comes to your eyes.  Contact lenses that are not FDA approved may have toxic dyes that can leak into the eye. 

Very Little Oxygen Flow 

Low quality contact lenses may not let enough oxygen through the lens membrane to your eye. This can lead to corneal abrasion, swelling, and potentially blinding infections that can leave you with lasting eye damage. 

Poor Materials 

Often these contacts are made of outdated material technologies from the 80’s!  Your eyes deserve better. 

Steer clear of anything that claims “one-size fits all” or “no prescription needed”.  Lenses that are not FDA and dispensed without a prescription can cut, scratch, and infect your eyes. 

We care about your eye health and don’t want you putting your vision at risk.  Let us fit you in quality colored contact lenses so you can look AND feel great this Halloween.  Schedule your appointment for a fitting or place an order over the phone! 

Learn more about costume contact lenses from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. 

World Sight Day Challenge 2020

We Support Children In Need

We have pledged to make a donation for every exam in October to help individuals with limited access to vision care. Schedule your October exam today, and we will donate on your behalf!

World Sight Day Challenge Costa Mesa

The World Sight Day Challenge

1.2 billion people around the world suffering needlessly from impaired vision that could be easily corrected. Your support of the World Sight Day Challenge helps communities around the world develop accessible and sustainable eye care.

Optometry Giving Sight’s impact through vision care projects span nearly 40 countries around the globe. Your support makes it possible to: train local eye care professionals; establish and support vision centers and schools of optometry where there were none; and deliver eye exams and glasses where they were not available before.

Join us in the 2020 World Sight Day Challenge by scheduling your eye exam for October! Donations help more under-resourced communities get the services they need. Your support is more important than ever!


Protecting Your Eyes From the Sun

How UV Rays Put You at Risk and How to Protect Your Eyes

UV rays and your eyes

We all know that excess UV exposure can cause painful sunburns and increase your risk of skin cancers.  Did you know that the sun can be just as harmful for your eyes?

With summer right around the corner, we want to give you the facts so that you and your family are protected.  Just like skin, we can protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays. Sunglasses are to the eyes what sunscreen is to the skin.  Let’s enjoy the sun together safely.

Extended UV exposure is known to increase the likelihood of a variety of eye and vision problems such as cataracts, eye growths, macular degeneration, and skin cancer.

Cataracts are the clouding of the lens of the eye which affects your vision and can be compared to looking through a cloudy window.

aging eye damage cataracts

Macular Degeneration causes loss in the center of the field of vision and is the leading cause of blindness over age 50.

age-related macular degeneration

Pinguecula / Pterygium is also known as “surfer’s eye”, these non-cancerous eye growths usually begin on the clear tissue of the eye and can spread to the cornea. They can cause irritation and even affect your vision!

pingueceula eye damage pterygium

Pinguecula and Pterygium

Photokeratitis is a painful eye condition caused by exposure to ultraviolet rays, usually from the sun. This is like a sunburn of the eyes.


Helpful Tips:

  1. Not all sunglass lenses are made equal!

Pay attention to your sunglasses’ level of quality of protection. Make sure to look for UVA/UVB protection in your lenses.

Your sunglasses may be selfie-worthy, but if they aren’t protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays, what’s the point? Our advice: skip the cheap and convenient sunglasses. It all comes down to the quality of your sunglass lenses. Sunglasses can be stamped as UVA/UVB blocking and not actually provide substantial protection. Your best bet is to visit a reputable retailer such as your local optometrist and leave those gas station, novelty, or online glasses in the past. Outside of legitimate eyewear retailers, there is no guarantee of authenticity or proper protection.

We’ll give you bonus points for polarization (which cuts glare and adds vividness) and blue light protection (blue light comes from the sun too!). Your eyes deserve the best protection.

  1. Wear your sunglasses in the winter too!

Snow and water can actually reflect UV rays right back into your eyes increasing your exposure! UVB Rays are highly reflective. It is so important to wear sun protection, especially during winter activities like snowboarding and skiing.

  1. The sun can be harmful even in the shade.

Your eyes are still vulnerable to UV rays that reflect off of surfaces like sand, roads, and buildings. This is true for cloudy, overcast days, too! UVB Rays are more likely to penetrate on cloudy days

  1. Even if you are using UV blocking contact lenses, sunglasses are a must.

Your contact lenses only shield those tissues of the eye that they physically cover. Sunglasses are your friend.

  1. Look for sunglasses that maximize your coverage

Sunglasses with a wrap-around style that fits close to your face and covers more of the sensitive skin around your eyes are great because they limit the ability of uv rays that reach your eyes from all sides. Take the protection a step further with a wide-brimmed hat!

  1. Don’t forget the kids!

A child’s eye lens is less mature than that of an adult, which means it cannot filter UV rays as easily and can lead to damage of the retina. With outdoor activities increasing during the spring and summer, children are particularly vulnerable to eye damage from the sun. Encourage your children to make sunglasses a habit.