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Do Contacts Protect Your Eyes From the Sun?

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Summer is here. That means it’s time for rest, relaxation, and sunshine. You know you need sunglasses for UV protection, but what does that mean for contact lens wearers? West Coast Optical wants to ensure your eyes are protected so you can catch some rays without worrying about your eye health. What is UV Light? […]

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Can You Sleep With Contact Lenses?

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Contacts are convenient, but they aren’t a grab-and-go option—they require diligent care and maintenance. Your Contact Lens Fitter will teach you everything you need to know about contact lenses when you get a new prescription. One question you may have is if you can sleep with contact lenses?  Continue reading to learn more about contact […]

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Can An Optometrist Treat Eye Infections?

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Treatment for Eye Infections Optometrists are trained to understand how vision works, including recognizing eye disease, vision problems, and eye injuries. Regular eye exams help optometrists diagnose changes to vision and eye health. In addition to observing your eye health, optometrists can also treat many health conditions affecting eye structures and tissue. One common type […]

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Do I Need an Eye Test for Contact Lenses?

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Make no mistake: We love eyeglasses at West Coast Optical. We stock our optical boutique with all the latest trends in frames and lenses, and rock the most fashionable specs in town. However, we completely understand why our clients would consider switching to contact lenses.  Over the last decade, there have been significant advancements in […]

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Can I Use My Eyeglass Prescription for Contact Lenses?

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Glasses can provide you with clear vision, but what happens if you want contact lenses? Can you use your current prescription to get contacts? The answer is more complex than you think.  Glasses and contacts are similar, but they have a few key differences in how prescriptions work. Continue reading to learn more, including if […]

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