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San Leandro Cornea Specialist Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Stephen Turner, M.D. has been helping Bay Area residents see for 30 years now. Even more impressive than the length of time that Dr. Turner has been in practice is the level at which he has been practicing. Consistently, Dr. Turner has been on the leading edge of the newest advancements in medical and surgical eye care, including advancements in the treatment of keratoconus.

Recently, Dr. Turner performed a live training for ophthalmologists from around the world to teach them the newest techniques and procedures available in eye surgery.

Dr. Turner is a pioneer in the field of LASIK eye surgery and as an FDA investigator was the first surgeon to perform LASIK in the Bay Area after its FDA approval. In addition, Dr. Turner introduced Wavefront LASIK and Intralase (also known as bladeless LASIK) to the San Francisco Bay Area. These technologies have increased the accuracy and safety of LASIK surgery. Dr. Turner also patented a technique known as TF LASIK and is currently the only surgeon in the world to perform this procedure. Dr. Turner also performs the newest treatments for keratoconus patients, including intacs for keratoconus patients.

With constant advancements in medicine it is often difficult for surgeons to stay updated. Dr. Turner has managed to remain at the forefront of research and was the first surgeon in the Bay Area to provide new treatments such as Visian, and Verisyse. These treatments allow very near-sighted patients to enjoy the benefits of good vision without glasses or contact lenses. Dr. Turner was also the first surgeon to perform Crystalens surgery, the first FDA approved cataract surgery that provides good vision restoration at both distance and near focus.

Dr. Turner’s experience is well-known in the ophthalmology and eye care community. He has performed over 30,000 laser eye treatments and over 15,000 cataract surgeries, allowing him to specialize in multiple treatments to provide the needed solution for a wide variety of vision needs. He has treated hundreds of cases of keratoconus as well.
Despite the restrictions in medical care imposed by HMOs and managed care approaches, Dr. Turner remains upbeat about the future of medicine and says that “with medical advances increasing in frequency the future is exciting.” He is looking forward to his next 10 years and plans to continue enjoying his practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Dr. Turner has practices in San Leandro, San Jose, San Francisco, and Concord. You can find more about his practice at or by calling Turner Eye Institute at 1-800-339-2733.

SynergEyes KC offers new Contact Lens treatment for keratoconus

Monday, November 13th, 2006

There is now a hybrid contact lens specifically developed for patients with keratoconus SynergEyes® KC. It is a cross between a hard and soft lens to provide the advantages of both in helping to treat patients with keratoconus.

The SynergEyes KC lens provides enhanced comfort and wearability and is expected to be a primary contact lens solution for patients with keratoconus. Every lens is custom made to provide the best lens to cornea match for optimized vision. The highly oxygen permeable rigid center of the SynergEyes KC lens promotes corneal health and optimizes vision while the soft outer skirt holds the lens in place better than a rigid lens and provides desired comfort throughout the day.

The best eye care practitioners go to great lengths to try any type of lens and combinations of lenses for highly irregular keratoconus eyes. Rigid lenses have been the method of choice for challenging keratoconic eyes. Practitioners also use “Piggy-back” systems comprised of a soft lens applied first and a rigid lens applied over the soft lens.

SynergEyes KC lenses offer good lens centration and freedom from lenses dislodging and debris under the lens that often occurs with rigid lenses. SynergEyes lenses also offer simplicity when compared to piggy-back systems.

Ultimately many patients with keratoconus consider surgery to allow them to obtain better vision. The surgical options include Intacts for Keratoconus or a corneal transplant (penetrating keratoplasty).

The SynergEyes KC lens may be an excellent alternative if your keratoconus has progressed to the point that you and your eye care professional are considering surgery. Your eye care professional will be able to tell if the SynergEyes KC lens is right for your specific prescription.

Help Keratoconus wants you to get out and vote

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

While help keratoconus is mainly a site dedicated to providing news and insights into treatments for keratoconus, with election day today we would like to remind everyone to get out and vote for your interests and improve the quality of life.

Election day voter turnout is an important indicator of the population’s interest in important issues in society. An active engaged educated populace with high voter turnout can lead to a more productive and healthy government. If voter interest is low and voters pay little attention to the issues that are being voted upon, there is a greater likelihood for problems to occur in the government which are not addressed.

Take the time to vote and increase your participation in the government. Together we can make a difference.

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