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To Our Valued Patients,

With the evolving situation of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and under the guidelines of the Health Officer of the Alameda and Contra-Costa Counties, we will begin the process of re-opening our offices on Monday May 4th in order to provide needed eye and vision care. Moreover, cataract and all other non-cosmetic surgical procedures will soon resume.

Please keep in mind that in order to maintain social distancing protocols and to limit further transmission of the virus, we will be working with a reduced staff and seeing a fewer number of patients as compared to our “normal” schedule. Priority will be given to the most urgent medical cases. We will be implementing a number of measures (including altered check-in/check-out procedures, limiting the number of patients in the office and waiting room, face covering for all persons, temperature screening, etc) that will change your experience in the office. In addition, we will be ramping up our already strict disinfection policies and we will continue to monitor and abide by all local, state and, federal guidelines. Please bear with us through this new reality as these changes are designed to protect you and our staff.

We hope to see you soon and appreciate your trust in us to continue to meet your eye care needs. Stay safe and stay healthy!

The Turner Eye Institute Team






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5 Year Follow-up to Intacs Patients

A recent study of the effects of intacs on patients treated for keratoconus summarized that intacs are useful in the management of keratoconus. It concluded the careful patient selection and a complete explanation of surgical objectives is vital to provide the best possible care for patients with keratoconus.

Corneal transplants are a radical surgery that often requires more than 1 year and long-term medication to provide satisfactory results. Patients find the surgery to be unpleasant and the low availability of donor corneas makes corneal transplants to be difficult surgeries overall.

Intacs, on the other hand, is a surgery with minimal risk and a high chance for a rewarding outcome. Keratoconus patients can often notice immediate visual benefits to keratoconus surgery using intacs. Results of the long-term study showed that 20% of patients had more than 3 lines improvements in visual acuity. 88% of patients has some improvement in visual acuity.

These results are remarkable. Intraoperative complications are rare and corneal topography shows decreased irregularity and improved quality of surface wetting.

Contact lenses have been used commonly to treat keratoconus patients but contact lenses have shown a tendency to cause a worsening in the cornea with long-term use and often result in neovascularization of the cornea.

Intacs are also reversible, although it is rare that an intac patient would choose to reverse a procedure that was providing improved quality of vision.

If you have been diagnosed with keratoconus or suspect possible keratoconus, contact Turner Eye Institute and our counselors can schedule an evaluation to determine the best treatment for you personally.