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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






Home » What's New » Experiences with Intacs and Synergeyes for keratoconus patients

Experiences with Intacs and Synergeyes for keratoconus patients

Keratoconus patients are often difficult fits for contact lenses. The steepness of the cornea and the need to avoid contact with the apex of the cone requires that a specialized fitting or procedure be provided that not only allows for good vision but also prevents future deterioration of the cornea.

Keratoconus is a progressive thinning of the cornea. Hard contact lenses can hasten the corneal degredation if they rub against the steepest portion of the cornea. Many keratoconus patients have in the past experienced faster progression of keratoconus due to poor fitting contact lenses.

Dr. Turner has has significant experience in treating keratoconus with surgical methods, such as intacs and corneal transplants. He suggests that most keratoconus patients should be treated with intacs before the condition progresses significantly. Intacs treatments are more effective when used earlier. Once the keratoconus has cause a significant degree of vision loss and steepening of the cornea, intacs provide lesser results than if treated early.

Following intacs treatment, keratoconus patients will generally require continued contact lens care. The new hybrid lens, Synergeyes, has been very effective in fitting patients comfortably while providing much improved vision. Often a keratoconus patient’s best corrected acuity can be improved several lines with a good hybrid lens fitting.

Keratoconus patients are receiving much better care with these new technological advances. Intacs stabilizes the cornea and slows or stops keratoconus progression. Synergeyes allows for the comfort of a soft contact and the improved vision of a hard contact lens.