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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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Keratoconus options, rigid contact lenses or intacs surgery?

Frequently patients with keratoconus are choosing between wearing contact lenses and having intacs surgery. Hard contact lenses can improve vision much better than glasses for patients with keratoconus but some studies show that long term contact lens wear causes a deterioration in the cornea for keratoconus patients. This results in worsening vision that eventually can no longer be treated with contact lenses and requires surgery. Too often patients postpone surgery leading to a drop in vision and a loss in end visual acuity.

We recommend that patients with keratoconus be treated with intacs surgery as soon as the best corrected vision with glasses becomes inadequate. We do not recommend waiting until contact lenses can no longer correct the loss of vision due to keratoconus. We are finding that patients who wait until contact lenses can no longer correct keratoconus end up with significantly worse results after intacs surgery than those who are treated earlier.

Oftentimes, contact lenses (specialty lenses for patients with keratoconus) are still necessary following intacs surgery. In fact, the majority of intacs surgery patients must still wear contacts to see clearly. The difference is that long term visual prognosis is generally better for someone whose cornea is strengthened through intacs surgery.

If you are interested in learning more about treatments for keratoconus contact one of our refractive coordinators. Turner Eye Institute is located in San Leandro (near Oakland), San Francisco, San Jose, and Concord (near Walnut Creek). We are happy to evaluate your options and offer the best possible treatments to you.