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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 » Curing Keratoconus – Biomaterials

Curing Keratoconus – Biomaterials

Scientists are discovering new biomaterials for use in bones, tissues, and other locations throughout the human body. We are following recent advances in corneal technology with interest.

Currently, one of the best treatments for keratoconus is through the use of intacs to help strengthen and support the cornea. While this is not a cure for keratoconus it has helped many patients with keratoconus to see more clearly and perhaps avoid the worst of this often debiltating condition.

It is likely that future technologies will follow a similar method to intacs in providing a support structure for the cornea that can help withstand the weakening effects of this collagen disorder. It can be expected that newer biomaterials will be developed that are smaller and stronger. Future advances in nanotechnology might build strong support structures within the cornea that can help delay or counteract the effects of keratoconus.

Currently, patients with keratoconus will often be advised that intacs can provide a level of relief and perhaps slow the effects of keratoconus. Some studies have shown that contact lenses might hasten the onset of keratoconus so many surgeons are suggesting that keratoconus patients using contact lenses should undergo intacs treatment before vision is substantially affected.