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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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About Keratoconus

What is Keratoconus?

Keratoconus (Greek: kerato- cornea; and Latin: conus cone), is a degenerative non-inflammatory disorder of the eye (specifically the cornea) in which structural changes within the collagen of the cornea cause the cornea to thin. This thinning produces an unstable conical shape. Keratoconus can cause symptoms such as distortion of vision, discomfort, and sensitivity to light. Keratoconus is considered rare though it is among the most common corneal dystrophies, affecting by some estimates around one person in a thousand. It is typically diagnosed in the patient’s adolescent years and will generally progress until it attains its most debilitating state in the twenties and thirties.

As important as the question, What is keratoconus?, is the treatments that can be used to improve keratoconus. At one time, an invasive corneal transplant was the only option for treating keratoconus. Today specialist surgeons are increasingly using intacs for keratoconus as well as a variety of new methods. Intacs are prescription inserts and are an exciting new option between contacts and a corneal transplant that may be the best possible option to stabilize the cornea and improve vision for people with keratoconus. Intacs for keratoconus are indicated when contact lenses and glasses are no longer suitable.

After asking, What is keratoconus?, one should also ask where to go for treatment of keratoconus. Turner Eye Institute has been using intacs for keratoconus since the treatment was FDA approved for treatment of keratoconus in 2004. Dr. Stephen Turner was among the first surgeons in the country to use this type of treatment for keratoconus and has had excellent results. Using intacs for keratoconus offers an exciting new treatment for a disease that can often be both difficult to detect and even more difficult to treat. Within the website, you will find a discussion of available options for people suffering from keratoconus.

While Turner Eye Institute offers intacs for keratoconus, there are other possible treatments and it is important that you discuss these options with a trained eye care professional in order to receive the best possible advice. After a complete eye exam, the doctor can discuss with you the best possible method for treating keratoconus. In cases where keratoconus has progressed substantially, the surgeon might recommend intacs for keratoconus. In cases with less progression, other options might be presented.