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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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Can Keratoconus Be Hereditary?

Keratoconus has been shown to have associations with hereditary predispositions. It is also associated with atopic disease, certain systemic disorders, and rigid contact lens wear. Corneal tissue changes in the stroma or the epithelium and its basement membrane have been proposed as possible causes of keratoconus.

Hereditary factors do seem to play an important although not well understood role in the development of keratoconus. Some studies indicate that keratoconus may be inherited as either a dominant or recessive trait. It has been reported that in families where one member has, the incidence of keratoconus in the other family members is higher than in a normal population. These studies indicate a high prevalence of keratoconus and corneal topographic abnormalities in family members of keratoconus patients.

Other genetic conditions also have strong links to keratoconus, showing that hereditary factors certainly influence the onset of keratoconus. Systemic conditions linked to keratoconus include Down syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Rieger’s syndrome anomaly, Crouzon’s syndrome, and Marfan syndrome.

While no single gene has been found to be the cause of keratoconus, there is certainly a link between keratoconus and hereditary. Patients suspected of keratoconus are advised to provide a good family history of eye problems as well as systemic disorders. This can help the practitioner in diagnosing the problems and can even lead to better treatment and observation of the condition.