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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 » About Keratoconus » Confirming Keratoconus

Confirming Keratoconus

With technological improvements in topography and corneal measurement devices it has become easier for eye doctors to confirm keratoconus and suggest better methods of treatment.

Keratoconus can often be difficult to detect in its earliest stages as vision is only slightly affected. One early warning sign for eye doctors occurs if patients are having difficulty seeing well with even the best possible glasses prescription.

Other clinical observations that help in confirming keratoconus include corneal stromal thinning, iron deposits within the epithelial basement membrane, and breaks in the Bowman’s layer of the cornea. These can all be observed using an instrument known as a slit lamp.

Other instruments that can be used in confirming keratoconus include retinoscopes and keratometers. Both of these can show indications of an irregularly shaped cornea that helps in confirming keratoconus.

Ultrasound and other forms of pachymetry are certainly useful in confirming keratoconus by measuring the amount of corneal thinning in patients suspected of keratoconus. Some instruments, such as the Bausch and Lomb Orbscan, combine a variety of these techniques to provide accurate methods of confirming keratoconus.