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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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The Eye and Keratoconus

Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease, which causes a thinning of the cornea, the clear front surface of the eye. As keratoconus progresses within the eye, the quality of one’s vision deteriorates and contact lenses or glasses no longer become a satisfactory solution for most people. For some, an invasive eye surgery, such as a corneal transplant was the only option. Now many types of less invasive eye therapies are available to treat keratoconus.

Keratoconus affects the way light is bent by the eye, causing distorted vision. Keratoconus can occur in one or both eyes. Keratoconic patients often have eyeglasses prescription changes each time they visit their eye care practitioner. One common eye surgery performed at Turner Eye Institute is Intacs for Keratoconus. This eye treatment relies upon loops placed within the corneal tissue to strengthen the eye and allow the eye to focus light more accurately upon the retina.

Treating keratoconus often requires an eye doctor who is specialized in treating corneal disorders through surgery. When keratoconus reaches a stage where eye doctors that specialize in prescribing contact lenses and glasses are no longer able to provide significant help, a corneal specialist might need to be consulted.