An Enlightening Alternative to LASIK Eye Surgery

May 14th, 2014

LASIK surgery is a term that covers a spectrum of eye surgeries which are performed to correct various types of refractive errors. It is usually what people who no longer wish to wear glasses or contact lenses turn to first. Unfortunately, not everyone is a candidate for the umbrella-term procedure; individuals can be rejected for LASIK surgery based upon the presence of certain eye conditions and being under the age of 18.

Luckily, for those who do not qualify, there are a few alternatives to LASIK eye surgery. Some of these alternatives are more common than others, like Photo Refractive Keratectomy, a specialty at Turner Eye Institute that has benefitted many of our patients in the San Jose, Oakland and Concord areas.

What is PRK?

Photo Refractive Keratectomy (PRK) is a type of laser eye surgery that corrects a variety of refractions from mild and moderate nearsightedness to astigmatisms. It is the suitable choice for those who have unusually thin or flat corneas, which can be a disqualifying factor for LASIK surgery.

Like many other eye surgeries, there are advantages and disadvantages to PRK. It has been proven to be highly accurate and reliable for the correction of nearsightedness. There are a few side effects and disadvantages to consider with this form of eye surgery such as the possibility of a mild glare and the need to continuing wearing glasses or contact lenses.

The Procedure

During PRK, an eye surgeon reshapes the cornea with a laser. After the procedure is performed, a soft contact lens is placed over the eye to assist the re-growth of the outer layer. This usually takes about three to five days, during which the patient may be susceptible to discomfort and blurred vision. Typically, PRK takes longer than LASIK to achieve the desired result.

Is PRK the right eye surgery for you?

While the preferred choice for many folks is LASIK surgery, Photo Refractive Keratectomy is a common alternative and highly effective eye surgery.

If you are interested in eye surgery in San Jose, as well as the Oakland and Concord areas, speak with a Turner Eye Institute professional today to find out which form of eye surgery is right for you.

What to Expect from Cataract Eye Surgery – Before and After

February 19th, 2014

Why do I need Cataract Eye Surgery?

If your eye doctor is telling you that you need eye surgery for Cataracts, chances are good that you have already experienced some of its telltale signs. Perhaps your vision is cloudy or blurry, or you’ve been experiencing difficulty with glare. Whatever your personal symptoms have been, cataract surgery performed by a highly regarded eye surgeon can provide better, clearer vision by replacing the cloudy natural lens of your eye with an artificial one.

Pre Cataract Eye Surgery

Cataract surgery is generally considered to be one of the safest and most effective types of surgery. Once you have been diagnosed and your doctor has offered the procedure as an option, you need to decide if undergoing the surgery is right for you. Following this, your doctor must measure your eye to ensure proper fit of the new clear lens. During this routine surgery, the clouded natural lens is removed and the artificial intraocular lens is inserted into your eye.

What are your lens options with Cataract Surgery

At the Turner Eye Institute, Dr. Chirag Patel performs cataract surgery using the latest technology in lens implants and surgical options. He offers lenses to correct all distances (Distance, Intermediate and Near) as well as lenses to correct your astigmatism. You can now be truly free of glasses after cataract surgery. One of the latest developments is the use of a Femtosecond laser to remove your cataract and correct astigmatism.

Post Cataract Eye Surgery

As with any types of eye surgery it is normal to feel some mild irritation. Cataract surgery is no different. You may also experience mild tearing and light sensitivity for a short time following the eye surgery. Most people wear sunglasses after this type of surgery to prevent bright light from entering the sensitive eye. Eye drops are generally prescribed as well to aid the healing process and prevent infection and inflammation. With today’s minimally invasive techniques performed by Dr. Chirag Patel, most patients are able to resume their normal activities within a couple of days following surgery.

For more information on Cataract & Other Types of Eye Surgery

If your question isn’t answered here, we encourage you to contact us today! Turner Eye Institute is the premier provider of Cataract Eye Surgery to the Bay Area, including San Leandro, Concord, San Jose & Oakland. Call us today to schedule a consultation!

What to Look for in an Eye Surgeon

December 16th, 2013

Many of us may be easily taken aback by the complexities presented by the human eye. Considering its incredible utility and intricate structure, the eye should always be treated with the utmost care. For this reason, folks need to exercise caution when seeking out any ocular treatment. By considering all the following factors, you should easily be able to track down the right eye care professional for any upcoming surgeries…

Trained and Certified

It’s imperative that your prospective eye surgeon retain proper board certifications and be currently recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Additionally, it’s always suggested that you utilize physicians that have earned membership from the American College of Surgeons. This particular organization requires all members to be board certified, and uphold the highest ethical standards.

Experience is a Must!

Some folks feel more comfortable selecting a more experienced surgeon. From a pure logical standpoint, more experienced professionals have dealt with more clients, and can often diagnose and treat a larger array of ailments. Certainly, there are many hot young upstarts who can hold their own in the surgical arena, but keeping an out for experience and a proven track record can’t hurt in your search for a surgeon.

Seek Referrals

You should always feel confident asking for referrals concerning a prospective surgeon. Speak to your current optometrist, and inquire about which local surgical specialists they prefer. Also, be sure to chat with your family and friends, and ask if they’ve had any interaction with local practitioners. Folks will generally have good things to say about good surgeons!


This one may come as a real no-brainer, but make sure your potential eye surgeon will accept whichever insurance provider you’re currently covered by. You really can’t put a price on effective surgery, but why not attempt to save a few bucks out-of-pocket? Surgical costs can certainly begin to stack up depending on which procedures are carried out.

Follow these simple steps the next time you require any advanced eye treatments or eye surgery in the Oakland, Concord or San Jose areas, and gain immediate peace of mind knowing you’ve selected the right physician for the job!

LASIK Surgery – Tips for the Aftermath

November 6th, 2013

If you are looking to restore your eyesight and finally leave the glasses or contacts behind for good, it may be time to consider taking advantage of life changing LASIK surgery. Keep in mind that healing from the surgery takes time and patience to ensure that your eye fully recovers from the dramatic transformation. Because healing properly is so important as well as the final step in the process, we would like to offer a few tips to help ensure the best results possible.

Keep objects & irritants away from the eyes

Avoid allowing any foreign substances in or near the eyes. Applying cosmetics, soaps and sprays should be avoided in the immediate aftermath of your LASIK surgery. Likewise, refrain from entering areas where dust or other substances might be present in the air. Your eyes are healing, so keeping objects and potential irritants away will help keep the area around your eyes clean and reduce risk of disturbing the healing process.

Wear eye protection

Some types of LASIK surgery will leave you more sensitive to light than usual, typically for a brief period following the surgery. Wearing sunglasses when you go outdoors can go a long way toward protecting your eyes from bright light and avoiding discomfort.

Follow the doctor’s instructions

The single most important thing you can do following any surgical procedure is follow your doctor’s instructions. This includes every step of the process, from arranging your post-surgery transportation to taking only approved medications to ease any discomfort following your LASIK surgery. Following up with your eye surgeon is also vital to ensure that proper healing is underway.

A few simple steps, combined with detailed instructions from your surgeon can make all the difference when it comes to getting the most out of your LASIK surgery. Contact Turner Eye Care today for life altering LASIK eye surgery in San Jose, Concord, Oakland and throughout the Bay Area. It can improve your eyesight and keep your eyes healthy for years to come. Find out today if LASIK surgery is right for you.

LASIK Surgery-FAQs

September 24th, 2013

If you are tired of wearing glasses, tired of the ongoing maintenance and expense of contact lenses, and ready to experience life after the safe and effective vision correction that LASIK surgery can provide, you have come to the right place.

Here is a run-down of some frequently asked general questions pertaining to LASIK surgery.

Who is LASIK surgery for?

LASIK surgery can correct the vision of adult individuals suffering from Astigmatism, Hyperopia (farsightedness), and Myopia (nearsightedness). A consultation with an eye surgeon is necessary to determine one’s overall candidacy for surgery. Items that a surgeon will consider include age, general health, current medications, other conditions affecting the eyes, and more.

What happens during LASIK surgery?

LASIK surgery is a relatively quick outpatient procedure. After administering drops to numb the eye, an incision is made to create an extremely thin flap which, once folded open, allows the surgeon to reshape the cornea using highly precise instruments. At the end of the reshaping process, the flap is closed back over the cornea. The entire process typically takes about 20 minutes.

How long will it take for me to recover from LASIK surgery?

Normal vision should return the next day, although light sensitivity, dryness and some discomfort may persist in the days immediately following the procedure. Most patients return to normal activities just a few days.

If I am not a candidate for LASIK surgery, do I have other options?

There are a variety of non-laser corrective procedures that may be better suited to some patients than LASIK surgery. A consultation with the doctor will be necessary to determine the most appropriate corrective procedure.

What else do I need to know about LASIK surgery?

There are risks associated with any surgical procedure, and LASIK surgery is no exception. While LASIK surgery has helped many individuals experience life with improved vision and eliminated their need for eye glasses and contact lenses, there is no guarantee of perfect vision. Some patients will experience side effects or complications. In some cases, retreatment is necessary for patients who undergo LASIK surgery in early adulthood.

If you are considering LASIK surgery, scheduling a consultation with a highly trained surgeon who specializes in cornea care and who uses the latest and most advanced technology is an important first step.

For more information

If your question isn’t answered here, we encourage you contact us today! Turner Eye Institute is the premier provider of LASIK eye surgery to the Bay Area, including Concord, San Jose & Oakland. Call us today to schedule a consultation!

LASIK Eye Surgery, The Prep and the Post-Op

September 4th, 2013

The highly effective and affordable LASIK surgery has set millions of prescription dependant contact and glasses wearing people free from discomfort and clunky design. With the popularity of the eye surgery procedure on the rise, bookings are filling up as interested patients learn about the restorative and world changing nature of the procedure.

Because so many more people are now interested in LASIK surgery, it is more prudent than ever to discuss the surgery preparation, as well as some rehabilitative concerns of what to do immediately after the surgery. The following is a basic rundown of these pre and post-op concerns to ensure the safe completion and rehabilitation of your eye surgery.


First of all, it is important to find out about your surgeon’s training and areas of expertise. Find out if your LASIK surgeon is a cornea specialist that completed a fellowship or additional training in cornea care. You can also find out whether your surgeon is using the latest equipment in laser eye surgery, such as Wavefront and bladeless technology. A little bit of research can go a long way toward feeling confident that you have chosen the right eye surgeon.

Before you’re going into the LASIK eye surgery, your doctor should have consulted with you concerning all of your individualized concerns regarding allergies, potential problems and what to expect. If this hasn’t happened yet, contact your eye doctor immediately. However there are some generalized steps that you can take for easy preparation.

First of all, eat a light breakfast the morning of the procedure. Go about your regular routine, and avoid wearing anything particularly uncomfortable or too loose fitting to the doctor’s office. Also, avoid wearing eye makeup or any bulky, distracting accessories in your hair. Limiting these is essential to removing all variables possible that may complicate the procedure.

The surgery itself is relatively painless and shouldn’t take much longer than 15 minutes to complete. Before the surgery, make sure that you have made plans for a friend or loved one to give you a ride home.


The healing phase of the LASIK surgery is actually very short compared to what one would assume. The eyes affected won’t feel very dry at first, but they will be. Needless to say, do not rub them. Your doctor will prescribe special eye drops that will soothe the eyes and speed up rehabilitation. DO NOT use any eye drop brands or prescriptions that are not cleared by your doctor first.

Your vision will be a tad blurry or hazy; this is to be expected to a degree. Avoid staring into harsh lights for extended periods of time, as well as sun exposure outside. Your eyes are more vulnerable than usual, so it may be best to take every precaution possible for protecting their exposure and preventing damage by light, external influences, and dryness.

Eventually, you will see your eyesight gradually improve. Visit your doctor for an evaluation between 24 and 48 hours after the procedure, by then you should begin to be noticing better vision and clearing of the post-operational blurriness. You will have several other follow-up appoints over the course of the next few months. It’s imperative that you make each one and follow exactly what the eye doctor says.

Eye surgery has become a blessing for millions of American who are fed up with clunky contacts and expensive eyewear. Going about the procedure in a measured and clinical manner is going to be the key to a successful procedure and your increased vision. Consult with an eye surgery specialist and LASIK doctor today to find out your options and begin your path to restored vision.

Vanessa G. San Francisco

June 28th, 2013

I’ve had different procedures and surgeries done for both my eyes. I am a patient living with Keratoconus and until I found the eye turner eye institute I thought the road to better vision would be a hardship. Not with Dr. Patel and his team. Everyone at the office is super sweet and helpful. Eye surgery can be worrisome but all the anxiety goes away once you’re seen by any of staff members. Dr. Patel has implanted intacts into my eyes and I’m seeing a lot better than I ever could. I still have to use contacts but now I get soft lenses vs. the hard lenses which were a pain. Tony is a great lens fitter as well if you’re looking for that. I’ve seen different Doctors over the years but no one compares to Dr. Patel and the eye turner institute. 5 stars! Thanks guys!

Rich F. San Ramon

June 27th, 2013

Went in Tuesday for my 4 week follow-up from my PRK surgery. My operated eye has been healing very well. No pain whatsoever, and not seeing any halo’s at night. Arrived 15 min. early for my appt. and only had to wait a few min. Assistant was very friendly, she checked my vision. 20/25 and then gave me some eye drops. Dr. Patel came in checked my eyes and gave me an eye pressure test. Then we chatted a little bit about the how my vision is doing. Told him it seemed like some days my vision was sharper than other days. He said that was normal, and that it could take several months for the vision to adjust and become permanent. Everything looked good and he sent me on my way till my next appt. in 30 days.
Will post again after my next appt.

What Unimpeded Sunlight can do to Your Eyesight

June 20th, 2013

Moving into the summer, the warm heat of the sun is a long awaited comfort to millions of Americans who enjoy summer activity from hiking to sunbathing. However, the harmful UV radiation that comes from spending time in the sun can do long term damage to your sight and eye health. Protecting your eyes is easily achieved with sunglasses or other forms of UV protection. Failing to protect your eyes will leave your eyesight susceptible to long term damage, possibly requiring eye surgery.

The problem is that it’s hard to tell whether or not the bulk of radiant sunlight we’re receiving is harmful. The most harmful rays (UVA, UVB, etc.) register at wavelengths that aren’t usually visible to the human eye. Thus, precaution must always be taken to protect the eyes while enjoying the warm weather outside. Failing to do so will make your eye susceptible to one of several long term eye diseases, common to beachgoers, summer athletes, and outdoor workers. A few long term issues to look out for are as follows.


Pterygium (also called “surfer’s eye”) is the result of irritants, usually found at the beach. Consistent beating from wind, sun damage, and sand irritation causes swelling and itchy growths on the eye, usually in the corners near to the nose. The growths are highly uncomfortable and can sometimes cause corneal damage. The good news is that they are often benign and can be removed with eye surgery, but they do have a strong chance of reoccurrence.

Macular Degeneration

Among other factors such as obesity, diet, smoking; UV radiation damage is a surefire path to Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). UV radiation can pass through the eye and directly damage the sensitive macula in the back of the eye and middle of the retina. The macula’s nerves handle clarity, color, and detail in vision. AMD will make vision blurry and dull. Damage from AMD is irreversible, so prevention is your best method of protection.


A cataract is the clouding of the natural lens over an eye. Cataract contributes to blindness in millions of people around the world and the World Health Organization cites UV radiation as a major contributor to these numbers, as UV radiation expedites the lens degrading process that forms a cataract. Luckily, cataract eye surgery is fairly common; millions are performed each year in the United States.

If you find yourself in an environment where you are risking your eye health, consult with an eye doctor or specialist immediately. Eye surgery can save your vision, if you are able to catch a problem in time. Otherwise, prevention is your best method of defense. Buy UV canceling sunglass or contact a specialist about your other options to save your eyes during prolonged sun exposure.

Rich F. San Ramon

May 8th, 2013

·         I had PRK surgery last week by Dr. Turner. So far everything is going good.

Here’s my experience so far.

Day before surgery – picked up prescription and began applying eye drops as instructed.

Day of surgery- went to eye surgery facility and they numbed my eye. (only had one eye done) my vision in that eye was 20-70 before surgery. The laser portion of the surgery took about 3 or minutes of me lying on the table and maybe 1 minute of the laser. They just have you stare at a red dot and tell you try not to move your eye away. It was totally painless. After that you go back to waiting room and let your eye rest. Then the doc. checked it out to make sure no issues and they send you home. Yes, they want you to have a ride. BTW, everyone at the facility was nice and friendly. It is not done at the doctor’s office.

After surgery – applied more eye drops as instructed and took a nap. Woke up a few more drops and relaxed. No TV & no computer. Went to bed wearing eye patch just in case I accidentally scratch my eye during the night.

Day after surgery – more drops. Vision was a little blurry in that eye but no problem I would use my other eye to see with. Which is 20-40 vision. More eye drops throughout the day. Was there any pain? No, luckily I had none. Did not need any pain pills or sleeping pills etc. My eye felt like I had maybe a speck or something in it that was more like an irritant. Only problem is you can’t rub your eye. Using the eye lubricant really helped to soothe that.

Day 2-5 more drops and very little discomfort. I decided to take the week off of work since I am on a computer all day. Surgery was on a Monday and by Friday I was starting to see more clearly with my eye. Tried to limit myself to little TV and no computer so the eye could heal better. It was little boring but a small price to pay.

1 week after surgery – Eye feels good seeing a little clearer and excited to get contact bandage lenses off, also looking forward to not having to take as many eye drops. I went to my appt. and they tested my eye sight and said it was 20-20. I was very pleased with that although outside in the real world didn’t seem like big change. I’m thinking my eyes are still adjusting. At the appt. they also took out the contact lenses bandage so that made my eye feel better. Next appt. is in 3 weeks. .

My assessment of the experience and The Turner Eye Institute.

Procedure was very easy and painless. Since I only had one eye done I was able to close that eye and use my other eye to do everyday functions/tasks so that did make it easier.

Why did I only have one eye done and not both? Because 20-40 vision in my other eye is not too bad and I will use that eye to read with and the operated eye to see long distance with. Your brain adapts and knows which eye to use. Also, if I had both eyes done I would have required reading glasses and I did not want to go that route yet.

Dr. Turner – excellent surgeon, bedside manner some people said that he has none but that is not true. He is just more quiet and reserved.

Dr. Patel – a young guy very nice and easy going. Answers all your questions for you. Will be a great replacement when Dr. Turner retires.

The rest of the staff are very nice and friendly.

Will post again in 3 weeks.