Chirag R. Patel, MD

Dr. Chirag Patel grew up in the Bay Area and received his undergraduate degree with High Honors from the University of California, Berkeley followed by a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of California, San Diego. He performed his residency in Ophthalmology at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee where he was bestowed with the honor of Chief Resident. He then spent an additional year to further his ophthalmic training with a Fellowship in Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery at the prestigious New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in Manhattan. Excited to move back home, Dr. Patel returned to the Bay Area and joined Turner Eye Institute in 2012.

Dr. Patel specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the cornea, anterior segment, and lens. He particularly enjoys cataract/intraocular lens surgery, refractive procedures (including LASIK and PRK), Keratoconus treatments and corneal transplantation including cutting edge techniques such as DALK, lamellar transplantation and DSEK.

Dr. Patel is a member of numerous medical associations including the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), and The Cornea Society.

Lasik Surgeon - Stephen G. Turner, M.D.

 Dr. Stephen Turner has been providing vision correction surgeries (and most recently LASIK Surgery) to residents of San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Concord, and the Greater San Francisco Bay Area since 1976. He is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist and a trained fellow at the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Stephen Turner is also certified by the American Board of Eye Surgery and has completed specialized post-doctorate training at prestigious corneal fellowships both at the prestigious University of California Medical Center in San Francisco and at the internationally acclaimed Saint John's Ophthalmic Hospital in Jerusalem, Israel.

In addition to being a full-time LASIK Surgeon and refractive surgery specialist, Dr. Stephen Turner provides lectures about LASIK Surgery throughout the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. While providing valuable information to local optometrists and medical doctors, Dr. Turner has taught both refractive and cataract surgical courses at the annual American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting (including information about LASIK Surgery). His practice and operating room have been visited by many LASIK Surgeons and he has been invited to speak at numerous meetings of Ophthalmologists (including LASIK Surgeons and Cataract Surgeons) and Optometrists.

Stephen G. Turner obtained his M.D. degree from prestigious Baylor Medical School in Houston, Texas (which is ranked among the top 15 medical schools in the US). Following this early training, he completed a surgical internship at Baylor Medical School affiliated hospitals and served two years in the U.S. Army as a flight surgeon.

After gaining valuable experience, Dr. Stephen Turner entered an ophthalmology residency at the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco (One of the top 5 residencies in the USA). This was followed by a year fellowship in which he was the corneal director of the eye bank at Saint John's Ophthalmic Hospital in Jerusalem, Israel and then a visiting fellowship at the prestigious Moorfield Eye Hospital in London, England (the top eye hospital in England). Dr. Stephen Turner also completed a specialized corneal fellowship at the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, Dr. Stephen Turner was a clinical FDA investigator for LASIK Surgery and continues to be a clinical FDA investigator for numerous ophthalmic technologies.

Dr. Turner is a founder of Horizon Vision Centers and has emphasized that the centers (located in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California remain on the forefront of new FDA approved technology. In conjunction with Horizon Vision Center, the Turner Eye Institute has been on the forefront of every new development in refractive and cataract surgery.

Awards and Honors

  • Selected "One of Silicon Valley's Best Doctors", San Jose Magazine
  • Selected "One of the Top Doctors", San Francisco Magazine
  • Dr. Stephen Turner was just chosen as the Best of Vision Correction, The Best of the Daily Review - October 2004
  • VISX "STAR"- Among the top 5 percent of Refractive surgeons nationwide
  • "Excimer Laser Visionary", by Summit for being a pioneer LASIK Surgeon as an FDA investigator

Commonly Asked Questions for LASIK Surgeons in San Francisco and the Bay Area

Where did you receive your ophthalmology training, surgical training, and LASIK surgeon training?

Although Dr. Stephen Turner went to one of the top medical schools in the country (Baylor Medical School), for LASIK Surgeons it is more important that he received post-medical training at some of the most prestigious eye hospitals and training centers around the world. Medical schools do not train LASIK Surgeons. It is residencies and fellowships that train LASIK surgeons. His residencies and fellowships include:

  • University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, California, USA
  • Saint John's Ophthalmic Hospital in Jerusalem, Israel
  • Moorfield Eye Hospital in London, England

How long have you been performing refractive surgery procedures?

Dr. Stephen Turner has been performing various forms of Refractive Surgery Procedures since 1976. Dr. Stephen Turner performed his first laser correction surgery on January 3, 1996. Dr. Turner was also one of the original FDA investigators for LASIK surgery, receiving the title of "Excimer Laser Visionary" for his groundbreaking research in the field of LASIK surgery.

How many total procedures have you done?

Dr. Stephen Turner has performed over 55,000 refractive and small-incision cataract procedures to date.

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Member of the following Professional Organizations

  • Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American College of Eye Surgeons
  • Certification in Cataract/Implant Surgery and Refractive Surgery (Laser in Situ Keratomileusis-LASIK)
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • California Academy of Ophthalmology
  • California Medical Association
  • Frederick C. Cordes Eye Society
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery

Dr. Stephen Turner's record of superb results assures you of receiving the highest quality of personalized medical care from a highly trained and experienced LASIK surgeon. If you are seeking LASIK eye surgery, another laser vision corrective procedure, or other refractive surgery in San Francisco or the Bay Area, Turner Eye Institute can provide the highest level of service and the best level of technology from one of the most experienced LASIK surgeons in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Selecting a LASIK surgeon in the San Francisco Bay Area requires a knowledge of the variety of levels in experience and differing levels of technology that are being offered. LASIK eye surgery is an extremely important decision to make and can have a profound effect in your life. In Turner Eye Institute's web site you can discover more about one of the San Francisco Bay Area's most distinguished LASIK surgeons and also gain valuable insights into the various technologies and services that are being offered.

Although LASIK eye surgery is the most popular vision correction surgery performed in the San Francisco Bay Area, there are in fact many types of vision correction surgeries and perhaps LASIK eye surgery is not the best for you individually. At Turner Eye Institute, we often match our LASIK eye surgery patients to another one of our procedures that can provide them better results for their lifestyle. Recent advances in LASIK eye surgery technology can be found at all of Turner Eye Institute's clinics in San Francisco, Concord, San Jose, and San Leandro and the East Bay Area.

3945 Freedom Circle, Suite 130
Santa Clara, CA 95054


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276 Dolores Avenue, San Leandro, CA 94577

1401 Willow Pass Road, Suite 100 Concord, CA 94520

20400 Lake Chabot Rd #300, Castro Valley, CA 94546