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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, our offices are open to provide eye and vision care.

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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Santa Clara Optometric Society Meeting

Optometrists (eye doctors specializing in vision measurement and correction) from Santa Clara and San Jose invited Dr. Stephen Turner to provide an information seminar regarding other forms of vision correction surgery in addition to LASIK eye surgery. Dr. Turner, a corneal specialist who provide not only LASIK surgery but a variety of new surgeries, spoke about the newest successful eye treatments that are offering new vision to people who were often not considered to be LASIK candidates.

In the past, it was believed that a surgeon that exclusively performs LASIK eye surgery would be the best choice for LASIK. With newer treatments, it is becoming obvious that a surgeon who performs LASIK exclusively will no longer be able to provide patients with the best possible options in every case. For example, Visian and Verisyse are offering a better treatment than LASIK for patients with thin or irregular corneas, higher prescriptions, and possibly even patients with dry eyes. Crystalens, ReStor, and ReZoom are often a better choice for patients wanting a greater range of vision distances.

Some practice are finding that as many as 25-50% of patients would be happier if they are provided with a treatment option other than LASIK eye surgery. While this might be discouraging for someone who is hoping to have LASIK, it is especially comforting for anyone who wishes to decrease their dependence on glasses or contact lenses.

In Santa Clara, Dr. Turner’s presentation was met with a wide variety of questions from visiting optometrists who are eager to provide their patients with the best possible eye care. As many as 70 eye doctors were in attendance from locations such as Palo Alto, San Jose, San Leandro, San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Clara, and other locations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The Majority of eye doctors were from the South Bay and East Bay.

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