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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, 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.

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The Turner Eye Institute Team

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Advantages of LASIK vs Contact Lenses

LASIK and contact lenses are the most recent ways of vision correction. Both allow a person to be free from the need of wearing glasses and are often ideal for people with active lifestyles. LASIK has been proven safe and effective at treating most forms of near-sightedness, far-sightedness, and astigmatism.

With the recent increase in fungal keratitis that has been linked to contact lens wear, many patients are beginning to wonder which is safer, LASIK or contact lenses. That can be a difficult question for eye doctors to answer. Statistically both LASIK and contact lenses are considered safe in correcting vision problems, such as near-sightedness, far-sightedness, and astigmatism. Complications rarely occur with either type of correction.

Contact lenses are known to cause increased incidences of eye infection, including bacterial, fungal, and viral. Eye infections increase in frequency during contact lens wear and problems with allergic reactions to both the contact lenses and the solutions can occur.

LASIK has similar risk. Many people are comforted by the fact that with laser vision correction, many risks are a once in a lifetime, in contrast with contact lenses which must be worn every day. A person who is interested in LASIK or contact lenses must be aware of the risks and make an informed decision. Millions of people are satisfied with both methods of vision correction.