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To Our Valued Patients,

With the evolving situation of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, effective immediately, we will be suspending all non-urgent eye care. Moreover, any non-emergent or elective surgery will also have to be postponed. We will continue to remain open for patients with urgent and emergent concerns only. It is important to us to keep these patients out of the emergency room so our healthcare heroes on the front lines can be available for the patients that need them the most.

Our staff will continue to answer calls and scheduling appointments to the best of their ability.  In addition, if appropriate, Dr Patel can be available for telemedicine visits via online video chat. If you would like to schedule a telemedicine appointment with Dr. Patel, please call our office first to determine eligibility and to obtain an appointment time. Instructions for how to connect to the telemedicine appointment will be given at that time.

We hope to see you back in our office in the not too distant future. Stay safe and stay healthy!

The Turner Eye Institute Team

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Free LASIK Eye Surgery


Turner Eye Institute sponsored the Free LASIK competition to find someone who most deserves LASIK surgery in his/her life. The selection was difficult and the judges found many people worthy of this lasting change in their lives. The winner was Lee Hickinbotham Jr., a park ranger from Campbell, CA and father of two children.

Here is Lee’s winning story for Free LASIK:

I don’t want to say I deserve free LASIK. With all the sadness and destruction of lives in New Orleans I feel that I am blessed just to have a pair of glasses to wear.

I am a park ranger and I am in the field ninety percent of the time. I am constantly taking off my glasses and putting on sunglasses every time I leave the office. I have tried transitional lenses, but since the windshield of my patrol vehicle is UV protected, my lenses won’t darken.

I have also tried to wear contact lenses but I have dry eyes and a better part of my day is spent putting in re-wetting drops. I am often forced to remove my contacts at night because I get the star effect whenever there is light around. Wearing my glasses hinders my peripheral vision, so this can be a safety issue if I have a law enforcement contact go bad. While playing softball on the city league at nights, I struggle to see the ball against the glare of the lights.

I don’t deserve free LASIK but I would be greatly appreciative because I am trying to raise a family on a park ranger’s income and I don’t have a lot of extra money to pay for the LASIK surgery.

Thank you.


Lee Hickinbotham Jr., Campbell, California