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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.

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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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