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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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LASIK vs Visian

Recently, Turner Eye Institute examined a patient who was returning for her 1 day post-op visit for her new Visian lens in the left eye and her 4 day post-op for her LASIK surgery in her right eye. At her initial consultation it was decided that while her right eye could have LASIK performed safely, her left eye had a slightly higher prescription and the cornea was slightly thinner. It was therefore suggested that Visian ICL might be a better choice for the left eye. The patient agreed.

At this follow-up visit, the patient reported that her vision was better in the left eye than the right. Both eyes were seeing very well in fact. Both were seeing even better than they had been with glasses. Yet this patient preferred the vision through the Visian lens in this case. The vision feels sharper and clearer than the LASIK eye.

This case is not unusual. It is very typical for highly nearsighted patients to prefer vision with a Visian lens over vision through LASIK surgery. LASIK surgery can require more tissue and often results in a drop in contrast sensitivity. In some cases, LASIK is not recommended as it could require a significant loss of tissue and therefore corneal instability. Visian, however, allows the cornea to maintain its natural shape and often retains the normal levels of contrast sensitivity.

While LASIK is still the preferred option for many patients, Visian is becoming more and more popular to residents throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Stephen Turner is the only LASIK surgeon in the San Francisco Bay Area to offer Visian treatment.