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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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San Jose, Soccer, Football, and LASIK

San Jose residents are enjoying soccer (aka football) during the World Cup 2006. Many LASIK patients of Turner Eye Institute might wonder if having LASIK is a risk for soccer (football) players. Is it safe for a soccer player to have LASIK?

With soccer appreciation in San Jose being at an all-time high, many people might wonder if having LASIK is dangerous for the many soccer players (and even American football) who have had the laser eye vision procedure. Some might wonder if LASIK causes a weakening of the eyeball which could have negative effects upon soccer or football palyers. Research studies by the US military have concluded that the eye is capable of high degrees of stress following LASIK eye surgery with little or no risk.

Immediately following LASIK eye surgery, our San Jose patients (as well as the rest of the San Francisco bay area) will be instructed to refrain from physical sports (such as soccer and football) for a period of two weeks. During this time, the eye will heal and will return to a strength very similar to what it was before LASIK. Studies show that there is no loss in cornea integrity in a LASIK procedure that was performed on a well-qualified LASIK candidate. In fact, LASIK can often result in improved vision that can translate into improved athletic performance. Soccer and football players in San Jose, San Francisco, and other Bay Area communities will appreciate the fact that they no longer depend upon glasses or contact lenses. They will discover that soccer and football can be even more enjoyable when played following LASIK eye surgery. Some might even realize that their vision has improved and that after LASIK their performance in soccer or football is also improved.

Turner Eye Institute congratulates all of the patients from San Jose, San Francisco, and the East Bay who have undergone laser vision correction. We hope you are enjoying your new freedom in vision. If you are currently enjoying watching World Cup Soccer and the exciting football matchups we hope you enjoy the contests. If you are currently wearing contacts or glasses we offer you a free screening to check to see if you are a good candidate for LASIK or other vision corrective procedure at one of our four locations (Concord and Walnut Creek, San Leandro, San Francisco, or San Jose).

Enjoy the beautiful game and enjoy your new vision.