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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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Visian Update


With the Visian (ICL) and the Verisyse Dr. Turner has now implanted well over 200 phakic intraocular (IOL) lenses for San Francisco, San Jose, and Bay Area residents. The results have been excellent with nearly all eye surgery patients experiencing an improvement of at least one line of visual acuity compared to glasses or contact lenses. Our selection criteria for bay area residents has been to implant these lenses in patients with thin corneas, high near-sighted prescriptions, patients with atypical corneal topography or a combination of any of the above. Most of these patients are considered to be poor candidates for LASIK eye surgery.

Patients with high amounts of nearsightedness generally report better quality of vision with less or no loss of contrast sensitivity with these phakic IOL’s compared with LASIK. Because LASIK causes a change in the corneal shape and thins the cornea, effects such as glare, loss of contrast, and increase in optical aberrations are more likely than with Visian implantable contact lenses.

If you are interested in being evaluated for LASIK or Visian ICL (Implantable Contact Lenses) and are residents of San Francisco, San Jose, the Bay Area, or Northern California contact Turner Eye Institute. We have LASIK and refractive counselors available to discuss your options with you and schedule you for a free LASIK screening to determine if you are a candidate ofr LASIK or some other refractive eye surgery procedure.