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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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Death and Taxes. Even in LASIK Surgery.

The only sure thing in life is death and taxes. Celebrities are finding this out. From the IRS. And even LASIK eye surgery is not exempt in Hollywood. And Oscars and other awards are not tax free.

Receiving an Oscar is the pinnacle of a performers career. Very few people are nominated for an Oscar and even fewer will ever receive one. You would expect this to be a joyful moment.

The IRS is attempting to suck some of the joy out of this moment by reminding the Hollywood celebrities that they will still have to pay taxes on any of the gifts that they receive.

In fact nominees for the Emmy Awards will receive presents and gifts that could be worth 42 thousand dollars or more. Grammy presenters were given gift packages of perhaps 70thousand dollars, including free LASIK eye surgery.The IRS says celebrities receive the gifts in exchange for marketing and as endorsements and it is therefore a form of commerce. These gifts and present must therefore be taxed at fair market value.

Fortune and fame and LASIK surgery are not exempt from the IRS. Even in Hollywood.