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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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Changing focus

The human lens becomes thicker and less flexible with age. It becomes harder and harder to focus on near objects throughout one’s lifetime. Starting in their forties, people will generally begin to need reading glasses. Many people wonder if there have been technological advances in this area of research.

Currently, there is one FDA approved intra-ocular lens and several more that are being investigated. The only FDA approved accommodative lens, Crystalens, restores a fair amount of near focus and provides good distance vision. Most patients are satisfied with their ability to see both near and far.

We can expect that future advances in IOL technology will continue to help patients to see well at both near and far. Turner Eye Institute was the first eye care provider in the San Francisco bay Area to provide Crystalens treatment for patients. Already hundreds of patients in San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, San Leandro, and Concord have received this treatment and can now see both near and far without the need for glasses or contact lenses. While Crystalens treatment is not perfect, it does provide a significant near advantage versus standard cataract surgery.

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