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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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LASIK in San Jose and the San Francisco Bay Area

LASIK eye surgery has made significant changes in the way that we adapt to the world around us. Glasses have been around for hundreds of years. Contact lenses have been around for decades, although the concept appeared much earlier. Laser eye correction has changed our vision even farther by allowing a permanent change in the optical properties of the eye to improve our vision.

The safety of laser vision correction has been challenged on occasion and websites exist which point to the troubles that patients have experienced when undergoing correction. Despite these opposing opinions, millions of patients each year report satisfaction with the procedure. A 10 minute laser vision correction procedure can provide a lifetime of independence from contact lenses or glasses.

New technologies such as iris registration, eye tracking, customized wavefront correction, and other features have further improved the safety and accuracy of the laser vision correction procedure. Most patients are satisfied with the initial correction, though in less than 10 percent of cases patients will be required to undergo a second follow-up procedure to provide the best possible vision.

In addition to LASIK, there are a variety of procedures that can assist patients with high prescriptions, thin corneas, far-sighted prescriptions, high astigmatism, cataracts, and even presbyopia (decreased near vision due to age). Patients who seek out a refractive surgeon for a laser vision correction procedure should be made aware of all possible options. Some surgeons may not feel comfortable performing all available surgeries but they are still required by law to provide information regarding optional procedures that might provide better results.

While some surgeons specialize in LASIK alone, these surgeons do a disservice to their patients if they do not present options such as crystalens, visian, restor, rezoom, intacs, customized correction, or other LASIK alternatives. Patients who might be considered to be in categories that would benefit from alternative procedures have a right to know about these choices. Every LASIK patient should feel comfortable asking the surgeon or doctor if there are other options that might be beneficial and what reason the surgeon had of choosing LASIK over these other options.

We recommend that patients inform themselves about laser vision correction prior to the procedure and that they are aware of its advantages and limitations. This way they can have correct expectations and understand the benefits that options to laser vision correction or LASIK might present.

If you have any questions regarding laser vision correction or LASIK, feel free to consult with our refractive surgery counselors.

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