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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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How Can I Pay for LASIK?

LASIK is most often considered an elective procedure so it is rarely covered by insurance plans. HMOs often offer LASIK or other laser vision correction procedures but it has to be purchased separate from the monthly costs of the insurance plan and their prices are usually the same (or higher) than outside providers. In many cases, HMO LASIK surgeons are less experienced than private LASIK providers since the most experienced surgeons generally own their own clinics and set their own prices. HMO surgeon are often beginning LASIK surgeons who want a guaranteed patient base.

LASIK and other vision corrective procedures (including contact lenses) are often tax deductible. According to the IRS web site, the cost of items such as prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, and laser eye surgery are deductible medical expenses. Additionally, you may deduct transportation costs primarily for and essential to medical care that qualify as medical expenses. The actual fare for a taxi, bus, train, or ambulance can be deducted. If you use your car for medical transportation, you can deduct actual out–of–pocket expenses such as gas and oil, or you can deduct the standard mileage rate for medical expenses. With either method you may include tolls and parking fees. You may also deduct the cost of prescription medication that you purchase.

Turner Eye Institute offers a variety of payment plans with 0% interest that can be paid over a period of 12 months, 18 months, or 24 months. The length of the payment plan can depend upon your credit score. Longer plans often have interest associated with them.

In the long run, LASIK pays for itself with the reduction in spending required for glasses and contact lenses. It generally cost $2000 per eye though so it can be a large investment. The sooner a person has it though, the more he or she will save over time. If you are interested in LASIK surgery or other vision correction procedure, contact are office now and we can set up a customized procedure to fit your needs.