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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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What to Look for in an Eye Surgeon

Many of us may be easily taken aback by the complexities presented by the human eye. Considering its incredible utility and intricate structure, the eye should always be treated with the utmost care. For this reason, folks need to exercise caution when seeking out any ocular treatment. By considering all the following factors, you should easily be able to track down the right eye care professional for any upcoming surgeries…

Trained and Certified
It’s imperative that your prospective eye surgeon retain proper board certifications and be currently recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Additionally, it’s always suggested that you utilize physicians that have earned membership from the American College of Surgeons. This particular organization requires all members to be board certified, and uphold the highest ethical standards.

Experience is a Must!
Some folks feel more comfortable selecting a more experienced surgeon. From a pure logical standpoint, more experienced professionals have dealt with more clients, and can often diagnose and treat a larger array of ailments. Certainly, there are many hot young upstarts who can hold their own in the surgical arena, but keeping an out for experience and a proven track record can’t hurt in your search for a surgeon.

Seek Referrals
You should always feel confident asking for referrals concerning a prospective surgeon. Speak to your current optometrist, and inquire about which local surgical specialists they prefer. Also, be sure to chat with your family and friends, and ask if they’ve had any interaction with local practitioners. Folks will generally have good things to say about good surgeons!

This one may come as a real no-brainer, but make sure your potential eye surgeon will accept whichever insurance provider you’re currently covered by. You really can’t put a price on effective surgery, but why not attempt to save a few bucks out-of-pocket? Surgical costs can certainly begin to stack up depending on which procedures are carried out.

Follow these simple steps the next time you require any advanced eye treatments or eye surgery in the Oakland, Concord or San Jose areas, and gain immediate peace of mind knowing you’ve selected the right physician for the job!