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Real laser eye surgery patients share their stories

Many people think about getting LASIK for years, and then one day, something clicks – and they book an eye exam for laser surgery in one of our offices in San Leandro, Concord and Castro Valley, California. Everyone has a different motivation for finally making that appointment, but they share the same excitement about getting rid of their glasses or contacts.

At Turner Eye Institute, Dr. Chirag R. Patel helps many people experience the life-changing effects of LASIK! See what our patients have to say:

  • As a magazine feature writer, Emma wrote about laser eye surgery technologies. After interviewing so many fully satisfied patients, she was convinced to get LASIK for herself.
  • Janice spent years pushing her glasses up on her nose and readjusting her crooked frames. With a very low bridge nose (the bridge of her nose sits below her pupils), and slightly uneven ears, fitting glasses was a challenge. Laser surgery was the solution.
  • Phil was vigilant about disinfecting his contacts nightly. Yet, he kept getting infections and needed treatment. His eyes healed, but he was worried about health risks to his eyes. LASIK helped him avoid the pain of infection and safeguard his sight.
  • Mia spends many nights working in the emergency room as a trauma nurse. Contacts were always her vision go-to, but they caused problems when she dozed off without removing them. A hospital doctor suggested refractive laser surgery, and as soon as an eye exam determined she was a good candidate – she scheduled the procedure.
  • Anthony was headed for the Big League, but glasses blocked his field of view. LASIK gave him wide vision and pure comfort for a winning sports performance.

To discuss LASIK and find out if you’re a good candidate, book an eye exam in our offices in San Leandro, Concord, and Castro Valley, California.

At Turner Eye Institute, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 800-339-2733 or book an appointment online to see one of our San Leandro eye doctors.

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What to Expect When Recovering from LASIK

Your Eye Doctor in San Leandro, Concord, and Castro Valley explains

LASIK is considered one of the safest elective surgeries and performed widely around the world. It’s also a popular method of vision correction for our eye care patients at Turner Eye Institute, in San Leandro, Concord, and Castro Valley. Our eye surgeons offer LASIK in the comfort of our eye care clinics, making it very convenient for you to benefit from this laser eye surgery!

One question that we hear all the time is – what’s the LASIK recovery? Read on for a full discussion of what to expect after LASIK.

How will I feel immediately after LASIK?

To answer clearly, let’s begin with a review of the LASIK procedure. First, your eye surgeon will use a specialized tool to fold back the surface layer of the cornea. Then, a computer-assisted laser will be used to reshape the inner part of your eye before the corneal flap is returned to its original position. Now, all that’s left is for your eye to heal.

During the first 24 hours after LASIK, the flap will reseal. Many people feel absolutely nothing during this part of the healing process, while others experience mild eye pain and irritation or a gritty sensation in their eyes. Other possible short-lived side effects include blurry vision and light sensitivity.

What is the eye care immediately after LASIK?

After you have LASIK in our eye care clinic in San Leandro, Concord, or Castro Valley, you will not be able to drive yourself home. So you’ll need to arrange transportation.

Usually, patients need to rest for a few hours after the laser eye procedure. To prevent you from rubbing your eyes, we may also advise you to wear an eye shield for a few days, especially while sleeping. We may also prescribe eye drops to help prevent infection and swelling. Even if your vision is not crystal-clear yet, you will not be able to wear contact lenses.

Your eye doctor at Turner Eye Institute will generally perform an eye exam to check your healing within 24-48 hours after LASIK.

How long does it take for the full LASIK recovery?

Most people enjoy 20/20 vision within one to two days after LASIK, although some people must wait a few weeks to obtain their best vision. Gradually over the next six months, healthy tissue will continue to grow around the corneal flap, sealing it fully into place. Once that occurs, the entire LASIK recovery is done.

During those six months, vision fluctuations are normal. You may also need to refrain from participating in any high impact activities that could interfere with healing, or you’ll need to wear safety goggles to protect against eye trauma.

We will give you instructions about when to visit for follow-up exams in our San Leandro, Concord, and Castro Valley offices. These appointments are very important for your long-term vision.

Learn more about LASIK – contact us at Turner Eye Institute

LASIK can change your life! Typically, our patients are exhilarated by the vision results and their quick, smooth recovery. Every patient is different, but most people report feeling back to themselves within one or two days after the laser eye surgery. Contact our eye doctor to book a consultation and eye exam to find out if you’re a good candidate for LASIK.

At Turner Eye Institute, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 800-339-2733 or book an appointment online to see one of our San Leandro eye doctors.

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Blade LASIK vs. Blade-free LASIK – Which Is Right For You?

LASIK has become a common household term, especially among people who are considering laser eye surgery for vision correction. But iLASIK is not as familiar a name. What is this modern method of laser vision correction? What are the differences between LASIK versus iLASIK?

Just as all technology has advanced significantly in recent years, so has LASIK. As eye surgeons become trained in the latest cutting-edge techniques, they can offer a wider range of safe and efficient procedures. At Turner Eye Institute, our eye surgeons use state-of-the-art technologies to perform various types of laser eye surgeries in our eye care centers in San Leandro, Concord, and Castro Valley.

Our eye doctor explains the basic differences between LASIK and iLASIK:


LASIK Surgery is one type of refractive surgery that works to improve nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. During this surgery, the surgeon creates a thin flap in the cornea and folds it back, enabling access to the cornea so it can be reshaped to correct the vision problems. To make the flap, a microkeratome blade is used to slice a thin layer of the cornea. Afterwards, an excimer laser is used to remove and sculpt the cornea before the flap is returned to its original position, where it heals.


iLASIK is a customized, bladeless method of refractive surgery, meaning that every procedure considers the unique microscopic differences of each eye and no blades are used.

The first step of iLASIK is to create a 3D map of the eye, which uses wavefront-guided eye-mapping to identify the problems and imperfections. The imaging is painless and enables the surgeon to perform a custom-fit procedure.

In the second part of this procedure, a femtosecond laser (with high frequency pulses of laser light) is used to create the corneal flap. Then, the cornea is reshaped with a guided excimer laser. The flap is then folded back into place to heal.

iLASIK versus LASIK – A Review of the Differences

  • Bladed vs. blade-free: although there are inherent risks involved with both LASIK and iLASIK, the incidence of complications is higher with LASIK. Primarily, this is due to problems with the flap because of the way it was cut with a blade. iLASIK is entirely bladeless.
  • Custom-designed procedure: iLASIK accounts for the fact that every eye is distinct and may need a different corrective approach. The 3D tracking used with iLASIK leads to a more precisely-made corneal flap that matches your eyeball’s characteristics and dimensions.
  • Visual outcome: the wavefront mapping done with iLASIK helps to provide your eye surgeon with highly specific, personalized recommendations that can lead to more accurate visual results.

Which is right for your eyes – iLASIK or LASIK?

Both of these types of laser eye surgery are regarded to be safe and effective. To decide which method is right for you, you need to consult with our eye doctors in San Leandro, Concord, and Castro Valley. After a comprehensive eye exam and evaluation of your ocular condition, we will explain both procedures to you and made an individualized recommendation.

Ophthalmologists are continually exploring ways to improve laser eye surgery outcomes. Contact our experts at Turner Eye Institute to book an eye exam and learn all about the latest vision correction procedures and which one is a good match for you.

At Turner Eye Institute, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 800-339-2733 or book an appointment online to see one of our San Leandro eye doctors.

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Who is the Ideal LASIK Candidate?

Guidelines from your San Leandro, California, eye doctor

Most people who have worn eyeglasses or contact lenses for years dream about getting up in the morning and seeing clearly without eyewear. LASIK refractive eye surgery can make that dream come true! However, is LASIK right for you? There are pros and cons to every form of vision correction. Also, not everyone can get LASIK, and an important factor to weigh in making this decision is your eye doctor’s professional recommendation. At Turner Eye Institute, we meet with patients regularly to discuss their candidacy for LASIK.

What criteria determine if you are eligible for LASIK?

  • Good eye health, with no ocular disease. Conditions such as chronic eye infections, severe dry eye syndrome, cataracts, corneal disorders, macular degeneration, uncontrolled glaucoma, and eye injuries may make LASIK a poor choice for you.
  • Corneal thickness must be adequate for reshaping your cornea. Performing LASIK on a cornea that is too thin or extremely irregular can reduce the success of the procedure. However, this rule isn’t as steadfast as it once was, because new types of LASIK are now available that enable surgeons to perform the laser vision correction. Our San Leandro, California, will measure your cornea during your LASIK consultation eye exam to recommend the most suitable method of laser eye surgery.
  • The best visual success with LASIK is with people who have prescriptions in the following parameters: up to +6 diopters for farsightedness, up to 6 diopters of astigmatism (cylinder), and up to -12 diopters of nearsightedness.
  • Ocular maturity is important. The best LASIK results are achieved in people who have had a stable vision prescription for about a year before undergoing refractive surgery.
  • A good overall health condition, with no pre-existing conditions that can slow healing, such as hypertension, Sjogren’s syndrome, and poorly controlled diabetes.
  • LASIK is FDA-approved for patients above age 18. Generally, there is no maximum age for laser eye surgery. But, be aware that once you are in your 40s, you may still require reading glasses to correct near vision after undergoing LASIK.
  • LASIK is not suitable for women who are pregnant or nursing, due to the fact that hormonal changes can affect the corneal shape. Typically, it’s advised to wait a few months after pregnancy.

Set realistic visual expectations

If you are seriously considering LASIK, it’s important to face reality. While most people are thrilled with their LASIK results, there are still risks and possible side effects and complications. You need an experienced eye doctor to perform a personalized eye exam and consider whether or not you are an ideal candidate for laser eye surgery – as well as advise you about which specific type of vision correction is most appropriate.

At Turner Eye Institute, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 800-339-2733 or book an appointment online to see one of our San Leandro eye doctors.

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