Dr. Thomas Turner, MD

Dr. Thomas Turner, MD

Ophthalmology  ·  
Male  ·  
68 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Thomas Turner, MD is an ophthalmology specialist in Odessa, TX and has been practicing for 36 years. He specializes in ophthalmology.Read his story

Thomas C Turner MD

848 Central Dr

Odessa, TX 79761
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Turner performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Dry Eyes
very high
more than 96% of peers
very high
more than 92% of peers
Cataract Removal Surgery
more than 84% of peers

Dr. Turner's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Dr. Turner's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Turner "Dr. Thomas C. Turner has strived to provide the Permian Basin with quality surgical eye care for more than a quarter-century. Originally from Alabama, Dr. Turner graduated with honors from the University of Texas in Austin and received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. He served his internship at the University of California in Los Angeles and was a resident in ophthalmology at the prestigious Jules Stein Eye Institute at the University of California in Los Angeles, which is consistently rated as one of the top eye surgery hospitals in the United States. Dr. Turner is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is an active member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He is licensed to practice medicine by both the Texas and New Mexico State Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Turner has personally performed more than 20,000 eye surgery procedures since establishing practice in the Permian Basin in the early 1980’s. He has also had LASIK surgery himself. In the fall of 2003, Dr. Turner began performing CustomVue® LASIK and is now the most experienced CustomVue® LASIK surgeon in the region. In June of 2007, Dr. Turner performed the first Blade-Free LASIK procedure in the Permian Basin using IntraLase® technology. Since that time, he has performed more Blade-Free CustomVue LASIK procedures (iLASIK®) than all other surgeons in the Permian Basin combined. In 2007, he was named a LaserVision® Top 50 Surgeon for achieving excellence in LASIK and refractive surgery. He also received the honor of Top 100 Surgeon from LaserVision® in both 2005 and 2006. Dr. Turner also specializes in cataract surgery, having performed over 12,000 cataract procedures, making him one of the most experienced cataract surgeons in the Permian Basin. In addition to offering his patients the most advanced methods of laser vision correction available today, Dr. Turner is also certified to implant several different multifocal or accommodating intraocular lenses, including the TECNIS® Multifocal lens. Dr. Turner was the first surgeon in the Permian Basin to offer his patients the benefits of the Crystalens®, an FDA-approved lens implant that offers patients a range of both distance and near vision after their cataract surgery. Dr. Turner has offices in both Midland and Odessa, along with ambulatory surgery centers located in each city as well."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Turner "For over 35 years, leading LASIK and lens implant specialist, Tom Turner, MD has helped set the standard in vision correction across the Permian Basin. Today, Dr. Turner and the eye care professionals of Turner Eye Clinic are proud to be the first and only eye center in the entire region to offer patients the benefits of Wavelight LASIK, a Next-Generation LASIK system capable of treating a lifetime of NEARsightedness, FARsightedness and Astigmatism…in about 10 seconds. Our accomplished team takes pride in our dedication to offering each and every patient personalized attention, together with the most advanced clinical and surgical expertise available today. With the experience of over 20,000 Custom Cataract and LASIK procedures – and being named one of the top surgeons in America – you can rest assured you are in good hands at Turner Eye Clinic. With convenient offices in both Midland and Odessa, Turner Eye Clinic offers patients across the Basin access to the latest breakthroughs in LASIK, laser and lens implant technology, including advanced diagnostics and special testing that allows Dr. Turner and his team to deliver optimal surgical outcomes. If you are considering LASIK or advanced cataract surgery, Dr. Turner and his staff are happy to take the time to answer all your questions regarding you personal vision care needs. It is our goal to make you feel like a member of the Turner Eye Clinic family."
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1  Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

1  Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

23  Conditions Treated

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Anisocoria
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Cataract
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Disseminated Chorioretinitis and Disseminated Retinochoroiditis
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Lazy Eye
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Paralytic Strabismus
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Stye
  • Visual Field Defects

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Texas.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center At Dallas
    Medical School | Graduated 1976
  • University Of California Los Angeles
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • University Of California Los Angeles
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Wadsworth Va Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1980
  • John H Sheets Assoc
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1982

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Turner has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Turner's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Turner to family and friends
14 total reviews (1 has a comment)

Likelihood to Recommend (14)

  • 5
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  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Turner's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (1)

No follow-up and my vision did not improve. I was not explained what was wrong with my eye nor the procedures. I had to ask and do the follow-up myself. Staff unfriendly and not knowledge at answering simple questions.
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