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.
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.
Dr. Turner's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Board certified in Ophthalmology
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*
Why It Matters: Dr. Turner's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
Benign Neoplasm of Eye
Disseminated Chorioretinitis and Disseminated Retinochoroiditis
Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
Glaucoma - Iridogoniodysgenesia
Cataract Removal Surgery
Contact Lens Exams
Soft Contact Lenses
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for Texas.
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How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
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Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
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.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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