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6500 Fairmount Ave, Suite #2
El Cerrito, CA 94530

4 stars 4
I have been debating getting Lasik for the last three or four years. I started needing glasses when I was about 13 or 14. At first, only for far away things: when I sat in the back of the classroom, going to the movies, etc. By the time I was 16, I needed to wear them every day. I tried contacts for the first time in 2000, and loved them. I wore contacts almost every day for 10 years, but finally my eyes could take it no more. After two or three hours they were irritated, dry, and itchy. I have had various ophthalmologists (i.e., not those at Ellis Eye) say that my eyes were more or less stable at this point in my life (I'm 29) and I'd likely be a good candidate for Lasik. My prescription is about -3 in one eye and -3.5 in the other. I've got an astigmatism. <br><br>It's X-mass time and I'm at a friend's house party, catch up with someone I haven't seen in ages. She says she just got Lasik. Her prescription was -12 in each eye or something ridiculous like that. Says the surgery was a breeze, cost her about $6K, and she's never been happier. I figured, why not go for it? I set up a consultation with Ellis Eye. They evaluated me for free on a Saturday. I was in and out of there in 30 minutes. Cornea thickness is good, I'm a candidate, we scheduled the actual operation for three weeks later.<br><br>A few other reviews (he's got multiple locations in the Bay Area) have mentioned the mediocre office space that isn't very modern looking, a lot of people in the waiting rooms, etc. I agree, but who cares? You're not going there for a five course meal. If they're saving on overhead and passing those costs along to me, great. <br><br>The surgery itself was very fast (about 10 minutes), painless, and went flawlessly. I was at the office the day of the surgery for about 2.5 hours total. Fill out paper work, double check everything, waiting for a few people ahead of me to get their Wavefront Lasik done. I had to get prescription eye drops to use for 10 days after the surgery. Go to Walmart - you'll save about $120 over what they want to charge you at Walgreens or CVS.<br><br>Anyways, yesterday I just had my three week checkup yesterday and can now see 20/15 (i.e., better than 20/20). Everything healed perfectly, and I'm good to go. It's unbelievable not needing glasses any more, I can't tell you how cool it is. Dr. Ellis himself was professional, has a great bedside manner, and you can tell he's done over 50,000 of these. <br><br>The ONLY reason I won't give them five stars is because of one thing. Their "cash price" for me was about $3,700. I went with an outside finance company to pay it off over 18 months with no interest, and the price shot up to $4,100! What's up with that?! They're getting the same amount of money either way. The finance company cuts them a check for the amount they say it costs, and I pay the finance company over 18 months. So basically, it's a $400 "service fee" that Ellis Eye charges if you pay them through a finance company. Of course, they don't call it that. Lame. <br><br>If you have questions or are uncertain, message me. I seriously can not recommend Dr. Ellis enough, Wavefront Lasik is, so far, one of the best investments I've ever made.
5 stars 5
I am so thrilled! I heard an ad on the radio for Ellis Eye and decided to call for the free consultation they offered. I mean what did I have to lose? I might have not even qualified to have Lasik corrective surgery. I was either going to spend money on a new eye exam, glasses, contacts etc. or spend the money on Lasik if I was a good candidate for the surgery. Turns out that I did qualify and not only that they gave me the option of 2 price quotes. The first was for basic Lasik. The second was for a fine-tuned version of the first. What was there to decide? I had a client once say "save money on toilet paper not plastic surgery." Well this wasn't plastic surgery but if I was going to do it right I wanted the best. I loved the people and the doctor (who was very personable).<br>After my sugery I could read license plates, see street signs, indentations in the freeway cement and facial hair on the people in the cars next to me. If you are into how nice the office looks just know that Dr. Ellis spends his money on his top notch equipment. If you are into great care and great results he is your man. I am in absolute awe of my results. I think you will be too. If Dr. Ellis was in today when I went of my post op appointment I would have knelt down and kissed his feet! A genius is what he is!
5 stars 5
I had been near sighted since age 7 and at age 58 I decided to go for lasik wave front since I had astimatisms as well. Within 24 hours I had 20/20 vision! Thank you Dr. Ellis!!!! I need reading glasses now but the worries are gone about being lost if I something happened to my glasses or contact lenses.
4 stars 4
Had my laser eye surgery with Dr Ellis in San Jose office the service was great the office atmosphere was calm and the receptionist was very informative about the process and the preparation of my surgery. The next day I came in for my 1 day post op appointment my vision was 20/20 I'm so happy that i did my surgery i would of done it sooner if i knew it was that easy I'm so happy with my results thanks to all the staff in San Jose office now i can start my new year with perfect vision and no more ugly glasses
4 stars 4
I am very surprised about the negative reviews that I read.<br>I had my surgery done at Ellis Eye Center about 4 years ago & couldnt have been happier.<br>It was the best thing I have ever done.<br>I can't think of anything negative to say about appts I had before the surgery. The day of the surgery was great. Even though I was really worried, Dr. Ellis's assistant (i think her name was Bobbie) made me feel at ease.<br>Surgery itself was very fast .....<br>Post ops were fine as well.<br>I am very happy with the end result.