I'm posting a review on this place (something I rarely do) because it was so darn hard to find good info on the internet on this company when I was looking into Lasik surgery. Â <br><br>Right before the new year, I realized I had some significant flex spending dollars to spend. Â I will admit I received a coupon in the mail from Ellis with a ridiculously low Lasik quote on it that caught my eye. I realize that trying to get a discount on eye surgery sounds pretty crazy, but I had heard from an opthamalogy fellow as USF that the difference with Lasik surgeons tended to be their before/after care - not the surgery itself. Â So that made me a little less weary...<br><br>As soon as I stepped foot into the Ellis office in San Jose, I was instantly second-guessing my flippancy about going to a "factory" for surgery. Â The office was a bit cold and shabby, and the waiting room was filled with some "interesting" people. Â But my worries were quickly assuaged once I met the doctor and other staff. Â They were very patient and helpful in thoroughly explaining the procedure and my candidacy for the surgery. Â Turned out I have thin corneas so I would have to go through epi-Lasik, which has a more painful and lengthy recovery. Â So I signed up for the custom epi-Lasik, which turned out to be far pricier than typical Lasik at Ellis (but still weighed in at a relatively reasonable $3800.). Â Â <br><br>The surgery itself presents a similar patient experience to Lasik. Â You take a valium and they numb your eye. Â You're awake during the procedure. Â They clamp some thing on your eye to keep it open, and for about 5-10 min, you can see them lasering and working on your eyes. Â It sounds scary, but it's more just weird than painful. Â The surgery was over before I knew it, and Dr. Ellis performed it. Â I saw him for 5 min before the surgery and 5 min after - that was it. Â But to be honest, I was more comfortable dealing with the other doctors and staff anyway. Â I went home that day, took sleeping pills and painkillers - and woke up the next day. Â Now if I'd had Lasik, I probably would have gone about my business that next day. Â But epi-Lasik requires about 4-5 days at home of recovery. Â I kept my eyes closed most of the first 3 days. Â I do admit the pain was surprisingly minimal, but it does get boring keeping your eyes shut for hours on end when you can't sleep. Â <br><br>My vision is not yet stable at 20/20 (it takes about 3 months to stabilize for epi-Lasik they say), but I can pretty much function fully now and see clearly and far nearly 1 1/2 months later. Â The first few weeks after, my vision fluctuated, and it was difficult to drive at night or see my PC straight for long. Â But I could function. Â If you get Lasik, you'll likely have a much easier and faster recovery to normal vision. Â <br><br>The before and after care with the docs and staff at Eliis was great. Â As long as I went in the early morning or late afternoon, I was seen almost immediately. Â The 2 main doctors were very encouraging and reassuring. Â Before I got the surgery, I thought I was pretty much fine to keep contacts all my life, but I have to say, it is a GREAT feeling waking up in the morning and being able to see without anything. Â Â Â <br><br>Btw, I had pretty bad vision (nearsighted) with a slight astigmatism. Â Eliis will provide a free consultation to see if you're eligible for Lasik or another surgery, just like most Lasik docs.