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

05/12/2018
5 stars 5
I had my consultation for LASIK and had my procedure scheduled exactly one week later.  The process was very quick, but I am also a person who doesn't ask many questions.  The procedure itself was quick and only mildly uncomfortable.  I felt alright leaving after the procedure and asked my friend driving me home to stop and get some food on our way home, since it was suggested that I eat a small meal before taking the pain and sleep aid medication I was prescribed. However while en-route the numbing eye drops used during the procedure began to ware off, and I began experiencing some fairly substantial pain.  We then went directly home where I took my prescribed medication and attempted to sleep.  The following hour was interesting and uncomfortable as my pain and sleep aid medication began to take effect but my pain was to much to allow me to sleep.  I experienced some interesting hallucinations involving goats folding my laundry while enduring pain which felt like someone had thrown acid in to my eyeballs.  Finally the medication took full effect and I fell asleep.  I woke up groggily, maybe 8 hours later to amazingly enhanced vision.  Far better than I had expected the first day after the surgery.  The process comes with check ups scheduled for 1 day, 1 month, 6 months and 1 year I believe.  At my check up the following day I was told that my eyes were healing faster than expected and that my vision had been corrected from worse than 20/400 to 20/25 in each eye individually and 20/20 together, and that they would get slightly better after some additional healing.  The staff at the three facilities I visited during the process were all fairly friendly, and professional.  The exam room equipment at the El Cerrito office seemed antiquated and a bit run down, which was a bit disheartening, but the surgery room was very nice.  Overall I am extremely happy with my procedure, excluding the hour or so of hallucinations and excruciating pain following the surgery.  If I had any recommendation it would be to take the pain medication as soon as you leave the building and hope for the best!  I hope this helps, and good luck!

04/10/2018
5 stars 5

04/10/2018
4 stars 4
TL;DR: I am truly, radiantly happy with my results and I'm only five days post op. I was a -6.00 in both eyes with severe astigmatism. Standard Lasik was the procedure I had done. I am now 20/30 in both eyes and still improving. I'm taking off one star only for the consultant and the slightly irritating post op scheduling.<br><br>Pre Op:<br>My only real complaint has been with the consultant, Pablo. He is nice but not very knowledgeable at all. I'm not sure if he's new. The consultants job from what I gather is to be the liaison between the patient and the surgeon. His knowledge about the procedure was less than mine and I had only spent a few hours googling how Lasik works. He seemed condescending in his answers, although I genuinely don't think he meant to be. He was also very car salesman like. Trying to sell me on the procedure that I had already put money down for. For every question I asked, I got a "why?" or "what for?" question right back. <br>I got approved for financing and he didn't even give me the application to fill out along with any information about the care credit card. The receptionist took care of that and had me fill it out the day of surgery.<br><br>Surgery:<br>Thankfully, I was able to get all my questions answered to my satisfaction through the nurse that assisted with my surgery. He was very knowledgeable and explained everything before and during every step. I also did a lot of self research.<br>I did not meet Dr. Ellis until mere minutes before he worked his magic on my eyes. His bedside manner was impeccable though and he was great at keeping me engaged and calm. I was laying on the table less than 10 minutes total. No, the procedure itself didn't hurt at all but once the anesthetic drops wore off I was extremely uncomfortable until I was able to get in bed and pass out. Word of advice - do not pass go, do not collect $200... go straight home and sleep. By the time I woke up, pain was minimal and by the next day it was totally gone.<br><br>Post Op:<br>So far my only post op complications have been with scheduling my actual post ops. The staff was very flexible for my consultation and pre-op but seem hard pressed to work with my schedule post op. After a few phone calls, "exceptions" were made and further appointments were scheduled.<br><br>Now for the best part about my experience here, besides my now amazing (and still improving) vision: Marlene. She has called to check on me throughout this entire process and moved mountains for me. She is an absolute angel of a human being and has made this whole experience that much more amazing. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this woman.<br><br>All in all, it was a great experience and I'd do it all over again.

03/05/2018
5 stars 5
Dr. Ellis operated my husbands eyes. He looks great and got rid of glasses. Office is very simple, no crystal chandelier, but hey, don't forget that if they have those you are paying for out of your BANKING ACCOUNT, hehehe! Medication was giving to him after surgery and back visits very well monitored to see the progress of eyes. My husband is very happy and since he is drama free and all he wanted is to get rid of glasses after using them since 8 years old was time to let it go, you wonder his age? Well, equivalent of half century, ! Overall we are all happy with him not using glasses. I highly recommend Dr. Ellis and staff. If you want fancy and chandelier I guess he isn't the right doctor for you! But if you look for quality and simplicity with job done  he can fit your demands! Good luck to you!

02/06/2018
4 stars 4