William Ellis, MD, FACS



Ellis Eye & Laser Medical Center
(866) 624-8767

Oakland Office
6500 Fairmount Avenue, Suite 2
El Cerrito, California 94530

San Francisco Office
2001 Union Street, Suite 480
San Francisco, California 94123

Santa Rosa/Sonoma Office
100 Tamal Plaza, Suite 105
Corte Madera, California 94925

San Jose Office
2211 Moorpark Avenue, Suite 200
San Jose, California 95128

Sacramento Office
700 Sunrise Avenue, Suite A
Roseville, California 95661

Oakland/East Bay Office
1479 Ygnacio Valley Road, Suite 104
Walnut Creek, California 94598


Dr. William Ellis




Dr. Ellis offers affordable LASIK vision correction procedures and CareCredit financing option for patients who qualify.

LASIK in Oakland, Walnut Creek, El Cerrito and the surrounding area


Dr. Ellis uses the latest vision correction laser equipment to perform LASIK eye surgery.

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William Ellis, MD, FACS, is a board-certified ophthalmologist and one of the first surgeons in the United States to perform LASIK eye surgery. He is the pioneer of Epi-LASIK surgery — an advanced form of laser eye surgery that requires an extremely thin epithelial flap. Dr. Ellis has been practicing ophthalmology for more than 33 years, and he has performed more than 50,000 laser eye surgery procedures. He is the author of several ophthalmology textbooks and many scientific articles. Due to his extensive experience and numerous accomplishments, he was invited to chair a panel on the surgical correction of astigmatism at the 26th International Congress of Ophthalmology.

Ellis Eye and Laser Medical Center has been named a "Specialized Astigmatism Center" by Technolas Perfect Vision GmbH (TPV). Read the press release.

As a sign of his commitment to providing outstanding patient care, Dr. Ellis personally performs all laser eye surgery procedures. In addition to LASIK, his six surgical suites located throughout Northern California also offer Epi-LASIK, PRK, radial keratotomy and refractive lens exchange surgery (RLE). Dr. Ellis also performs premium IOLs cataract surgery for patients with clouded lenses desiring to restore their visual acuity.

If you would like to learn more about your vision correction options, contact Ellis Eye & Laser Medical Center toll free at (866) 624-8767 and schedule an individual consultation with Dr. William Ellis.


Dr. Ellis is a distinguished member of several prestigious ophthalmologic organizations.

LASIK Eye Surgery at Ellis Eye & Laser Medical Center

Dr. Ellis specializes in bladeless LASIK. This means that he does not use any mechanical bladed instruments during LASIK surgery. Instead, every step of surgery is performed using a specialized laser apparatus.

Dr. Ellis begins each LASIK surgery by creating a very precise map of the patient's cornea. This map is generated by a sophisticated diagnostic device that measures the unique curvature and imperfections of the eye. Dr. Ellis uses this "map of imperfections" to program the Technolas 217 excimer laser so that it corrects the corneal flaws. Next, Dr. Ellis uses a femtosecond laser to create a small flap in the outer layer of the cornea. He then folds back the flap and administers the pre-programmed Technolas 217 excimer laser treatment to the underlying corneal tissues. The flap is then gently replaced in its original position where it serves as a natural bandage. The entire surgery requires less than half an hour to complete, and typically the result is crystal-clear vision and minimal recovery time.

About William Ellis, MD, FACS: Professional Background

After earning his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. William Ellis completed a medical degree at Washington University in St. Louis. He then performed a residency at the Stanford University Medical Center, Department of Ophthalmology. To further his knowledge of refractive eye surgery, Dr. Ellis studied under Russian professor Svyatoslav Fyodorov, the inventor of modern radial keratotomy. Dr. Ellis is a member of many leading professional organizations. He is certified in multiple sub-specialties by the American Board of Ophthalmology and the American College of Eye Surgeons, and he is also a Diplomate in cataract surgery, incision keratotomy and LASIK.

Testimonials from Oakland LASIK Patients

"I researched many doctors. I went to many seminars and I interviewed many doctors and when I discovered Dr. Ellis, I discovered many things about him. Dr. Ellis has been at the forefront of this technology. He has done more surgeries that any of the other doctors I had interviewed and I figured that if I'm going to have this done and if it is something so important as my eyesight, I'm going to go with the best I can find.

It was beyond my expectations and I'm seeing better than I did when I was wearing my glasses. I'm able to see things I couldn't see before." —Fred Turner


"I had heard of Dr. Ellis for so many years and I've heard nothing but good things about him. And I also knew that he was instrumental in developing the procedures.

My concern as a physician was the fact that if the cornea, the outer layer of the cornea scarred then that could be a permanent problem and could distort the vision. But with the LASIK procedure you don't have to worry about that, because there's really no surgery done directly on the outer layer. They go to the inner layer and the outer membrane is basically intact.

I had myopia, the nearsightedness was pretty bad. I also had very bad astigmatism that made it really difficult to even get a good fit with glasses and contacts, sometimes. And he corrected both of them. He has restored me to 20/20 vision." —Claude Marguette


"Many people say that they feel a freedom, and I would say yeah. It is definitely a freedom. We videotaped my surgery; it took eleven minutes to do both eyes. It was painless. It's just an amazing experience. I would recommend it for all of my family, my loved ones. I would do it again, but I know I won't have to." —Bob Lim


"I compared the costs of contacts and glasses to the cost of the surgery and I realized that I would come out even in about two years. And then I realized that I had additional expenses like the dog grabbing the glasses, the kids sitting on the glasses, throwing my contacts out one time, that made it just much more worth it.

Dr. Ellis was very comfortable to talk to. He gave me confidence that this procedure would turn out for me and his whole office was just very nice to work with. They were very kind. I was very scared and they were more than kind in how they took care of me. I had it done, now I see with 20/20 vision and it is wonderful." —Kristen Jones


"My vision is great. I mean, my left eye is 20/20 and right eye is 20/30. It is wonderful to see the freeway signs. It didn't hurt at all. It was quick. It was easy. The thing I like the best is that you get up in the middle of the night, or you wake up first thing in the morning, and you look at the clock and you can see it. You don't have to get up and put your glasses on before you can even see the clock." —Sharon Tocchini


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