William Ellis, MD, FACS



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

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

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

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

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

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.

Serving patients seeking LASIK in San Francisco, Mill Valley 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 a pioneer in the field of laser eye surgery. One of the first surgeons in the nation to perform laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK), he also developed the sophisticated variation of LASIK known as Epi-LASIK. Dr. Ellis has performed more than 50,000 laser eye surgery procedures over a career spanning more than 33 years.

Dr. Ellis' expertise in refractive laser eye surgery was formally recognized when he was invited to chair a panel on the surgical correction of astigmatism at the 26th International Congress of Ophthalmology. In addition, Dr. Ellis is the author of several respected ophthalmology textbooks and numerous scientific articles discussing various aspects of refractive eye surgery.

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

Ellis Eye & Laser Medical Center has six surgical suites located throughout Northern California. Dr. Ellis personally performs all laser eye surgery procedures at all six locations. For patients who are not LASIK candidates, Dr. Ellis offers Epi-LASIK, PRK and radial keratotomy. At his offices, patients can also undergo refractive lens exchange surgery (RLE) and cataract surgery with premium IOLs. The goal of all of these procedures is to improve his patients' eyesight and reduce their dependence on corrective eyewear.

To learn more about you vision correction options, contact Ellis Eye & Laser Medical Center toll free at (866) 624-8767 and schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. William Ellis.

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

Bladeless LASIK at Ellis Eye & Laser Medical Center

Dr. William Ellis focuses his practice on performing bladeless LASIK. This procedure combines the Technolas 217 excimer laser and a femtosecond laser in order to eliminate the need for any bladed instruments. This approach usually results in crystal-clear vision and minimal discomfort.

In order to deliver the most precise LASIK treatment possible, Dr. Ellis uses a sophisticated instrument that creates a map of the patient's cornea. This map, which shows even the minutest imperfections in corneal shape, is used to program the excimer laser. The excimer laser corrects the imperfections in the cornea so that it refracts light rays more precisely. As a result, the patient perceives clear images at all distances.

Prior to administering the excimer laser treatment, Dr. Ellis must create a small flap in the outermost layer of the cornea. He uses a femtosecond laser to perform this task (as opposed to a mechanical handheld blade). Dr. Ellis then folds the flap out of the way and reshapes the underlying tissues with the excimer laser. The corneal flap is then replaced in its original position and serves as a natural bandage.

About Dr. William Ellis

Dr. William Ellis received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He then completed his Medical Doctorate at Washington University in St. Louis. He performed a residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Department of Ophthalmology, and studied under Russian professor Svyatoslav Fyodorov — the pioneer of modern radial keratotomy. Dr. Ellis 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 of San Francisco LASIK Patients

"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


"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


"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


"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


"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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