Though he was destined to become an ophthalmologist, Dr. William Ellis didn't always have a clear vision for his career. As an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, he studied electrical engineering, focusing on field and wave transmission—lasers, in other words. It was a worthy prelude to his eventual specialty, since after completing medical school and his residency, though, Dr. Ellis realized the enormous potential of lasers—via the revolutionary new procedure known as LASIK—to help his patients see more clearly. Since then, he has performed more than 68,000 LASIK surgeries and even helped pioneer Epi-LASIK, a version of the procedure that doesn't use blades to make the incision. At his practices throughout the Bay Area, Dr. Ellis continues to take pride in performing every LASIK procedure, giving patrons the gift of clear eyesight so they can finally make out the tiny poems written between the lines of barcodes.
Dr. Jay Bansal has performed more than 20,000 successful LASIK procedures since his 1994 certification by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Bansal, a physician trainer for IntraLase technology and the medical director of LaserVue Eye Center, performs every single LASIK procedure at three of the center?s four locations: San Francisco, Mountain View, and Walnut Creek. He specializes in a blade-free process using iLASIK wavefront technology, which relies on advanced lasers and enhanced optical imagery to improve a patient?s chances of achieving 20/20 or better vision while decreasing their chances of experiencing nighttime blurriness. In addition to LASIK, LaserVue?s American Board of Ophthalmology-certified eye surgeons and ophthalmic technicians offer several types of cataract surgery, as well as treatments for other ocular conditions such as dry eye or glaucoma.
The Monetta family has been helping Bay Area locals see for nearly 60 years. At Eyes in Disguise and Dr. Monetta Optometry, Dr. Robert Monetta O.D. proudly carries on his father's practice that he took over nearly 30 years ago. He uses his own experience to expertly screen patients of all ages for vision loss and chronic eye conditions. At either of Dr. Monetta's optical shops, patients can choose from stylish handmade frames or brand-name pieces from Kazuo Kawasaki, Gucci, and Prada, and can also count on superior patient care and customer service.
Dr. Vincent Penza and Dr. Katherine Morioka have seen a lot of each other during their lives. They both attended the University of California at Berkeley, where they received their Doctor of Optometry degrees, and upon graduation combined forces to start City Optometry—where they’ve been tag-teaming clients' vision for the past 20 years. Nowadays the two visionaries keep peepers enjoying the sights of the city with services such as eye exams and LASIK consultations. In an ever-evolving field, they keep their office updated with state-of-the-art tools such as Stratus OCT Diagnostic Imaging, which snaps digital photographs of the retina that can detect abnormalities, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. After clients receive their prescription, they can peruse shelves lined with eyewear from Christian Dior, Ray Ban, and Lafont to bolster a fashionable look and thinly veil a superhero alter ego.
Dr. Michael R. Macdonald has surgical treatments in his blood. His earliest inspiration came from his father, who worked as a pediatric head and neck surgeon in their native Toronto. That influence stuck: the young Macdonald took up the family stethoscope by studying surgery at the University of Toronto, even training under his father for a portion of his first residency. He continued his education at the University of California, San Francisco, and, enamored of the city, decided to stay to open his practice.
Today, Dr. Macdonald provides both cosmetic and reconstructive treatments from the comfort of his clinic. In addition to performing plastic-surgery treatments, he leads a team of skincare specialists who tend to clients with facials and advanced laser treatments. Dr. Macdonald also extends his beautifying mission beyond the practice?s walls, contributing his time and talents to a number of charitable organizations.
Quilted stools standing before curved mirrors, plush curtains cordoning off treatment rooms, all lend an air of 1940s glam to Lashfully's eyelash salon. The lash artists ? at this highly praised salon ? work to lend their clients the same glamorous air, with lush synthetic mink eyelash extensions to enhance their eyes. Co-owner and head artist Liv Contreras trains each artist herself to artfully customize each client's lash extensions from a selection of 100 styles, differing in length, thickness, or curvature. Just like a middle school couple, natural lash and extension stay together for two to four weeks, until the native lash grows out naturally. Because of this, touchups are recommended every few weeks.