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.
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.
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.
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.
Murrieta Optometry outfits eyeballs in style with a selection of more than 1,000 frames and keeps peepers primed with comprehensive ocular-health screenings. Like a reality TV show about Lewis and Clark, the comprehensive eye exam ($129) prevents visionary duos from fading into obsolescence, digitally zeroing in on prescription needs, checking for blind spots, and assessing retina health. The optical-coherence tomography ($39) peeks into the dusty corners of a client's peepers, checking for warning signs of glaucoma and other retinal maladies. Customize specs by fitting lenses ($79+ for glasses; $94+ for sunglasses) into frames culled from an enormous selection of designer brands such as Juicy Couture ($210) and Ray-Ban ($133). Murrieta stands behind its lens and frames for a full year, reworking defective spectacles until vision is clearer than Casper's face after being wiped with an Oxy pad.
With multiple degrees in the sciences and optometry, Dr. Judy Nguyen uses her wealth of optical expertise to outfit blurry-eyed customers with an array of designer specs. The family eye-care practice provides comprehensive eye exams and screenings and accepts 10 insurance providers, accommodating the peepers of young and old with fashion-forward adult frames by Ray-Ban and Versace and kids' styles by Disney and Sight for Students. Dr. Nguyen and her amiable staff help patients select the right styles of eyewear without being pushy or insulting their previous Krazy Straw frames.