If you have a refractive error, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, Refractive Surgery is a method for correcting or improving your vision. For many patients, Refractive Surgery allows them to see better than at any other time in their lives. 

About Us

We offer the most recent advancements in laser eye surgery technology to ensure better outcomes and increased safety while delivering the highest quality of care. Our experienced team of faculty optometrists and ophthalmologists provide personalized eye care and top-notch surgical skills. 

Top rated surgeons 

Our surgeons specialize in cornea and refractive surgery. They are fellowship-trained from some of the most prestigious medical schools in the country and have over 30 years of combined LASIK and PRK surgical experience. The optometric team that evaluates and performs the pre- and post-operative care has experience in over 20,000 cases of laser refractive surgery.  Please click on a plus sign (+) below to read more about each of our doctors.

Our Services

Since 2000, the Refractive Surgery Center has proved itself a regional center for excellence in refractive surgery. Our doctors can help you choose the right solution to achieve your vision goals. Our goal is to provide each patient with the facts and resources needed to make the best decision for each individual.


We perform a thorough evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for laser vision correction. This includes a careful analysis of the cornea using the Oculus Pentacam™ HR anterior segment tomography unit. The Pentacam provides a high-resolution scan and offers more information about the cornea than most other units available today. It is considered the gold standard in refractive surgery screening. We will evaluate your refractive error, ocular health and medical health to determine if you are a good candidate for surgery.

Advanced Technology

Our Refractive Surgery Center uses the newest, state of the art technology for laser vision correction. This includes the OCULUS PENTACAM, iDESIGN, STAR S4 IR EXCIMER LASER, and INTRALASE iFS LASER. For more information on our advanced technology, please visit our Refractive Surgery Advanced Technology page.


Our fee includes a comprehensive pre-operative exam, surgery, and post-operative care for six months, as well as any re-treatment (enhancement) procedure for two years. Please click on the plus sign (+) below for more information, or call us at (510) 643-2860 .

Is Refractive Surgery right for me? 

Eye surgery can free you from glasses and contact lenses, but it’s not right for everybody. Answering the questions below will help you determine if you are a good candidate. 

  • Have your eyes fully developed? Refractive surgery is FDA-approved for people aged 18 and older who have achieved ocular maturity. 
  • Has your prescription remained stable— meaning it hasn’t changed—for at least two consecutive years? 
  • Are your eyes healthy? It is important for the eyes to be free of diseases, injuries, and infections. 

Refractive Surgery Facts

We offer complimentary consultations! Please call to set up an appointment with Dr. Kathy Tran, Chief of the Refractive Surgery Center.

Our surgeons have over 30 years of combined LASIK and PRK surgical experience. 

Contact Us

Appointments can be made in person, by telephone, or by email.

Refractive Surgery Center 
Herbert Wertheim School of Optometry & Vision Science
200 Minor Addition
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720

(510) 643-2860 

Clinic Chief 
Dr. Kathy Tran, OD, FAAO
Associate Clinical Professor