Given the sheer number of places to have laser eye surgery and the plethora of laser eye surgery reviews available online, the question of which is the best laser eye surgery company or surgeon can be daunting.
Treatments, prices and aftercare vary significantly so hopefully this article will help you shortlist one or two that you’d like to research further. We split the list into Nationwide clinics and those in London & The South East only.
* Ultralase was purchased by Optimax’s founder and CEO Russell Ambrose in 2013. Although they continue to have different websites and the brands have not been merged, they share the same locations, surgeons, treatments and prices.
Whilst Optical Express, Optimax and Optegra all have clinics in London, the following four clinics are based in London only and differentiate themselves with the quality of their surgeons and clinics. They are more expensive than the national clinics. The fifth clinic, Centre for Sight, has 2 other clinics outside of London in the South East but has been included in this list as it’s similar in type and quality.
Founded in 2002 by the chief surgeon David Allamby, Focus has continued to generate excellent reviews and says it has a 100% success rate for 20/20 vision. One particular selling point is the 10 year guarantee they offer (most clinics offer just twelve months). They have had plenty of celebs trust them with their laser eye surgery including Denise Van Outen, Mary Portas, David Gandy and Sue Barker.
Price for both eyes:
Founded in 1805, Moorfields Eye Hospital is the oldest it is the oldest and largest centre for ophthalmic treatment, teaching and research in Europe together with its next door neighbour, the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.
It’s private Eye Hospital is well respected with consistently good reviews. They offer laser lens replacement surgery (ICL, RLE) as well as laser eye surgery (PRK, LASEK, and TransPRK) to paying customers or those claiming via insurance. Unfortunately, they do not publish prices on their website.
The London Vision Clinic is a highly respected clinic on Halrey Street founded and led by Professor Reinstein. Their prices are more expensive than most but they claim to have a 100% success rate and offer a more personal approach. 96% of their patients have ReLEx SMILE or LASIK surgery.
Price for both eyes:
This is their standard treatment for LASIK, PRK/LASEK, ReLEx SMILE. This will be suitable to treat the prescription most patients.
This more expensive price is charged to the minority of patients with a very high prescriptions as it requires extra screening and planning. The most suitable LASIK, PRK/LASEK or ReLEx SMILE will be selected.
Center for Sight have been offering LASIK eye surgery since 1996 which is longer than any other UK clinic. They currently offer LASIK / IntraLASIK Laser Eye Surgery, Lens Replacement, Cataract surgery, Corneal Grafts, Stem Cell Transplants and Lens Implants including the ICL.
Price for both eyes:
The ‘Intra’ component denotes the use of the revolutionary Intralase iFS Femtosecond laser.
Proprietary LASIK treatment for shortsighted, farsighted and astigmatism patients that uses a specific and highly sophisticated treatment profile.
The more expensive price is for premium Toric lenses. They have astigmatism built in to the implant and used in those with astigmatism on their cornea above 1.25D.
The more expensive price is for premium multifocal Toric lenses.
Founded in 2003 by refractive specialist Dr Pillai, Advanced Vision Care was based in Harley Street offers Laser Eye Surgery, Implantable Contact Lens Surgery, Cataracts Surgery and Keratoconus Surgery.
Unfortunately AVC ceased trading 8th Jan 2020 leaving a few unhappy customers who said they have not received their deposit back and now have no way of contacting them.
It is also worth looking at the inspection reports published on the Quality Care Commission for the clinic you are interested in. They are totally independent and go into depth about their findings.
Do take care to consider factors that will have affected the previous patients’ reviews and don’t be put off straight away if you find a small number of negative reviews. The nationwide clinics like Optimax and Optical Express treat thousands of patients each year so it is natural they that they are going to have at least some unhappy customers. It is therefore important you look at the proportion of negative vs positive reviews.
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