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Why choose Optical Express?-
Optical Express provides exceptional clinical expertise, a comprehensive aftercare programme and over £350 million has been invested in new technology in our clinics. Optical Express’ record of success speaks for itself; as the only national provider of complete eyecare, Optical Express has been looking after the vision and health of patients’ eyes for over twenty years. Providing expert eyecare and laser eye treatment for people of all ages, we are the leading provider of cataract operations in the UK outside of the NHS.

As one of the world’s largest providers of refractive and laser eye surgery, over £350 million has been invested in new technology in our clinics to ensure their surgeons have access to the most advanced technological innovations in refractive surgery.

Optical Express has received an average score of 4.83/5 from 12,422 reviews of Laser Eye Surgery.

Our surgeons+
Optical Express maintains the highest standards in every aspect of our treatments and nowhere is that more evident than with our highly skilled team of experienced surgeons. All of their surgeons are registered in accordance with professional guidelines and are fully registered with the General Medical Council. Every Optical Express ophthalmic surgeon has a proven track record of best practice standards in the field of refractive surgery and many have enhanced their experience by operating throughout the world.

Optical Express surgeons are annually assessed by the International Medical Advisory Board (IMAB) which consists of several of the world’s leading refractive surgeons. The panel includes Steve Schallhorn, former Head of Ophthalmology for the US Navy, and world leading ophthalmic surgeon Dr. Jan Venter. The IMAB conferences are a fantastic opportunity for professional development, as they facilitate the continual improvement of our surgeons’ knowledge. It is vital that they are aware of recent developments in the laser vision correction field. It is also an important way to ensure that they are up to date with industry regulations.

imab_schallhorn_imabSteve Schallhorn – Chairman of IMAB

Mr. Steve Schallhorn is internationally acknowledged as one of the most respected laser eye surgery surgeons in the world. He is the Chairman of the Optical Express International Medical Advisory Board (IMAB) and has published over 70 articles and research papers on refractive treatments, technology and methods.

 

imab_schallhorn_imabSteven Dell

Mr. Dell is internationally recognised as one of the finest refractive and cataract surgeons in the world. He has performed over 15,000 surgical procedures and has been named America’s Top Ophthalmologist 3 times in the last 10 years.

 

 

imab_schallhorn_imabMarguerite McDonald

On October 12, 1999, Ms. McDonald performed the world’s first Summit/Autonomous wavefront-based excimer laser surgeries; these cases were also the first wavefront-based laser surgeries in the U.S. She joined the Optical Express International Medical Advisory Board (IMAB) in 2013.

Our lasers+
VISX STAR S4 IR
VISX lasers are the most popular lasers used in the laser eye surgery industry, currently treating over 60% of patients in the USA and proven to deliver safe, accurate and precise results. The VISX STAR platform’s heritage of dependability and performance is well known in the industry. The STAR S4 IR from VISX has taken that reputation to an even higher level. The VISX STAR S4 IR works by emitting a gentle, cool laser beam that reshapes the cornea. The precision of the VISX STAR S4 IR laser means that it removes less tissue from the cornea per dioptre of prescription than most other lasers currently in use. Each pulse of the VISX STAR S4 IR laser eliminates 0.25 microns of tissue – that’s one thousandth of a millimetre, which is the same as removing 1/200th of a human hair or 1/39,000,000th of an inch in four billionths of a second! All Optical Express lasers employ advanced eye tracking technology in order to ensure the highest standard of vision for our patients following the procedure. A 3-D eye tracker guides the beam of the laser as it moves over the cornea, ensuring that only the section of the cornea requiring laser eye treatment receives reshaping. The 3-D tracker also follows the movement of the eye if it shifts so the laser remains on course, enabling a precise and completely safe treatment. Sportsmen and celebrities, including Tiger Woods and Cindy Crawford have elected to use the VISX laser for their own surgeries.

iFS 150

All iLASIK treatments at Optical Express are carried out using the IntraLase method to create the protective flap at the beginning of treatment, an all-laser technique using the state-of-the-art IntraLase iFS 150 femtosecond laser. Optical Express is the only nationwide laser eye surgery provider in the UK to use the iFS 150 IntraLase treatment technology in every clinic. The iFS 150 takes Intralase laser eye surgery to a whole new standard of speed and control. The iFS 150 supercedes the FS60 used by most other UK providers and offers:

  • More precision
  • More accuracy
  • Faster treatment
  • Faster results
  • Improved patient satisfaction

There’s an iFS 150 at an Optical Express near you. With more treatment clinics than any other provider in the UK, you won’t be far away from this unmatched technology.

Aftercare+
Following your laser eye or lens surgery, you can rest assured that Optical Express will continue to look after you and provide
comprehensive aftercare tailored to your specific needs. Following your treatment, Optical Express will check your progress regularly to ensure that the recovery process is progressing naturally. At one day, one week, one month, through your aftercare appointments and beyond, Optical Express is here for you.

  • 24-HOUR medical helpline
  • FREE comprehensive aftercare
  • FREE enhancement treatment for 12 months
  • FREE eye tests for life
  • Largest number of aftercare locations in UK & Ireland
Frequently Asked Questions+

Is laser eye surgery safe?

Yes, laser eye surgery is very safe and is the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the world. Over 35 million people have benefitted from laser eye surgery treatment and we are proud to have treated over 2 million of those worldwide patients. As is the case with any medical procedure, there are of course risks to consider. The risks associated with laser eye surgery are minimal, which is shown by the fact that the overwhelming majority of patients not develop a complication. Even the few who do, find that the majority of these can be effectively managed by simple steps such as using eye drops. Optical Express uses the most advanced technology in all of its clinics and our eye surgeons are amongst the most experienced. Our clinical specialists are trained to manage complications and to ensure that the best possible outcome is achieved for each patient.

How much does laser eye surgery cost?

The cost of laser eye surgery is dependent on your prescription level, the visual outcome that you wish to achieve (corrected distance vision, reading vision or both) and the type of procedure that you are suitable for. Once you have undergone a consultation appointment, we can give you an exact cost for the treatment type that you are suitable for. Typical starting costs for a laser eye surgery procedure are from £595 per eye for standard treatment and up to £1,495 per eye for our most advanced iDesign iLASIK procedure. More information about costs and patient financing options can be found here.

Am I a suitable candidate for laser eye surgery?

A consultation with a qualified optometrist is the only way to discover and gain full understanding about what surgery options are available to you. The majority of the people who attend our consultation appointments are suitable candidates for laser eye surgery. Treatments such as lens replacement surgery are sometimes a better option for patients who are unable to benefit from laser eye surgery. More often than not, there is a surgical solution available for someone who wishes to finally be free from their glasses or contact lenses.

How quickly will I notice the results?

Most patients will notice an immediate improvement in their eyesight following laser eye surgery. Due to variations in each person’s natural propensity for healing, some may find that it can take between 24 and 48 hours before the results become as apparent. All of our patients are required to use eye drops following surgery and it is not uncommon for this practise to continue for a while afterwards. This is to help promote healing of the eyes. The frequency and duration of this will vary from person to person and will dissipate over time.

Why should I let an optician perform my surgery?

Optical Express’ record of success speaks for itself; as the only national provider of complete eyecare, Optical Express has been looking after the vision and health of patients’ eyes for over twenty years. Providing expert eyecare for people of all ages, Optical Express is the leading provider of cataract operations in the UK outside of the NHS. Every Optical Express ophthalmic surgeon has a proven track record of best practice standards in the field of refractive and laser eye surgery and many have enhanced their experience by operating throughout the world.

Do shopping centre locations provide a quality service?

Optical Express clinics are found in locations that are easily accessible to our patients. Over £350 million has been invested in new technology in our clinics to ensure our surgeons have access to advanced technological innovations in refractive surgery. You can rest assured that the technology used in every Optical Express clinic during your consultation, treatment and aftercare will involve the industry leader in refractive surgery technology.

How qualified are Optical Express surgeons?

Optical Express maintains the highest standards in every aspect of our treatments and nowhere is that more evident than with our highly skilled team of experienced surgeons. All of their surgeons are registered in accordance with professional guidelines and are fully registered with the General Medical Council. Every Optical Express ophthalmic surgeon has a proven track record of best practice standards in the field of refractive surgery and many have enhanced their experience by operating throughout the world. You can view each of our surgeon’s credentials here.

Can I meet my surgeon before the day of my surgery?

Patients attend a pre-operative consultation with one of our experienced optometrists who is specifically and specially trained to work in the field of refractive surgery. Our optometrists are responsible for establishing the baseline measurements required for the surgeon to determine suitability for the procedure. They are able to screen out those for whom refractive surgery is plainly not an option, and even offer alternative treatments. This allows our surgeons to spend more time with patients who are, or may be candidate for surgery. It is the surgeon who ultimately determines whether a patient is eligible for a procedure. Our surgeons are among the most experienced in the world and are also highly trained to manage rare post-operative complications. The optometrist follows up on the routine post-operative patients, but our surgeons are available for the appropriate advice and management as required. Meeting the surgeon on the day of treatment ensures that your treating surgeon is handling the final part of your consent process as well as carrying out your procedure.

How qualified are your optometrists?

All of our optometrists are registered with the General Optical Council and have attended and passed our rigorous training courses which cover all aspects of refractive surgery in terms of pre-operative and post-operative evaluation, technology and post-operative care.

† 99.3% of Optical Express patients achieve 20/20 vision or better following laser eye surgery. Based on a study of 293,955 patients, December 2013.