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Optical Express has been looking after the vision and health of our patients’ eyes for over twenty years. With over £350 million invested in technology in our clinics, we have ensured that our surgeons have access to the most advanced technological innovations in refractive surgery. This allows us to provide exceptional clinical expertise, outstanding surgical outcomes, and a comprehensive aftercare programme. Optical Express offers expert eye care for patients of all ages; in addition to being the No. 1 provider of laser eye surgery in the UK, we are also the leading provider of cataract operations in the UK outside of the NHS.
Is it safe?
Laser eye surgery is the most commonly performed elective surgical procedure in the world. Over 35 million people have benefitted from laser eye treatment and our surgeons have performed over 1 million of these procedures. A laser eye procedure is like any other medical procedure with respect to the fact that there are some risks involved. The risks associated are minimal, especially in comparison to other commonly performed surgeries, and our clinical specialists are trained to manage such rare occurrences in a highly effective manner. We use the most advanced technology in all of our clinics and our eye surgeons are amongst the most experienced in the field. You are in safe hands at Optical Express.
How much does it cost?
The cost of laser eye treatment is dependent on a number of factors, including the health and prescription of your eyes, and the treatment(s) you are found to be clinically suitable for. We are able to assess these factors during the course of a free consultation and then give you an exact cost for your treatment at this initial appointment. The cost for a laser eye procedure starts from £395 per eye for standard treatment, and £1,895 per eye for the most advanced, iDesign iLasik eye surgery treatment. More information about cost and patient financing options can be found here.
Am I a suitable candidate for laser eye surgery?
Your suitability for a laser eye procedure can only be determined by one of our qualified optometrists at a free consultation. The majority of patients that visit us for one of these appointments are suitable for
laser eye treatment. When a person is found to be unsuitable for laser eye surgery, they can often still be offered a different treatment option; such as lens replacement surgery. There is usually a solution available for someone who wishes to finally be free of their glasses and contact lenses.
How quickly will I notice the results?
Most patients will notice an immediate improvement in their eyesight following LASIK laser eye surgery. Some patients may need 24-48 hours to notice this level of improvement however and this is simply because of variations in how quickly people naturally heal. Some of our patients may need to use eye drops for a short time following treatment. This helps promote healing in the eye and is a normal part of the aftercare programme.
The healing time following LASEK surgery is slightly longer than with LASIK, with good vision typically achieved in four to seven days.
How long does it take to perform a laser eye treatment?
Overall, the laser eye procedure is complete within 10 minutes. Creating a corneal flap with our advanced iFS™150 IntraLase technology takes just 10 seconds. After this initial step, the subsequent correction of the prescription typically takes less than one minute for each eye. The eyes are anaesthetised during the procedure.
What aftercare is provided following a laser eye procedure?
We are dedicated to delivering an excellent level of care for every patient, and we provide a comprehensive aftercare programme following laser eye treatment. On the day after surgery and then at regular intervals thereafter, a patient’s eyes are examined to monitor healing and visual progress. All patients also have access to a clinician 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, by way of a dedicated telephone number, and if required can be seen right away. Additionally, we have a clinical team that are devoted solely to patient aftercare.
Optical Express has received an average score of 4.64/5 from 50,350 reviews of Laser Eye Surgery.
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.
Steve 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.
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.
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.
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.
All LASIK eye surgery 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 LASIK 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:
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.
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.
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 a 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.
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