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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 for people of all ages, we are the leading provider of cataract operations in the UK outside of the NHS.

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.
Our clinics+
As one of the world’s largest providers of refractive 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. 
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 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 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+
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 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.