Quality and governance bodies

As the UK's number one provider of laser eye surgery, our commitment to patient care is backed up by our membership of a number of industry governing bodies.

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Care Quality Commission (CQC)

Care Quality Commission (CQC)

Our clinics in England are inspected by the Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator of health and social care which is responsible for enforcing government regulatory standards. See the CQC website for their judgements about our compliance with national standards.

General Optical Council (GOC)

General Optical Council (GOC)

Optical Express is fully registered with the GOC, the regulatory body for optical professions in the UK. We adhere to their strict standards of treatment and care.

The Eye Laser Association (ELA)

The Eye Laser Association (ELA)

The ELA was established in 2003, with Optical Express as a founding member. Its purpose is to establish a code of best practice within the industry, ensuring that all patients of member clinics are treated to the highest clinical standards.

The Optical Confederation (OC)

The Optical Confederation (OC)

Optical Express are members of the OC. Our clinicians and clinics follow the OC Multidisciplinary Standards for Refractive Surgery

Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCO)

Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCO)

Many of our surgeons are members of the RCO.

General Medical Council (GMC)

General Medical Council (GMC)

All Optical Express surgeons are fully registered and approved by the General Medical Council.

International Medical Advisory Board (IMAB)

International Medical Advisory Board (IMAB)

The IMAB provides our surgeons with continuous education, ensuring we stay at the forefront of eye surgery advancement and research.

The Ireland Medical Council (Comhairle na nDochtuiri Leighis) (IMC)

The Ireland Medical Council / Comhairle na nDocht ir Leighis (IMC)

All Optical Express surgeons based in Ireland are registered with the IMC, assuring the quality of and guidance on professional standards of ethical conducts.

The Optician Board of Ireland (Bord na Radharcmhastoiri)

The Optician Board of Ireland (Bord na Radharcmhastoiri)

Every Optical Express surgeon working in Ireland is a member of this statutory authority, which regulates the registration and practice of optometrists and dispensing opticians.

Association of Optometrists Ireland (AOI)

Association of Optometrists Ireland (AOI)

The AOI provides a supervisory and ethical environment for optometrists. All Optical Express optometrists in Ireland adhere to the guidelines issued by this professional body.

Further information

Optical Express teams comply with and exceed the standards for refractive surgery published by the organisations FODO, ABDO, ACLM and FMO in June 2017. These standards, available here, are designed to ensure that you receive the highest quality of care in all aspects of your treatment, including your initial assessment with our optometrists, your discussions with our ophthalmic surgeon, the procedure itself and the aftercare we provide for you.

If you would like any further information about these standards and how they affect the services we provide, please contact

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