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Optical Express opens new laser treatment centre in Dartford

Local MP Gareth Johnson has officially opened our new state-of-the-art eye surgery clinic and treatment centre in Dartford. The new clinic in Dartford Crossways, brings the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies in eye care to the area, including laser eye, Intraocular Lens (IOL) and cataract surgery. 

The new facilities represent a £3 million investment in the area and will provide a range of vision correction services to patients. The clinic is also creating new specialist jobs in Dartford, and we are recruiting new Optometrists and Ophthalmic Surgeons to join the clinic team.

The clinic will offer every patient a free consultation for laser or lens surgery, typically valued at £100. The detailed consultation includes a comprehensive eye health check, using the latest diagnostic equipment.

The new 10,000 square feet treatment centre in Dartford is a relocation and expansion of a smaller Optical Express clinic within Bluewater Shopping Centre. The new treatment centre means patients can now receive a wider variety of treatments such as lens replacement or cataract surgery in Dartford, rather than having to travel into central London for surgery. It is close to Stone Crossing Train Station and has 48 parking spaces on site, making it extra convenient for patients.

The new clinic and treatment centre will also help to alleviate demand on local NHS services at a time when they are under increased pressure. Traditional forms of vision correction are currently having a significant impact on patients and NHS resources, particularly at NHS Eye Hospitals. Contact lenses carry a significant risk of infection, while bifocal and multifocal glasses are a major contributor to serious trips and falls, many of which result in hospital admission. Greater availability and uptake of vision correction surgery would address both these issues and reduce the number of patients requiring medical assistance, helping to protect the NHS. Modern day surgical procedures provide extremely safe, effective and environmentally friendly vision correction solutions, with life-changing benefits.

Gareth Johnson, Member of Parliament for Dartford, said:

“The opening of this new clinic is fantastic news for Dartford. Our town is a great place to do business, and this investment in new jobs and state of the art technology by Optical Express proves just that. It was a pleasure to meet the friendly, professional team who gave me a tour of the new facilities. I was also reassured to see the rigorous Covid-secure measures in place in the clinic. Businesses across Dartford are playing their part in helping to limit the spread of infection.”

Stephen Hannan, Clinical Services Director at Optical Express, said:

“Offering a first-class experience to our patients is always our main objective, so it’s fantastic to be working in state-of-the-art facilities at the new clinic. The clinic’s Ophthalmic Surgeons and Optometrists are amongst the most experienced in the country at delivering clinical care and carrying out life changing treatments. Access to clinical care, advanced equipment and the experience of our team are just some of the reasons why we’re the number one complete eye care provider in the UK.  We encourage anyone who has an interest in improving their vision to come for a consultation.  The outcomes, as determined by our clinicians and patients alike, from our private laser and Intraocular lens eye procedures, are truly life enhancing.”

David Moulsdale, Optical Express, Chairman and CEO, said:

“This £3 million investment in Dartford will hugely benefit our patients and the local economy. We are determined that our response to coronavirus will be to continue to expand and invest in our excellent clinics. We’re aiming to retain and attract the very best local talent, and are recruiting for a variety of roles, including optometrists and managers, across the country.”


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