Over the past few decades, laser eye surgery has dramatically evolved. Thanks to advances in technology and more experienced surgeons, the procedure itself is quicker and safer than ever.
As the popularity of laser eye surgery grows, more people are choosing not to wear glasses or contact lenses, and that number is expected to continue to increase.
Of course, there are still plenty of people opting for traditional methods of vision correction, which is why Optical Express is uniquely positioned. It provides the full range of eye care solutions, from glasses and contact lenses to ophthalmic treatments including laser eye surgery and lens surgery. This allows Optical Express to cater for the full spectrum of vision problems that patients have and offer a complete package of correction solutions.
It’s not just the procedure itself that has evolved over time. During an initial consultation to determine suitability for a surgical procedure, instead of asking patients to read an eye chart to assess their vision, optometrists at Optical Express now use iScan to assess the patient’s eyes.
The iScan process consists of multiple diagnostic screening tests, which take less than 20 minutes. They are conducted in a darkened room by a refractive technician who is available to answer any relevant questions.
Exclusive to Optical Express, a comprehensive diagnostic iScan report is created and emailed to the patient that same day.
With the introduction of iScan, all patient clinical data is permanently and securely stored, so any changes to a patient’s vision are automatically recorded and tracked. One of the key benefits of iScan is that it provides early detection of problems, both visual and general health related. Early detection allows patients to take action, whether that is medication, surgery or lifestyle changes, often allowing a problem to be rectified before it develops or worsens.
Following their free consultation – which includes a personalised iScan report – and providing they meet Optical Express’s strict clinical parameters for laser eye or lens surgery, patients can then go on to arrange an appointment for treatment. Treatment prices include comprehensive aftercare and there is also a 24-hour advice line for any questions or concerns.
More than £400 million has been invested in Optical Express clinics, including state-of-the-art technology. Its ophthalmic surgeons have treated more than one million patients worldwide. Globally, they have a combined surgical experience of more than 1,000 years practising ophthalmology and more than 700 years performing refractive surgery.
In a study completed in September 2014 of 336,381 Optical Express patients with the most common prescriptions, 99 per cent achieved 20/20 vision or better after treatment.