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Our procedures are carried out using some of the most state-of-the-art technology available anywhere in the world.
Over £400 million has been invested in our technology and clinics to ensure our surgeons have access to advanced technological innovations in laser eye and lens surgery. All of our laser eye surgery treatments are performed using the VISX STAR S4 IR™ excimer laser system. The laser technology available in every Optical Express treatment clinic is the same technology that led NASA to approve laser eye surgery for astronauts.

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.
Sportsmen and celebrities, including Tiger Woods and Cindy Crawford have elected to use the VISX laser for their own surgeries. 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
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Just like a fingerprint, your eyes are unique – each eye having its own individual characteristics.

At Optical Express, both our iLASIK and LASEK treatments may be enhanced with iDesign, revolutionary wavefront diagnostic technology that can detect even the most minute imperfections of your eye, allowing your surgeon to customise your treatment to the exact specification of your eyes.
iDesign captures over 1,200 micro readings of your eye prescription, five times more than previous wavefront technology.

To put this in context, for glasses and contact lenses only one reading is measured. Using advanced, high-definition, wavefront-guided technology to take a one-of-a-kind snapshot of your eye, iDesign collects five different measurements at the push of a button.
This 3-D image is a highly accurate ‘blueprint’ of your eye, detailing every minute characteristic, allowing your surgeon to generate a customised treatment plan, unique to you. This information is then transferred to the computer-guided laser to correct these imperfections, thus correcting your vision.
Not only does iDesign give us the ability to correct your eye prescription to a higher accuracy than your glasses and contact lenses resulting in better vision, but we can now treat more complex and higher prescriptions than ever before. Even those that have previously been told they are unsuitable for eye surgery.
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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.
Why insist on the iFS 150?
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.
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Femtosecond laser technology
All Laser Natural Lens Replacement Surgery is a method of performing lens surgery comprising sophisticated non-invasive femtosecond laser technology.  

Developed in close collaboration with a medical advisory board of global experts, this advanced technology is a precision guided laser system which further improves procedure safety and efficacy.
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