1. Review of Advanced Vision Care
Advanced Vision Care (AVC) is an independent surgeon-led clinic founded in 2003 by Mr Pillai on Harley Street, London. With no affiliation with any manufacturers, you should be able to count on treatment that’s best suited to your needs.
AVC’s Medical Director and lead surgeon, Mr Pillai, has nearly three decades of ophthalmic experience and is one of the few surgeons to have fellowships for both refractive laser surgery and cornea treatment. Patients even enjoy the benefit of speaking to Mr Pillai during the initial consultation, and can look forward to a stress-free aftercare plan, including any retreatment if necessary.
What makes AVC different? This clinic prides itself on being able to treat any eye prescription using a wide mix of treatments, meaning it may just be able to help you, even if other clinics have turned your down. Its patients also give this clinic the thumbs up, leaving hundreds of positive reviews on our site over the years.
- AVC tailors treatments to its customers’ specific visual needs.
- You can receive eye care from a small team of eye experts, each with 25 years of experience.
- Laser and non-laser treatments sit under one roof, for customer convenience.
Is there anything else I should know? As you’d expect, cutting-edge eye surgery on Harley Street comes at a price, and this time it’s higher on average than you’ll find at some of the other top-rated eye clinics dotted around the UK. And unless you happen to live in central London, there may not be a clinic near you.
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Advanced Vision Care specialises in laser as well as non-laser vision correction treatments, including all the usual suspects: LASIK, LASEK, implantable contact lenses (ICL surgery), lens replacement surgery, cataract surgery and keratoconus treatment.
- Advanced Wavefront LASIK / LASEK – Highly accurate laser surgery for those with thin eye surfaces or active lifestyles.
- Phototherapeutic Keratectomy (PTK) – Therapy for treating long-term eye conditions.
- Implantable Contact Lens (EVO Visian ICL) – Suitable for patients with complex eye prescriptions, thin corneas or dry eyes.
- Lens Replacement (Refractive Lens Exchange) – Eye surgery for those over 40 with a reading prescription.
- Cataract Surgery – Removes cloudy lenses, and replaces them with artificial clear ones.
- Corneal Implants – Reshape irregular eye shapes to make contact lenses more comfortable.
As is standard with eye surgery clinics, all AVC treatments come with a 12 month aftercare package, which includes: regular check-ups, 24-hour eye expert support line, and post-op medication for the first month.
In the unlikely event that you require eye surgery enhancement, any laser fine tuning or YAG laser capsule thickening removal (following cataract treatment) is available at no extra cost.
Advanced Vision Care was the first clinic in the UK to house the complete Alcon Refractive Suite, which it claims is the safest non-laser technology in the country. It creates a personalised treatment plan that starts with a Verion Image Guided system in your first consultation, and continues throughout the surgery with devices that ensure superior visualisation.
The laser eye surgery treatment is also advanced. The femtosecond Intralase 5F Laser works blade-free by using pulses of harmless light to create a corneal flap, and the Bausch Teneo 317 Excimer Laser takes just 3 to 5 seconds to correct your vision.
What’s more, the highly accurate Advanced Wavefront technology is included in all laser treatments as standard, and an Eye Tracking System tracks eye movements, so you don’t need to worry about blinking during the procedure.
4. Advanced Vision Care Prices
AVC has some of the most reasonable payment options out there. It’s not the cheapest – high street clinics such as Optical Express and Ultralase take the crown for cost – but the free consultation, fixed prices, and flexible interest free finances all help their treatments work around you.
Is it worth paying more? Of course, that’s for you to decide. But to give you an idea of the prices, laser eye surgery at AVC costs £2,100 (per eye), compared to well-reviewed alternatives such as Optical Express and AccuVision which come in at around half that on average.
|Eye Surgery Procedure||Price (per eye)||Finance Options (per month)|
|Advanced Wavefront LASIK||£2,100||£66.67
(24 months, 0% APR)
|Phototherapeutic Keratectomy (PTK)||£2,100||£66.67
(24 months, 0% APR)
|ICL Surgery (Simple Lens)||£3,450 - £3,750||£122.22 - £138.89
(18 months, 0% APR)
|ICL Surgery (Specialist Lens)||£4,150||£161.11
(18 months, 0% APR)
|Monofocal lens surgery||£3,150 - £3,450||£105.56 - 122.22
(18 months, 0% APR)
|Multifocal lens surgery||£3,750 - £4,050||£138.89 - £155.56
(18 months, 0% APR)
|Keratoconus Treatment||£2,150 - £2,450||£91.67 - £108.33
(18 months, 0% APR)
Are there finance options?
Yes, AVC has partnered with Hitachi Finance to offer flexible payment plans, meaning you can pay the full cost of eye surgery in bite-size monthly installments.
For example, you could pay for laser eye surgery in chunks of £66.67 a month for two years interest free, or £33.59 for 60 months at 9.9% APR. That’s generous – most clinics require 11% APR, and only the first year at 0% interest.
Does medical insurance cover the surgery costs at AVC?
Yes, AVC is an accredited provider of ophthalmic surgery for many of the UK’s leading insurance companies, including:
- AXA PPP
- BUPA and BUPA International
- Simply Health
As always, you’ll need to confirm how you would like to pay before booking your surgery, both with your chosen clinic and your medical insurer.
Read more: Laser eye surgery costs explained
5. AVC Review: The Verdict
Advanced Vision Care consistently receives a five-star rating from hundreds of patients, which is why this clinic makes it to our list of the best laser eye surgery clinics in the UK.
With in-depth consultations providing an honest assessment of whether eye surgery is right for you, Advanced Vision Care also takes the prize for being one of the top places for laser eye surgery in London.
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Advanced Vision Care Reviews
Nicholas Saul Claridge
I am really over the moon with the eye-surgary that I had. All of the staff Mr Pillai, and Dr Regina were really friendly and helpful and made me feel very relaxed. The operation it's self was totally painless and very fast, and I had total confidance in the staff. I had the operation at 4pm and was at home by 6pm, Initially there was a bit of pain and discomfort. But after taking a pain killer and relaxing in a room for a couple of hours I was feeling fine. I even saw a bit of a film that evening, that had sub titles and had no trouble with reading them,"amazing". I would recommend this surgary to anyone with out hesitation.
I have found it very helpful to be able to telephone with queries post op. My eyesight is extremely good; I have some dryness in the eyes but the gel is helping. as I had cataracts in both eyes I had expected that I might have problems after the operation but I am delighted with the results and cannot speak too highly of the care I have received.
I had some initial watering from my left eye and a slight infection. I was looked after by the doctor and nurse extremely well. I was seen to check everything was clearing up much more than the usual aftercare session. This gave me great comfort.
The care I have received is first rate. I may have to decide whether or not to have further surgery and there is a differential healing rate, but these have been very clearly explained to me by Mr Pillai. I hope in the future there will also be a treatment for the inability to read without glasses, for which I now suffer. My far vision, although not yet very good, is improved.
Penelope Jane Baatz
What Can I say ! A faultness service from start to finish. Impeccable timekeeping-totally comprehensive explanations delivered in a friendly and non-threatening way by Cassie who gets 10 out 10 for putting me at ease both before and during surgery. Dr Pillai - you have changed my life - thank you so much for that. 20/20 vision-what more could I ask for? You are a star.
The service has been excellent from start to finish. Everything was thoroughly explained, great care was taken & at no point did I feel under any pressure. Even more importantly I am delighted with the results. My vision is better than it ever was with glasses or contact lenses-what more can I say. Thank You.
When I came to see Mr. Pillai on a Friday evening, I was most impressed by his commitment to stay behind and run through the consultation with me himself. The consultation lasted 2 hours. That immediately stood out to me. After 2 weeks since I had Lasik Waverfront surgery, I can see perfectly! I have fortunately not suffered from dry eyes but just have to make sure I put in eye drops on a regular basis as I work long hours in front of a PC. I would like to thank Mr. Pillai and his team for their care and all their advice. I am certainly looking forward to my wedding knowing I have one less stress to worry about! I certainly would recommend laser eye surgery at Advance Vision Care to anyone.
Very professional service, staff both helpful & caring.
We have both been delighted with both the treatment and aftercare we have received and it is great not to have to use glasses.
Will recommend to others.