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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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2. Treatments

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.

3. Technology

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 ProcedurePrice (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:

  • Allianz
  • BUPA and BUPA International
  • Cigna
  • 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


al kirk

17 Feb 2020
No Rating

great clinic

10 Dec 2015

A procedure on your eyes is a frightening yet exciting idea. Make sure you do all the research possible on the Doctor doing the procedure. Ensure you look at their individual success rates rather an a national collective rate plucked from a national magazine. Is the Doctor registered with the health commission? Ask as many questions as possible!

Make sure you get to see and speak with the Surgeon throughout, from consultation to pre-procedure. Money should not be the issue. Choose the experience. Doctors with experience will also know what to do should anything go wrong. Go for it!! It’s worth it!!!

10 Dec 2015

I had been wearing glasses for 24 years and contact lenses for roughly 10-12 years. I had contemplated on having laser eye surgery for a few years, but I was too nervous to actual got to see someone about it!

In the end I plucked up the courage and did my research. As it was my eyes which is very precious, id didn’t want to go these “Supermarket” type places, as researching about them didn’t feel me with any confidence. That was until I came upon Advance VisionCare-Mr Pillai and his team. This was the best decision; I made choosing Advance VisionCare. The experience of Mr Pillai and the reputation was made me go through with although there are other chains offering deals on laser eye surgery. My thinking is you can’t put a price on your vision; I would rather pay the extra and choose the best qualified person to do the job., which I did and it was the best present I could ever have given myself.

The whole team are fantastic, especially on the day I was very nervous and was put at ease. The procedure do not hurt one bit I would highly recommend Advance VisionCare.

10 Dec 2015

The overall care from the start to the aftercare which i am still receiving is excellent and would not hesitate to recomment you to anyone, as i already have. The person is just as impresswed with you as I am.

With Thanks,

Gary Dowsett.

10 Dec 2015

Excellent friendly helpful advice and treatment, clearly explained. Professional clean environment at operating clinic. Surprisingly minimal discomfort for clear lens replacement surgery. Excellent aftercare

10 Dec 2015

Staring from -6 my first treatment went well however I over healed slightly and was left with a slight prescription in both eyes.

Mr Pillai was very assuring and 4 months after my original treatment I received a courtesy re-treatment. I am now 20/20 in both eyes and very pleased. I have received excellent care and service from both Mr Pillai and his team.

10 Dec 2015

All of my treatment from initial consultation to surgery to aftercare has been excellent and the results far exceeded my expectations.

To be able to read the bottom line in an eye test is amazing and something I thought I’d never be able to do without glasses.

I’ve been very fortunate to have had not only excellent results with my eyesight but also absolutely no side effects whatsoever.

I’m so happy that I had corrective eye surgery and would recommend it to anyone and everyone!! Thank You!

10 Dec 2015

My treatment and consultations all took place at 77, Harley Street. I have any complaints about the level of care given.

The members of staff were all well informed and answered all my questions.

10 Dec 2015

Thank you, thank you i am very grateful to Mr Pillai and his team for the excellent treatment I received.

Wishing you all the very best.

30 Jul 2008

I found the whole team extremely professional and I was extremely confident in their ability to correct my vision. Mr Pillai made me feel very at ease and answered all my questions satisfactorily. I was amazed at how quickly the surgery was completed and my husband who was watching was enthralled! My eyes were only slightly sore and red the first day and once the temporary lenses were removed they felt much better and I was already 2 lines better than UK driving standard. By day 2 I was driving again and can not thank Advance VisionCare for their expertise and kindness.

05 Aug 2008

A very professional service delivered by knowledgeable and experienced practitioners.

I always felt like I was in good hands and I am looking forward to a time when my eyes are fully recovered.

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