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
I had a truly awful experience at Advanced Vision Care. I suffered a severe detached retina in my Right eye only 8 weeks after surgery. I then had my follow up appointment cancelled, I was then sent two ‘Refer a Friend’ to Advanced Vision Care? They also sent me the Surgeons schedule for another hospital. They did not apologise for either events nor acknowledged it? I underwent 6 operations at Moorfields who saved my sight in my right eye and have recently just attended my 113th appointment at Moorfields. They have been superb with me. My countless emails to Advanced Vision Care are ignored as I request monies back and regardless of their approach to my plight and request, I refuse to be rude or abusive about them as an organisation. I simply makes me more determined to obtain my monies back. What I do know is that me writing reviews like this (which is 100% factual I might add, sadly for me, I have no need to embellish) is not ideal for Advanced Vision Care or, myself.
Excellent-all options and procedures were explained clearly. Every member of staff dealt with seemed highly competent.
I was really nervous having my treatment done, but was more worried about how sore my eyes would be in the days afterwards. But the treatment itself was very quick and apart from being slightly dry i felt absolutely fine afterwards. It has been about 10 days now and I can see everything, it’s amazing no more glasses or contacts. I would recommend this treatment to anyone and I am very glad I got it done at Advance VisionCare as they were very friendly and professional, special thanks to Pawel for his help before and during treatment.
EXCELLENT SERVICE FROM START TO FINISH, I AM VERY PLEASED WITH THE RESULTS. I WAS MADE TO FEEL RELAXED WHEN THE PROCEDURE TOOK PLACE. WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND AVC TO ANYONE THINKING OF HAVING LASER SURGERY
Mrs Patricia Browne
I am not a vain person but I did find having to wear glasses stressful, especially when I started to need them for distance as well as close work. My optician casually mentioned Advanced VisionCare in Harley Street and various treatments knowing I was so unhappy with glasses and contact lenses, which I had been trying. 2 years later I really had had enough of my glasses and had been quite unsuccessful with contact lenses. I phoned Advanced Vision Care and following an informative conversation with one of the team, received detailed information about the treatment that would be most suitable for me. I arranged an appointment in Harley Street for a consultation which was very thorough and at this appointment I also met Mr Pillai, the surgeon, who was very approachable and put me at ease. This was the start of a very successful journey; I would recommend it to anyone! I am 67 and for me it was a choice between a facial treatment or my eyes, I know I have chosen right. It has made me feel so much younger, no hassle with glasses or contact lenses. I wish I had it done years ago!
•Customer care was very good •Natalie was very helpful •All staff were professional •Cannot comment where to improve •Good attention to detail •Very accommodating from assessment to treatment •Caring and committed staff •Consultant was brilliant and very approachable as were all the staff
Cannot fault the treatment I received at this clinic from start to finish, I wish I had gone for surgery years ago!! You will not be disappointed.
All the staff were very kind bt the young lady who tested me on my visits was very good at explaining all my tests.
Treated with wavefront lasik 3 weeks ago by the excellent Mr Pillai in Harley Street. What can I say? Exceeded all my expectations - from -7.00 in both eyes with a good degree of astigmatism and night-time myopia to 20/20 vision (and improved night vision!). Vision has settled remarkably quickly and the consultation, treatment and aftercare have been thorough. After previously approaching other providers, what a relief to be examined thoroughly by the surgeon I would be entrusting my sight to! The inclusive overnight stay in a lovely hotel was much appreciated and my aftercare appointments are local, a godsend for those of us not living in the big city! If you're debating the cost, I'll stick with the old adage that you get what you pay for. I've received excellent care from a highly qualified Consultant Refractive Surgeon and his team and I am delighted with the results.
I have absolutely no negative comments or experiences to tell of what so ever. I am happy I chose the best Clinic I could have and I have told everyone I know this as well. I was made to feel special from the moment I entered the building, to the moment I left.