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Advanced Vision Care

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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


06 Apr 2004

I wanted improved vision without glasses for sailing. I still expected to need glasses for day to day work. Intial contact with Classic Eyes Abindon convinced me to use Advance VisionCare but I was unsure of the Local Management Centre so had most earley evaluation & aftercare at Harley St. Staff were very helpful arranging this. Overall treatment exceeded my expectations with almost -10 prescription. Complications with right eye left some over correction but I did not want further treatments. At almost 9 months the left eye is almost perfect & the right is very good. I thought I would still need glasses but none are needed (except for close work in bad light - better than average for my age). I would recommend Mr Pillai to anyone. I have moved to Weymouth and had follow up at Classic Eyes Bournemouth. They gave me excellent service.

20 Nov 2004

Today was my one-year check up after my surgery and I contrive to have 20-20 vision. For me it is the best thing I have ever done. The staff and surgeon are all helpful and put you at ease from day 1, anything you ask, they will answer. If anyone is thinking of having this done, then go for it. Thank you Advance Vision Care!

30 Mar 2005

My case was somewhat unusal as I had a complication with the flap on my left eye. My right eye was a complete sucess which meant vision was a little odd whilist I waited for the second operation 8 weeks laster. From this point of view, i would recommend that if at all possible, clients should have both eyes done at the same time. Anyway , I have just had the second operation on the left eye and I am delighted with the results. In fact it seems left sensitive than the right one was at the same point in time. My case proves that complications can occur but equally, in the right hands, they can be easly rectified. I would recomend Mr Pilai & Cassie, Richard and Lela to anyone. I truly felt that no time or exspence was spared in order to achieve the best results.

25 Aug 2005

The staff were excellent and answered all qustions thoroughly. Theny made me feel cofident about having surgery.Mr Pillai and Cassie were great during the surgery, explaning what they were doing and making feel calmer although I was scared. Lela did not mind any questions, no matter how silly they may have been. Overall I would recommend this team to anyone having/thinking about laser eye surgery. I have never had any "business" treat me so well.

11 Nov 2005

I previously had -6.5 in both eyes and went in for the Wavefront LASEK as recommended by Mr Pillai due to my large pupil size. The worst part of the treatment was probably the bandage lens as it is slightly annoying, but there was no pain. 5 days after the treatment I was driving and seeing without the need for glasses or contacts and had excellent vision. Almost 6 months on and I have no complaints whatsoever and am very pleased with my choice. With thanks to Mr Pillai, Cassie and the rest of the staff at Advanced Vision Care.

03 May 2006

01/05/06 To Anyone considering Laser Vision Correction... The decision to have laser eye surgery was a big one for me and I had been contemplating it for 4 years. As a Dentist any failure in vision could have jeopardized my career and that was my primary concern. I am also keen on Martial Arts and was concerned by the possible risk of traumatic injury to the Lasik flap. Various other clinics had conflicting opinions on this but none were totally convincing or reassuring. I carried out a vast amount of research talking to many eye clinics, opticians, patients and the internet. I did bombard the Advance Visioncare team with questions via phone calls and email but Lela, Donna and Mark very patiently answered them and never seemed put off by my constant badgering. Mr. Pillai even called me back to answer some queries and I felt confident enough to proceed with treatment. All the way thro’ from initial assessment to treatment to aftercare it truly was a “Personalised Laser Treatment” I opted to have Lasek and was worried about after pain and light sensitivity. I needn’t have worried as the treatment was quick and pain free. I travelled home by train and was able to see the countryside and even watched TV in the evening!! At my 5 day review my bandage contact lenses were removed and I was passed fit to drive. I resumed dentistry after 10 days though I could have returned earlier. At 2 week review I was 20:20 vision!! I never had any night vision problems and no dryness (though I kept using the drops as recommended). The only downside was tired eyes towards the evening. I would like to thank the team for their care and especially to Lela for her patience. And a big thanks to Mr. Pillai for his clinical expertise and for giving me freedom from glasses and contact lenses. I have great trust in Mr. Pillai and would definitely recommend him to anyone. Y B Savania BChD MFGDP(UK) -3.75 corrected by Lasek with Wavefront

10 Nov 2006

Very professional service, staff both helpful & caring. As a patient with extremely bad eyesight and astigmatism (-8) both eye. I was not suitable for treatment at any surgeries. However, a friend had recently had surgery at Harley Street and was more than happy with the whole procedure from the initial stage to the surgery. I was confident this was the place for me to have an important procedure to gain maximum results. I now have 20/20 vision which I never thought possible and this in itself is great value for the expense I have incurred. Thank you so much!!

10 Mar 2007

We have both been delighted with both the treatment and aftercare we have received and it is great not to have to use glasses.

07 Aug 2007

I would just like to say thanx on a job well done. Everyone was very caring, clear and precise. Every appointment attended was not chore, Thanx again!!

13 Nov 2007

Excellent Service right from the start. Despite my worrying it didn't hurt a bit and was over before you know it. Would recommend to anyone - it's a life changing operation.

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