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
On the day of the first CLE it might have been useful to explain some of the temporary effects to expect as these concerned me at the time. Cloudiness and double vision in the eye! Rationalised that these would pass after a while which they did, but it was a bit concerning at the time. Second eye was therefore easier because I know what to expect. Excellent service, no pressure to make a decision Would recommend (have been) to anyone of my age and prescription. Surgeon Dr.G. is very reassuring and competent. The resultant vision is excellent!!
Right from the start at my initial consultation the levels of care & attention was outstanding. This continued throughout my treatment as a result of the laser eye surgery I already seen an incredible difference in my sight, that’s just over a week after surgery (after 1 day i was 2 lines above driving standards-amazing!). I’d have no hesitation in recommending Advance VisionCare-Dr Pillai and his entire team to any of my friends. This has been without a doubt one of the best and exciting things I’ve done in my life. Thank you all!
Was very impressed how calm i was made to feel on the day of the treatment. Everything was well explained. Was reassured by the phone call later in the day after treatment. Everyone made me feel I was important – not just another case.
GENERALLY THE SERVICE WAS VERY GOOD AND ALL THE MEMBERS OF STAFF WERE FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL. I CAME HERE THROUGH RECOMMENDATION AND WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND TO OTHERS.
I WAS VERY PLEASED AT THE PERSONAL SERVICE I RECEIVED AS AN INDAVIDUAL – NOT A NUMBER ON A PRODUCTION LINE. MR PILLAI WAS ALSO VERY CLEAR AS TO THE RELATIVE RISKS AND HOW THEY WOULD BE MANAGED – WHICH GAVE ME HUGE CONFIDENCE. LASTLY THE DETAILED EXPLANATION OF HOPW THE OPERATION IS CARRIED OUT ENABLED ME TO BE MORE RELAXED AND COMPOSED TGROUGHOUT THE PROCEEDURE - -WHICH OTHERWISE WOULD GHAVE BEEN QUITE WORRYING. I AM DELIGHTED WITH THE RESULT, EVEN AFTER JUST 3 WEEKS AND WOULD NOT HESITATE TO RECOMMEND MR PILLAI.
I wanted to congratulate you on the quality and level of service I received whilst having lens replacement treatment at AVC. After searching around on the internet, I kept coming across a company called AVC in London, which was receiving very high recommendations. Anyone asking about other companies that perform the same surgeries were directed by people in chat forums to AVC, I now know why. From the greeting of the receptionist through to the surgery and aftercare, I could not have been more satisfied. The whole team were professional, informative and genuinely caring about me and my eyes. All treatment options were explained and the most important part of this to me was the expectation of my vision after the operation. Previous companies I had been to, had always said my vision would be perfect. AVC advised me that they could guarantee it would be good; exceptional was possible, but never guaranteed as everyone’s eyes are different. (After my treatment I was able to read as good as I could with my glasses, this will improve over the next few weeks, giving even more clarity). The surgical team showed a high level of professionalism and caring on the day of surgery. In the space of two hours I saw six different people, each with a specific role. At no time during this was I left alone, it was like an orchestra; everyone knowing exactly when to play their instrument. My wife accompanied me on the day, during my surgery the team ensured that she was looked after and was comfortable too. Special thanks needs to be paid to Pawel as he made sure that before, during and after the treatment I was kept informed and felt comfortable. I will recommend you to all who ask, and will tell my story to others. Thank you,
“Really impressed, very accomodating with emergency appointment. All staff were lovely. Excellent care before, during and after treatment. Such amazing results. Best thing I ever did!”
Wish I had done this 10 years ago!
Excellent friendly helpful advice and treatment, clearly explained. Professional clean environment at operating clinic. Surprisingly minimal discomfort for clear lens replacement surgery. Excellent aftercare
i had my eyes done a couple of weeks ago and am very happy with the results. i had -1.75 in both eyes and now have better than 20/20 in both. I would recommend advance vision care to anyone that is considering the surgery. The procedure and possible complications were explained thoroughly and while i was very nervous about the operation it was no problem having it done.