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
All aspects of the service I received was excellent.Everyone at the clinic was really helpful and friendly so when it came to the day of my surgery I was not nervous at all.The results are amazing, I wish I had gone for it years ago. It's like having a new lease of life, I am so much more confident now. Thanks Mr Pillai and everyone at AVC.
I have been very impressed with all the services I have received at Bournemouth & London. The treatment has got my vision to a level I did not think I would reach especially with the ICL in my left eye. Thank you.
Totally painless and relaxed procedure from start to finish, I would definitely not hesitate in recommending Advance VisionCare to anybody-my only disappointment is that I didn’t have the treatment sooner!
The whole process was very re-assuring; I’d heard horror stories of conveyer belt laser surgery at other high street clinics. AVC is not that. Very individual car which lasts 18 months after treatment. I was also very reassured to learn Mr Pillai had performed one of the laser technicians daughters.
I researched this procedure on the internet very thoroughly as I was extremely nervous. Once I decided this was for me –everything went ahead so smoothly. All staff at Advance VisionCare and at Colindale was so professional and considerate. Thanks to Advance VisionCare I now have perfect sigh both for distance and for reading. Never before in my life have I had such vision, and I have nothing but respect and gratitude for all the staff.
Like most people I talk to I was concerned at the thought of having my eyes operated on. However I needn’t have worried – the reassurance by Advance Visioncare people all the way thought the process and the expertise of the surgeon made it a happy experience. I have already lowered my golf handicap by a couple of strokes after two weeks. The freedom of not having to wear glasses is amazing! Thanks to you all.
MISS MONIQUE KOX
I’ve checked out various clinics over the internet and ended up choosing Advance Visioncare. The main reason was the excellent initial consultation – staff was very helpful and everything was explained in great detail, with ample time to address any questions. I went from -9.50 with astigmatism to 20/20 vision, which is unbelievable. Every day it still feels too good to be true! Thanks to all staff at Advance Vision-care for making me feel very welcome and providing me with great care!
I decided to have the treatment as my lifestyle is quite active, and I was back in the UK. My experience with Advanced Vision Care was fantastic. I never felt like it was just a ‘sale’. I was very informed all through the process from booking my appointment, through my treatment and at subsequent visits. My life has changed after treatment and my peripheral vision 24/7 is still amazing me! What can I say; so many people take this standard of vision for granted. I just say thank you!
Fantastic experience from start to finish! Your highly professional, extremely capable and very friendly team filled me with confidence from start to finish. After considering a number of surgeons/clinics before deciding on AVC, I’m so glad I made the choice that I did and couldn’t be happier with the way I've been treated at all times. While my left eye has a small amount of improvement to go, I'm seeing as well/better than ever before at night and my right eye is perfect, and I'm hopeful it's going to get even better with time. I'm so happy that I had the surgery and thanks for a great result!
Been very good so far