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London Vision Clinic

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472 Reviews

I was told, by several consultants, that my prescription (-11, with astigmatism) was too high for corrective laser eye surgery. A friend recommended LVC. After researching websites, initial enquiries, receipt of extensive informat ...Read more

Since the London Vision Clinic opened its doors in 2002, it has sought to provide the highest possible standard of clinical and patient care in the field of laser eye surgery.

As you would expect from a Harley Street address, the London Vision Clinic offers advanced laser technology, extensive eye assessments, and a range of treatments, even for very high prescriptions.

What makes the London Vision Clinic different? It provides an expert, personalised service for every patient, including one of the most rigorous and detailed screening processes anywhere in the world.

Is there anything to look out for? The London Vision Clinic is one of the most expensive centres for vision correction in the UK – with LASIK eye surgery prices starting at £2,600, you may end up paying double what you would pay elsewhere.

Based on independent reports from the CQC, objective research, and nearly 500 real customer reviews,, here is how the London Vision Clinic ranks in terms of its clinic, costs, treatments and surgeons:

Overall RatingClinic RatingCost RatingSurgeon RatingTreatments Rating

(4.0 out of 5)

(4.4 out of 5)

(3.7 out of 5)

(4.5 out of 5)

(4.3 out of 5)

Does the treatment justify the costs? To find out if there’s a better rated eye clinic near you, use our free tool here. Or, read on to dig deeper into:

  1. London Vision Clinic Review
  2. Treatments Offered
  3. Prices
  4. London Vision Clinic Surgeons
  5. The Verdict
  6. Surgeon Reviews
  7. 472 Patient Reviews

1. London Vision Clinic Review

(4.0 out of 5)

“I should not have waited so long. The experience of the London Vision Clinic has almost been a pleasure!” – Andrew E.

Based on the hundreds of reviews previous patients have left on our site since 2002, the London Vision Clinic really seems to be providing a five-star laser eye surgery service.

Customers particularly appreciate the professionalism of the staff, as well as the honesty the surgeons show in initial consultations. If surgery is not right for you, you can rely on the London Vision Clinic to tell you straight. Those who opted for ophthalmic correction with the London Vision Clinic did not regret it.

However, you will also be paying a premium with the company’s services. Laser eye surgery costs well above average, and it’s simply not truthful to claim that if you’re not paying top dollar for a Harley Street clinic, you’re not taking your vision seriously. Eye surgery procedures such as LASIK and LASEK are considered low risk, and there are plenty of well-reviewed alternatives that charge much less.

Pros: Specialists in laser eye surgery, reliable assessments, fixed prices, 0% finance options, highly experienced surgeons, comprehensive eye assessments, treatments for high prescriptions

Cons: Extremely high costs (around double competitors)

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2. London Vision Clinic Treatments

(4.3 out of 5)

“I had zero discomfort, and an almost immediate return to normal life. Best thing I have ever done – hands down!” – Jakob Aungiers

The London Vision Clinic specialises in laser eye surgery, and 96% of its customers choose either ReLEx SMILE or LASIK surgery. That said, lens replacement surgery (including cataract surgery) is available on a personalised plan.

Here are the main procedures offered by the London Vision Clinic:

  • ReLEx SMILE / LASIK: A minimally invasive laser eye treatment
  • PRK / LASEK: Eye surgery for those who are not suitable for LASIK
  • Laser Blended Vision: Laser eye surgery for very high prescriptions
  • Permanent lens implants: Surgery for ageing eyes
  • Surgery for astigmatism: Laser surgery to correct the shape of your eye
  • Cataract surgery: Treatment for cloudy lenses

This is a wider range of treatment than in many eye clinics, and the laser eye surgery plans on offer are all tailored to each individual eye.

3. London Vision Clinic Costs

(3.7 out of 5)

Laser eye surgery at the London Vision Clinic costs between £2,600 and £3,250 (per eye), depending on your prescription, and whether you choose the standard or high profile treatment. These prices are head and shoulders above rivals, with £1,789 the average cost of LASIK and LASEK treatments in the UK.

TreatmentCost (per eye)Finance Plans
Standard ReLEx SMILE, LASIK, PRK / LASEK£2,600£196 / month
(24 months, 0% APR)
High profile ReLEx SMILE, LASIK, PRK / LASEK£3,250£250 / month
(24 months, 0% APR)

Though expensive, the London Vision Clinic’s prices are refreshingly transparent. Consultation is also free, as it is at most other clinics. Sadly, prices for lens replacement surgery (including cataract surgery) aren’t publically available, so you can expect some sweet-talking sales calls to find out what this process will cost you.

So, is it worth paying these prices? How much you are willing to spend will of course be up to you, but given the general safety of laser eye surgery as a procedure (95% of eye surgeries are complication free, according to the RCOphth), you shouldn’t feel pressured into paying through the nose.

What if I can’t afford it? You have two options – pay between £196 and £250 a month over two years interest free on the London Vision Clinic’s finance plan, or select a well-reviewed high street clinic such as Optical Express or Ultralase.

4. Surgeons

(4.5 out of 5)

“Having worn glasses since the age of 8, my life has now changed completely. As I travel frequently, life has become much easier without glasses, prescription sunglasses, and contact lenses. I can’t thank Prof Reinstein and all the staff enough.” – Susanne S.

The London Vision Clinic prides itself on its internationally renowned optometrists, Professor Dan Reinstein and Mr Glenn Carp.

Professor Reinstein is an expert in laser eye surgery, having devoted his life to this practice, while Mr Carp has won awards for clinical research. Both surgeons receive solid five-star ratings on our site.

The clinic strives to remain at the forefront of technological developments. Professor Reinstein even helped to develop the Artemis™, which claims the title of the world’s most accurate corneal scanner.

The clinic is also home to a number of specialist ophthalmologists in cataract and refractive surgery, including Mr Alastair Stuart and Mr Alex Day, who are members of the General Medical Council and fellows of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

5. The Verdict

(4.0 out of 5)

The London Vision Clinic is the go-to for patients with complicated or unusually high prescriptions, including many people who have been turned away by other clinics. It uses pioneering techniques, such as ReLEx – an innovative ‘flap-less’ treatment for short-sightedness – and Laser Blended Vision, a revolutionary new treatment which can liberate you from reading glasses for a number of years.

But for anyone who is looking for safe and effective laser eye surgery that won’t break the bank, the London Vision Clinic is probably not your best bet.

The main benefits of the London Vision Clinic are:

  • Its surgeons have the most extensive experience of treating presbyopia by laser eye surgery in the world.
  • Its advanced technology is able to safely treat far higher prescriptions than other clinics.
  • It has a very large staff to patient ratio, so you can expect a highly personal service.
  • It has world-renowned surgeons, with particular experience in complication management.
  • You are in safe hands, with a stellar safety record, and the highest level of pre-operative and post-operative testing in the UK.

However, you can find negative reviews on the London Vision Clinic due to its high costs. These uncompetitive prices are what knock it off the top spot of the best laser eye surgery clinics in the UK, which you can read here.

That said, with a reputation for providing excellent attention from staff, the London Vision Clinic still comes in at number 5 in our list of the best laser eye surgery clinics in London.

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7. Surgeon Reviews

8. London Vision Clinic Reviews


03 Dec 2006

I was lucky enough to recieve my laser eye treament courtesy of LIVINGtv's Extreme Makeover programme in October 2005. However I was extrememly impressed with the pre-treatment consultation and the clear paperwork explaining the risks of the Lasik process. I was both shortsighted with astigmatism in one eye, as well as already wearing varifocals to correct age-related long-sightedness. Professor Dan took me through the rather terrifying, though short and painless process wonderfully, and though the first operation was not sucessful, his reassurance was wonderful and the subsequent proceedure in January 2006 was 100% sucessful, and a recent visit to my local optician confirms that I now have 20/20 vision with no need of spectacles or lenses. I am still benfitting from the London Vision Clinic's excellent after care, and am apprciative of all their effors and Prof. Dan's skill every morning then I can see every leaf of the trees outside my bedroom window the secoend I open my eyes... thanks you all!

12 Jun 2010

Fantastic! Feels a little strange at first, kept pushing glasses up my nose which weren't there. Can apply make-up, now feel more confident. Working with animals glasses can be a nuisance, no longer have that problem. Lots of positive comments from family and friends. Very, very pleased would recommend LVC to anyone.

12 Dec 2010

It's only natural to be a little apprehensive about having such a procedure done on your eyes but honestly it is the best thing I could have done and would recommend it to anyone thinking about. The new found freedom is absolutely brilliant! And the staff are great too! Thank you so much!

24 Jul 2011

After having been told by another eye clinic that I was not suitable for surgery, I approached the LVC and they very professionally answered all my questions. LVC have transformed by life - I can even read telephone directories! Amazing results, I would recommend to anyone. Thank you.

19 Aug 2011

I was absolutely amazed by the level of customer service that I received. I have never known any level of customer service like this before. Katy was my patient carer and she was fabulous arranging everything from my medical care to even coming to see me on my day of treatment bringing me a coffee and taking me to my taxi. I have thrown away my distance glasses AND reading glasses at age 59! I can't recommend Mr Carp more highly, he put me right at ease. Thank-you.

06 Nov 2011

From day one the standard of care at LVC was outstanding. I was very anxious on the day of surgery but felt well prepared and had complete confidence in my surgeon Glenn Carp. The procedure was a strange experience, but completely painless. My sight for distance and reading is A1 and no problems at all following treatment. I have a whole new quality of life - thank you Gleen. Thank you LVC

05 Apr 2012

LVC do a great job - the service is first class! You are in great hands and having experienced it, I can say with confidence that there is nothing to worry about on the day of the operation.

30 Jun 2012

I had been thinking of laser eye surgery for years but never had the courage to do it. After many people told me it was a painless procedure I took the courage and contacted the LVC. I was impressed and reassured from the minute I walked through the door. Everything went perfectly and all I got was a stiff neck for my fault. There was nothing to be scared of and I would do it again.

29 Jul 2016

Last month I had cataract and natural lens replacement surgeries.
I am 81 years of age and have worn glasses for 38 years. But my vision
got a bit blurry. I found it difficult to thread a needle and needed a magnifying
glass to read even with my glasses on.
Then, after my annual eye examination, when the optician told me that I have
cataracts, I contacted Optical Express to find out about laser eye surgery.
After very comprehensive eye examinations I met Mr Kazakos who explained
the procedure in detail and answered all my questions.

I was very nervous on the day of the first surgery, but quickly Mr Kazakos
and the team re-assured me and put me at ease. The surgery took only
minutes and was completely painless. After a short recovery period and in receipt of a bagful of eye drops, with instructions how to use them, I could
go home. I experienced absolutely no discomfort or pain after both surgeries
and my vision has improved dramatically. To read even the smallest newsprint
is no problem. My long vision is still slightly blurry , but I am told that this
will improve with time. The aftercare is excellent.

I am very happy that I chose laser eye surgery and would not hesitate to
recommend it to anyone.

Thank you Mr Kazakos

25 Sep 2009

I was anxious before surgery, the staff put me at ease, the head and shoulder massage was unexpected surprise and helped me relax. Glen Carp explained everything clearly before the treatment and explained everything he was doing during the surgery. I felt very comfortable being informed. Excellent treatment!

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