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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
  • Laser Blended Vision: Laser eye surgery to treat the need for reading glasses
  • PRK / LASEK: Eye surgery for those who are not suitable for LASIK
  • Permanent lens implants: An alternative treatment to Laser Blended Vision, if you have a very high prescription
  • 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 (both eyes)Finance Plans
Standard ReLEx SMILE, LASIK, PRK / LASEK£5,200£392 / month (12 months, 0% APR) or £196 / month
(24 months, 0% APR)
High profile ReLEx SMILE, LASIK, PRK / LASEK£6,500£500 / month (12 months, 0% APR) or £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 specialists, including Mr Alastair Stuart, who is a member of the General Medical Council and fellow 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

RatingDate

25 Nov 2003

Earlier this year I made the decision to have laser eye surgery to correct mild myopia in both eyes (-3.0). Over the past 18 months I had been developing an intolerance to my contact lenses to the point where I could no longer wear them. Having worn contact lenses for the past 20 years this was a serious inconvenience! Having to resort to wearing glasses with 2 very physically active young children was a big problem. I chose The London Vision Clinic after performing extensive research into laser procedures/clinics. Being a Healthcare Professional myself I wanted to be sure that my eyes were in the safest, most expert professional hands. Finding a good laser eye surgeon can be a bewildering experience, there are so many clinics out there all seeming to have eminently qualified Opthalmic Surgeons. However, for me the big difference that sets The London Vision Clinic apart is the simple fact that Dan Reinstein is an expert in refractive surgery (if you check most other clinics surgeons cv's you will find that they are not necessarily primarily refractive surgeons and that refractive surgery may be only one aspect of their opthalmic career) but it's all Dan does! - He teaches others to do it! He isn't a 'contracted in surgeon' as can be the case with other clinics. In my experience he demonstrates not only a great depth of knowledge, expertise and professionalism but a deep personal committment to the work he does not only in surgically correcting visual impairments but in his involvement in research and development of new surgical techniques. I underwent surgery with The London Vision Clinic in July 2003 and it has made a huge difference in my life, my vision is now 20/12 and better now than it was wearing glasses/lenses.The operation was very straightforward with some mild discomfort during the actual procedure and a 'gritty' sensation in my eyes for approximately 6-8 hours afterwards. I woke up the next day still with some sensitivity to light but otherwise could see without difficulty (or the need for glasses!). My aftercare continues to be very thorough with regular checks by Professor Reinstein. I have had/am having a thoroughly positive experience of laser eye surgery and would absolutely recommend Dan Reinstein and The London Vision Clinic as being 'The Best in the Business!'.

27 Apr 2009

Dr Dan and all the staff at London Vision Clinic are real stars - had the surgery on Saturday and the results are just amazing. From the initial enquiry right through to the 24 hour post op appointment the service has been amazing. Yes it's a lot of money, but it's your eyesight that you are putting in someone's hands, and if you want the best then you have to pay for it - and Dr Dan is certainly the best. The very thorough and in-depth initial consultation and the after-care, which are all included in the price, are second to none. If you are considering Laser Surgery don't go anywhere else!!! After over 20 years of complete reliance on either glasses or contact lenses I now have complete freedom and it's absolutely brilliant

19 Apr 2010

The whole experience was excellent within a four day stay in London. I had all the tests, treatment and can now see clearly without any glasses or contact lenses, first time in 40 years. Thanks to all the staff.

15 Aug 2010

I have rarely come across such amazingly smooth, professional and thorough practice as yours. It has been a pleasure from the 1st moment of contact on the telephone with Dana all the way to operation with Dan (God's Assistant!) and after!

17 Apr 2011

My prescription was very unique bein very long sighted and having a large astigmatism, so when I was told I was eligible for surgery at LVC I was very pleased. The procedure itself could not have gone more smoothly and it has absolutely changed my life being glasses and contact free. Strongly recommend!

10 Jul 2011

Firstly and most importantly it does not hurt at all and is very straight forward. I had blended vision which does take 3 to 6 months for your eyesight to become perfect, but it does! I wish I had done it years ago!!

11 Aug 2011

It has improved in every aspect of my life. I no longer have to worry about how long I can wear my contact lenses for or whether I need to be carrying around glasses and prescription sunglasses. I can also now see everything to my pupils are doing. They can't get away with anything now!

22 Oct 2011

The whole process from consultaion to operation to post-op was seamless. The staff are all lovely, caring and helpful. Dan is wonderfully reassuring throughout the surgery. I highly recommend the clinic.

15 Mar 2012

I cannot praise the staff or Dr. Carp enough with their professional manner and the care and understanding given to me, their reassurance made the whole procedure much more relaxing. Everything was explained fully and I am delighted with my 'new' eyes. Thank you.

21 May 2012

Whole experience most successful and enjoyable! Any anxities quickly allayed by professional reassurance and information. Mad to feel at ease and well-informed at all times, even during actual surgery. Would highly recommend (and have done!)


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