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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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6. Compare Clinics

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7. Surgeon Reviews

8. London Vision Clinic Reviews

Rating Date

22 Nov 2003

I am 53 years old and had one short sighted eye and one very lazy eye, and also a high astigmatism in both eyes. I wore spectacles from the age of 5, then contact lenses from the age of 22. Suddenly, in the last 18 months my eyes would not tolerate contacts any longer so I had to wear spectacles all the time. I really hated this and therefore decided I wanted to have Laser surgery. I talked to my optician who told me to go on the Internet and "check out" the companies and surgeons very carefully. I became very despondent as I could not find anyone with the equipment or experience to correct the high astigmatism. Then I found Professor Dan Reinstein at the London Vision Clinic, who had the expertise to correct my vision.I found him extremely professional and felt at ease from the beginning. I had my surgery 4 months ago and I am delighted with the results. It is wonderful to go from being totally reliant on spectacles, to only having to wear them for very close-up work, I feel like I have my freedom back again. My brother has since visited the Clinic, has gone ahead with surgery, and is also delighted. My son (who is living in Spain) has made an appointment, and is coming to England to let Dan laser his eyes. What better recommendation than this can there be ? Definitely 5 star rating.

21 Apr 2009

I had blended vision treatment 3 years ago at the London Vision Clinic with Dan Reinstein. Best decision I have made after wearing glasses for 30 years (-3.75 and -4.25) short-sightedness plus last few years also needing reading glasses. I have had 2 further adjustments to sharpen my reading eye. All treatment and post operative care was included in the price (and still is) plus the professionalism and full explanation of everything given by the staff made the decision an easy one (your eyes are very important and I wouldn't trust anyone less re-assuring). I am quite squeamish but had no problems at all with procedure and Mr Reinstein is exceptional in the way he makes you feel relaxed and totally confident in what he is doing. I would recommend him to anyone and everyone!!

16 Apr 2010

Wowww. Happy with result and I just love doing simple things like walking about without the need for glasses or contact lenses. I was turned away from another eye laser clinic as prescription was too high but London Vision Clinic were able to help me and without being to over the rop – they changed my life for the better.

13 Aug 2010

I was initially very apprehensive about getting my eyes treated. I was recommended London Vision Clinic and have been very pleased from day. The support prior to treatment, the actual surgery to now a year on. I couldn't be happier. Life without glasses/contacts is fantastic

17 Apr 2011

I researched the clinics thoroughly and with patient recommendations, decided on LVC for myself and my 23 year old daughter. As a surgeon I can honestly say the entire pathway is faultless and I would recommend this clinic to colleagues, family and friends - Indeed I have!

22 Jun 2011

The treatment has been everything I could have hoped for and more. The freedom of not wearing glasses and contact lenses has given me the freedom to look the way I want to 24 hours a day. I'd recommend LVC without hesitation.

10 Aug 2011

One of the 'best' things that I have done to and for myself. Best way to describe the results is that my vision is lie 'HD' on a TV. My vision has not been this good in years even whilst wearing prescription glasses. Also the surgery itself was painless.

20 Oct 2011

Love not having to wear contact lenses especially for sport. Great, friendly service throughout the process.

10 Mar 2012

The entire experience was well managed and thoughtful from consultation to post-operative checkup. the freedom from reliance on glasses has been fantastic. The procedure itself was pain free and no more stressful than a regular doctors appointment.

20 May 2012

No need to fear operation. I didn't have a clue what was going on (my choice) and there was 'ZERO' discomfort. It takes time to get the full benefit, but to get rid of glasses is a daily treat.


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