Optegra is a leading provider of laser eye surgery and lens replacement surgery in the UK, and often receives independent five-star reviews from its customers. You can choose from 30 Optegra clinics dotted around the UK, each one equipped with advanced technology, whilst keeping your vision correction costs in check.
So, what makes Optegra special? Optegra specialises solely in eyes, so you can feel safe in the hands of ophthalmic experts (not cosmetic surgeons). What’s more, its 155 eye consultants are hugely experienced, having corrected the sight of over one billion eyes to date.
Who doesn’t like Optegra? Based on our reviews, a few patients have been disappointed with the level of customer service at Optegra – and recent government inspectors weren’t impressed by the safety standards of the hospital.
Based on over 100 real customer reviews, independent reports from the CQC, and objective research, here is how Optegra fares for its clinic, costs, treatments and surgeons:
|Optegra Rating Overall||Clinic Rating||Cost Rating||Surgeon Rating||Treatments Rating|
(4.1 out of 5)
(4.4 out of 5)
(3.7 out of 5)
(4.4 out of 5)
(4.2 out of 5)
- Optegra Review
- Clinic Rating
- Optegra Prices
- Optegra Surgeons
- The Verdict
- Surgeon Reviews
- 119 Patient Reviews
1. Optegra Review
(4.1 out of 5)
“I now have perfect vision. I was most impressed with the professionalism and care that I received from all the staff at Optegra.” – Rachel Whitlam
Optegra has an overall five-star customer rating, based on nearly 9,000 independent reviews on Lasik Eyes since 2002. Former eye surgery patients reserve the most praise for the clinic’s attentive staff, quality lenses, and value for money. That’s right Optegra prices are hard to beat in the UK.
But beware – the CQC (Care Quality Commission) rates Optegra London as requiring improvement. Although the staff are caring, inspectors found the clinic missed the bar on safety standards (such as providing sufficient information leaflets), and lacks effective leadership.
Pros: Experts in lens replacement surgery, eye specialists since 1804, fixed prices, 0% finance options, affordable eye surgery
Cons: Poor CQC rating, hit-and-miss customer service
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2. Clinic Rating
“After scrabbling for glasses on waking every day since I was 4 years old, I finally have freedom! Optegra has first class care and facilities – highly recommended.” – Dorothea Heath
(4.4 out of 5)
Optegra has a range of eye hospitals and clinics nationwide that vary in standards. The most recent reports from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated Optegra’s clinics in Birmingham, Surrey and Yorkshire as “good”, but the London, Manchester and Whiteley branches “require improvement”.
Optegra stands out for opening its doors: it hosts regular open evenings, where prospective patients can meet consultants, ask questions about the procedure, and take a tour of a specialist eye hospital.
Technology and equipment
Optegra works with world-class manufacturers and suppliers of ophthalmic equipment and instruments.
It also oversees Optegra Eye Sciences, a separate non-profit research division dedicated to the development of eye sciences and advocating the latest innovations in eye care.
3. Optegra Prices
(3.7 out of 5)
Optegra eye surgery prices range between £1,795 and £3,495 per eye, depending on the type of surgery you require, the lens you choose, and the experience of the surgeon. The initial consultation is free, as with many eye clinics.
The cost of eye surgery at Optegra includes your consultation, aftercare, and treatment plan (including lenses if you opt for refractive lens exchange (RLE) surgery).
Optegra’s prices can vary slightly from clinic to clinic, with London costing up to 10% more for refractive treatment. That’s for cover the higher overheads at the capital, but you can also look forward to getting slightly more experienced surgeons for your buck.
Here is a full break-down of costs for the most popular treatments at Optegra:
|Treatment||Cost (per eye)||Description|
|LASIK / LASEK||£1,795||The most common laser eye surgery.|
|SMILE||£2,495||More complex laser eye surgery.|
|Lens Replacement||£3,495||Cataract treatment.|
|ICL (Implantable Contact Lenses)||£3,495||Permanent contact lenses.|
|Presbyond||£2,495||Treatment for presbyopia (long-sightedness).|
These prices are on par with the average cost of laser eye and lens replacement surgery in the UK. Some clinics like Optical Express are less pricey, while private eye hospitals such as Moorfields can charge twice as much as Optegra.
The good? Pay monthly finance options are available, meaning you can get lens replacement surgery for £131.06 a month over 12 months – and if you pay the full cost back within 12 months, it’s interest free.
The bad? Surgery at Optegra’s central London clinic costs around £100 extra for most treatments.
4. Treatments Offered
(4.2 out of 5)
Optegra offers a wide range of laser eye treatments, from laser eye surgery to lens replacement surgery (including cataract surgery), which you can see reviewed below. The main treatments it offers are:
- LASIK and LASEK surgery
- Lens replacement surgery
- Cataract surgery or Refractive Lens Exchange
- Implantable contact lenses
- Presbyopia surgery
Optegra offers Wavefront LASIK and LASEK surgery. This procedure is more advanced than traditional treatments – it treats every eye as individually as a fingerprint, so your treatment will be tailored to you.
The equivalent of lens replacement surgery at Optegra is called Clairvu, which promises the highest standard of refractive lens exchange (RLE). That said, our eye experts could not find any real difference between Optegra’s lens treatment and that of its rivals.
5. Optegra Surgeons
“Mr Morris explained the procedure so clearly, and gave me such confidence throughout.” – Mrs Gillian Fawkes
(4.4 out of 5)
Optegra only hires Fellows of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCO) who are experienced in hundreds of eye surgeries. Each consultant specialises in an area of laser eye or lens replacement surgery, so you can expect an expert in their field, and the right treatment for you personally.
Generally, surgeons receive five-star ratings from previous patients. Mr Robert J. Morris is one of Optegra’s longest standing ophthalmologists – his reviews are good, but he doesn’t quite enjoy as few complaints as surgeons at other clinics.
Optegra’s surgeons are reliable for being:
- NHS trained
- RCOphth approved
- Experienced (5 years or more)
6. The Verdict
I was a little skeptical at first, and thought that at best it would be marginally better than wearing contact lenses – the reality is radically improved sight, comfort, and excellent service. – John Viney
(4.0 out of 5)
Most patients we spoke to had a positive experience with Optegra, and its reputation for providing stress-free surgery secures a space on the 10 best places for laser eye surgery in London and makes the top five laser eye clinics in Manchester.
However, the inadequate rating from independent inspectors just knocks this clinic off the top spot on our list of the best laser eye surgery clinics in the UK.
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Pauline de Marco
I am absolutely delighted that I am now able to see without glasses perfectly. Everything went well. The operation was much more comfortable and quicker than I expected.
After a lifetime of wearing glasses with thick lenses it is a very pleasant experience to be able to manage full time without such glasses.
Dr Richard Haycock
I visited several clinics prior to Optegra and decided that for the price the clinic offered superior technology, staff and facilities. Right through the process I was impressed with the professionalism of the staff and the quality of the technology and overall look and feel of the clinic. The treatment options were well explained during the consultation and the actual operation was painless and relaxed. I was -1.5 in both eyes wih mild astigmatism and now have better than 20/20 in both (0.0). I would recommend Optegra to anyone seeking reassurance for the highest quality in LASIK or LASEK surgery around. Thank you!
Having been in glasses all my life, and having become very short sighted, my -9.50's were becoming very inconvenient. Although i like wearing my specs, i hated not being able to see anything without them, and how small they made my eyes look. I had a consultation with Mike Jeffrey who told me i was suitable for LASIK, and he was positive of a good result. He was particularly informative, giving me time to ask all my qestions. On the day i was particularly nervous, but all the staff and Mike himself were brilliant in informing me, and keeping me calm. Once the procedure was finished (i don't know what all the fuss was about!) i was amazed how quickly my eye healed, and i could see straight away! It is now just over a week since i had it done, and apart from the drops i have to put in, i wouldn't know i had it done! I don't need glasses anymore, and my vision is amazing! Thank you Optegra, as i had previously been told i couldn't have it done before with a competitor, but your technology has surpassed itself!
I am absolutely delighted with the results of my procedure. Mr Morris and everyone at Optegra (Solent) were so informative and re-assuring and made everything as stress-free as possible. I am now recommending Optegra to everyone I know.
Excellent experience! Having considered LASIK for some time, I'm delighted with my optician's recommendation of Optegra. Full and clear information before, during and after surgery, helpful staff and a friendly atmosphere made what could have been daunting, something wholly positive.
My lens implant surgery has been 100% successful and I can now miraculously see without the aid of contact lenses or glasses. I would recommend my surgeon, Mr Robert Morris, and the operation to anyone.
Ingrid Van Wagner
I have waited several months before reviewing my treatment as I wanted to digest the whole treatment.
From the beginning until today I feel I had a very positive experience. The team around Ali Mearza were kind and competent.
Ali Mearza exudes confidence and is in complete control. He knows exactly how to usher one through the whole experience. At all times I felt I was in very able hands. He is very experienced.
I will definitely give his name to my friends when the time comes for them to be seen for problems related to their eyes.
Optegra were both friendly and professional. I was put at ease throughout the whole experience and I am 100% happy with the outcome. I have my teenage eyes back and its wonderful.
Had a great experience at Optegra - the facilities were fantastic and top of the range. Staff were all very friendly and put you at ease. The follow up appointments were made at times convenient for me and were very thorough. Would certainly recommend Optegra.