Optical Express has grown to become one of Europe’s leading providers of laser eye surgery. It operates over 200 clinics, of which 100 are specifically designated laser consultation clinics and 54 are laser treatment clinics.
With locations throughout the UK, Holland, Germany, Ireland, France and Croatia, Optical Express has carried out over one million laser eye surgery procedures worldwide. What’s more, over 99% of patients would recommend Optical Express to their friends and family.
Pros: Value for money, caring surgeons, 128 UK clinics, latest technology, dedicated aftercare
Cons: No fixed prices (talk to them for a quote)
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I’m very happy with my laser treatment. There’s nothing to worry about – there’s no pain, and I would recommend it to anybody. The aftercare at Optical Express is also very good. I just wish i had done it years ago. – Philip Lavelle
Optical Express uses world leading technology, and their laser platform – the VISX S4IR – delivers safe, accurate and precise results. Fun fact: Optical Express is the only vision correction provider to invest in the iFS150 intraLASE in each of its clinics – the same technology that led to NASA backing laser eye surgery for astronauts in 2007.
Over 99% of Optical Express patients achieved 20/20 vision or better following treatment, according to a study carried out in June 2017.
With over 25 years’ experience in eye care, Optical Express boasts excellent surgical outcomes, and has invested £400 million in technology to offer advanced methods for vision correction.
Optical Express has 128 clinics in the UK alone – far more than any other eye surgery provider. Its locations include London, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Dublin, with many more situated in all corners of the country.
Here is how nearly 2,000 real customers rate Optical Express for its clinic, cost, treatments and surgeons:
|Optical Express Rating Overall||Clinic Rating||Cost Rating||Surgeon Rating||Treatments Rating|
(4.6 out of 5)
(4.5 out of 5)
(4.8 out of 5)
(4.5 out of 5)
(4.7 out of 5)
CQC Rating: Good
- Treating people with respect and involving them in their care
- Providing care, treatment and support that meets people’s needs
- Caring for people’s safely and protecting them from harm
- Quality and suitability of management
True, it was an expensive operation, but I spent £500 a year on contact lenses and optician appointments – I see it as an investment! – Dave Reyner
(4.8 out of 5)
Laser eye surgery at Optical Express costs from just £595, or from £1,995 for lens replacement surgery. Of course, these prices depend on the treatment you choose, as well as your prescription, so you’ll want to pop in for a free consultation to get a tailored quote.
Optical Express is one of the cheapest laser eye surgery clinics in the UK. Its prices are well below average, compared to over 70 leading eye clinics and hospitals nationwide.
There are also a range of pay monthly finance options, so you can benefit from eye surgery for less than £50 a month – and it’s 0% finance for 10 month contracts.
Are there any hidden costs? No, the consultation is free, and you even get free eye tests worth £800. The only downside is not having fixed prices like at Optegra and Optimax, but at least the costs are lower at the end of the day.
Here are the prices of some of Optical Express’ popular lens and laser surgery options:
|Eye Surgery Procedure||Price (per eye)||Finance Options (per month)|
(10 months on 0% APR, £100 deposit)
|LASIK||From £1,195||£42.02 |
(for 18 months on 11.5% APR, £500 deposit)
|LASEK (with iDesign)||From £1,495||£41.69 |
(for 24 months on 11.5% APR, £500 deposit)
|LASIK (with iDesign)||From £1,495||£46.35 |
(for 24 months on 11.5% APR, £500 deposit)
|Monofocal lens surgery||From £1,995||£48.89 |
(for 36 months on 11.5% APR, £500 deposit)
|Multifocal lens surgery||From £3,195||£47.39 |
(for 72 months on 11.5% APR, £500 deposit)
|Phakic IOL||From £3,395||£47.39 |
(for 72 months on 11.5% APR, £500 deposit)
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Fantastic! I am so pleased I has the treatment – playing sports is so much easier! All the staff were very helpful, reassuring, and happy answering my questions. I’ll definitely be recommending Optical Express to everyone, their service is excellent! – Stephanie Yeadon
(4.7 out of 5)
Laser Eye Surgery
Laser eye surgery is a simple procedure that can correct your vision in a matter of minutes. Optical Express offers the most popular types: LASIK and LASEK (if you are not suitable for the surgical LASIK).
In both treatments, a cool beam advanced laser reshapes the cornea (the surface of your eye). Optical Express uses a technology called iDesign, which is based on Wavefront technology and takes thousands of eye measurements to produce the best results.
Optical Express has 20 years’ experience in lens replacement surgery. This surgery is a popular treatment for people with long distance vision, short distance vision, and even cataracts.
An eye consultant can help you decide which surgery best suits your needs:
- Refractive lens exchange (RLE) – This surgery replaces the natural lens with a synthetic intraocular lens (IOL) implant.
- Phakic IOL – This type of IOL is an alternative to laser eye surgery for patients with strong prescriptions.
- YAG laser treatment – YAG laser capsulotomy is a non-invasive procedure used to treat refractive former lens exchange patients whose vision starts to fade over the years.
Optical Express performs the highest number of cataract surgeries – after the NHS, according to its website.
Cataracts are small, blurry patches on your eyes, giving you cloudy vision. Cataract surgery involves removing your damaged lens, and replacing it with a premium synthetic one for sharper near and distance vision.
Optical Express custom-fits its aftercare plan to every patient. This plan includes any medication that will aid the healing process, optometrist-led follow-up appointments, and an out-of-hours medical helpline.
Patients receive 12 months’ continued care as standard, and Optical Express recommends annual examinations to maintain your eye health.
All surgical procedures carry a degree of risk. However, laser eye surgery has an impressive success rate, and is the most popular elective surgery in the world.
99.2% of patients achieved at least 20|20 vision following surgery at Optical Express, based on a study of 190,231 Optical Express patients with the most common prescriptions. That’s why this eye clinic promises 20|20 vision or your money back.
Just be aware that the risks increase the more complicated the surgery. Optical Express will provide a screening service to check whether you are suitable for surgical treatment.
I can highly recommend Optical Express. They are very professional, and the procedure was pain free. The best thing now is I can see very well without glasses – and it was only done 3 weeks ago. – Elaine Gibson
(4.6 out of 5)
Optical Express is the best voted place for laser and lens replacement surgery, based on nearly 9,000 independent reviews on Lasik Eyes since 2002. With hard-to-beat prices, leading technology, and fully qualified surgeons, this clinic tops the list of best laser eye surgery clinics in the UK, as well as taking the crown for:
- Best eye surgery in London
- Best eye surgery in Scotland
- Best eye surgery in Manchester
- Best eye surgery in Bristol
But is it right for you? The only way to find out is to see if you’re eligible for 20/20 vision or your money back, and to get a tailored quote. That’s why we make it easy to pop in for a free consultation, have free eye tests (worth £800), and talk through your options with an eye expert.
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Mr Mehul Damani
MBBS, MS, DOMS, DNB, FRCS
Mr Luca Antico
Mr Manek Patel
Mr Dimitri Kazakos
Dr Mohammed Shabbar Kazmi
Mr Jonathan Carr
MD MA(Cantab) FRCOphth
Doctor Jan Venter
Mr Khalid Khan
MBBS FRCS FRCOphth
Mr Jacobus Pauw
MBChB MMedOphth FCSOphth
Mr Sanjay Mantry
FRCOphth FRCS FRCS
Mr Andre Oberholster
Mr Stefan Klopper
Mr Waseem Aziz
MB ChB FRCS
Mr Alex George
FRCOphth, FRCS MS, DOMS, DNB
I had natural lens replacement in June 2019, and unfortunately I cant say i’m as pleased as a lot of reviewers . I have been back several times for check ups and to express my concerns, in so much as my eyes are always going in and out of focus especially when looking at road signs, the halos around headlights are not getting better and at times I feel i’m looking through a tunnel. The only response to this so far is it will get better. I will say I no longer need glasses but its not comfortable at the moment. My 3 month appointment is coming up soon so will post again after that. Well I’ve been back for my 3 month check up and surprise surprise same response to my issues . My peripheral vision is still impaired and at time i feel I’m looking through a haze, but all they seem to be concerned about is the fact i can see the wall chart and the little book. Given the choice again i think i would keep my £6000 pounds and spend it on a nice pair of designer varifocal glasses.
FROM CONSULTATION TO END OF TREATMENT THE STAFF WERE BOTH INFORMATIVE,HELPFUL AND FRIENDLY.ALTHOUGH IT IS ONLY DAY 1 POST OP.I AM VERY SATISFIED WITH THE RESULT OF THE OPERATION AND AM CONFIDENT THAT THE END RESULT WILL BE MOST SATISFACTORY.I WOULD HAVE NO HESITATION IN RECOMMENDING THE PROCEDURE TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY.
After being turned away from Optimax for having dry eyes (which I dont) I was worried that this might be the case and was very clear about my skin and was informed after checks this wasn’t an issue. The procedure may have been more expensive as my prescription was -6.5 however the results were clear even that night.
There were problems with the laser, however the team taking care of us were quick to transfer us to Glasgow (we were originally in Dundee). Train fair was covered and I have received the promised cheque covering the amount for a ticket for my flatmate. Having built it up and become more nervous with the travelling I had to do everyone was very reassuring and the procedure itself was very quick and although not without discomfort, completely painless.
I followed what was suggested to the letter, although probably as a result of adrenaline and possibly the drugs I was very full of energy after the procedure. I was told at my follow up appointment my eyesight was improving better than expected. It is now 10 days post op and I find myself trying to take my glasses off a few times a day. As someone who was completely reliant on glasses this is such a life changing thing, and being only 21 I hope to enjoy this new sight to the fullest.
Thank you to my surgeon David Teenan and June from Optical Express in Dundee.
I can highly recommend Optical Express for Lens replacement surgery. They are very professional and the procedure was pain free. The best thing now is I can see very well without glasses and it was only done 3 weeks ago.
Bottom line top job, I could could go into detail but I no longer require glasses at all and although there are some side effects (explained prior to surgery) but my only regret is not to have had it done years ago, many thanks, Barry.
I had my surgery yesterday and today. Mr George is a wonderful surgeon. I was a very scared patient, but I needn’t have worried. All the staff are excellent and Matthew, anaesthetist made me feel very relaxed and calm. They are so thorough and I really appreciate the care they gave me. I am recovering very well and can already feel the benefit of sight just since yesterday. Thank you so much
I am so happy I put my trust into Mr Dimitri Kazakos he is amazing when you have a consultation with him, he is up front and honest about risks and glasses may still need to be worn in some cases. I had my lens replacement at the weekend and what can I say .. I am amazed that I can see so clear, even had to put my font on my phone to a size a lot smaller as it was too big!! I could just about see it before. The team at White City are all lovely I felt comfortable whilst there. But thank you Mr Dimitri Kazakos you are a truly wonderful surgeon whom I would recommend anyone to see and have the procedure done by. You gave me my sight back god bless you xx
The surgery received has changed my vision for the better, no more contact lens or glasses, except sun glasses.
My review as a timeline:
25th of February visited optical express in Uxbridge, overall the service was good and I was found suitable for laser treatment.
I wasn’t overly impressed with the service after as I had forgotten my information wallet at the clinic and despite several requests for it to be sent to me, I never got it. So I decided to go with Optimax.
Optimax gave me a good service too but there I was found not to be suitable for laser eye as I was diagnosed with Kerataconus….uhmmm this is worrying I thought as Optical express hadn’t picked this up and they had already scheduled my treatment with one of their surgeons for laser eye treatment.
Ok so where to go now? I decided to reach out to the head office at Optical Express only because I had read up on their most up to date technology and one particular surgeon who had some brilliant reviews (Dr Dimitry).
My Experience from here on was superb!
Lovely lady by the name of Donna at the head office helped me immensely even to the point that I was offered a little compensation for my inconvenience and experience at Uxbridge. The service was second to none.
All my appointments were organised timely, all information shared promptly by email and follow-up phone calls and finance set up so I didn’t have to worry about payment afterwards.
I was nervous like hell! but the team at Westfield were fantastic – I am so ashamed that I don’t remember the names of all them, Sonia, Dr Hurst and the lovely nurses on the day – the 12th and 13th of April 2017 were excellent.
They prepared my eyes and reassured me every step of the way.
Patients waiting at the surgery were brilliant too, sorry if I offended anyone while I remained sedated and on a high on the first day – that was funny. I think I called a few people pirates and one person seemed to have a parrot on his shoulder…anyway I was high that means the whole procedure was painless.
Credit to Dr Dimitry’s expertise and skills I could see the following day with my left eye and then with my right eye…and now with both eyes. Yet still a little sore.
Again the team were brilliant and that very young looking opt…he was very patient and skilled too. Thank you very much.
Guess what back at Uxbridge for my follow up…
It was good to see a new team there and they were very helpful this time.
On with life….
I have my follow ups booked.
Ill finish typing here.. my NEW EYEs are a bit tired.
Good luck to all who are considering treatment – especially Lens Replacement.
It’s a new life.
I have always been heavily dependent upon glasses since as far back as I can remember. I needed glasses for everything except walking about because being long sighted I was confident I was unlikely to bump into anything. The extent to which I could read on the eye test board without glasses was the third line down ie three letters in a row.
Since having the surgery I am delighted to say I can read and drive without the need for glasses something I thought I would never be able to do. And, although my eyes are still settling after the operation I have nearly 20 /20 vision. The difference this has made to my life is immeasurable and it makes me wonder how I managed before.
I would thoroughly recommend Doctor Dimitri Kasakos because his skill and professionalism inspired me with the confidence to proceed with the operation which has changed my life for the better.
Mr Dimitri Kasakos
Dimitri kasakos is a excellent surgeon.who really cares about every patient that he operates on.I am a London Taxi Driver and needed treatment very quickly to be able to continue driving professionally. Dimitri managed to fit me in to his very busy schedule.I had done some research for the options that were available to me and had decided to go with the Monofocal lens because of the glare issue when driving at night,but when I saw him at my Pre Op Assessment ,he advised me that having the Symfony lens would achieve the best possible outcome.I have now had both eyes done and am very pleased with the results,my near vision is excellent and I am happy with my distance vision and the fact that I should no longer need glasses for either.