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1809 Reviews

Optical Express were simply brilliant. Everything from the warm welcome of the counselling staff (shreeya Mistry), consultation with Pretti Khakhar to the treatment with the surgeon was seamless. Throughout the process I felt tota ...Read more

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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  1. Optical Express Laser Eye Surgery Review
  2. Prices
  3. Treatments
  4. The Verdict
  5. Surgeon Reviews
  6. 1,806 Patient Reviews

1. Optical Express Laser Eye Surgery Review

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 OverallClinic RatingCost RatingSurgeon RatingTreatments 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
  • Staffing
  • Quality and suitability of management

2. Optical Express Laser Eye Surgery Cost

optical express laser eye surgery prices

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 ProcedurePrice (per eye)Finance Options (per month)
LASEKFrom £595£49.50
(10 months on 0% APR, £100 deposit)
LASIKFrom £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 surgeryFrom £1,995£48.89
(for 36 months on 11.5% APR, £500 deposit)
Multifocal lens surgeryFrom £3,195£47.39
(for 72 months on 11.5% APR, £500 deposit)
Phakic IOLFrom £3,395£47.39
(for 72 months on 11.5% APR, £500 deposit)
YAGFrom £595N/A

Want a tailored quote? The only way to compare exact quotes is to see an eye expert for a check-up. These can cost up to £250, but with our simple tool, you can find out how much laser or lens surgery will cost you at Optical Express for free.

3. Laser Eye Surgery Treatments

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.

Lens Replacement

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.

Cataract Surgery

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.

Safety Record

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.

4. The Verdict

laser eye surgery review verdict

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:

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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5. Optical Express Surgeons

6. Optical Express Reviews


john mcmanus

18 Feb 2020

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.

30 Dec 2005

An update on my last report. I had bilateral lasik done at Optical Express in Glasgow. At one week and one month appointment I had better than 20:20 vision. At my three month appointment two weeks ago I am now slightly short sighted. Not so much that I require glasses and the optician said that it would delay my need for reading glasses by a few years from when I might have needed them when my vision was better. I am still very happy with the results and hope my eyesight does not get any worse or I will go back and have it redone.

24 Mar 2006

I had the lasek treatment on the 18th of February, before i was a bit scared, but optical express was A1, the only negative was the wait whan i had the treatment in Birmingham, i arrived at 9.00am but my treatment didn't start until 1.15pm which didn't help the butterflies. The first 4day were hard, this was due to the contacts but after they were removed it was fine, a month in i feel more confindent, i have just played football tonight and it was brillant because i used to play with out my glasses on and couldn't see that well, cause i didn't fancy contacts, i hope this feedback helps anyone Cheers and good luck Cheers Darren

24 Jun 2006

Clinic: Milton Keynes Date:3/5/06 Procedure: Lasik -Surgery ok no pain -Post op- some discomfort but slept and it wore off. -/had an infection in my left eye and was seen on alternate days until it cleared -All care was excellent! Eyes brilliant, why did i not do it before??? Go for it you wont regret it!!

30 Jun 2006


18 Jul 2006

Surgery - Nottingham on 03/07/2006 Fabulous- I feel ten years younger!!!! Better than 20/20 vision. Don't hesitate do it now! Thanks to everyone at Optical Express in Nottingham

07 Aug 2006

treated manchester barlow house. surgery date 17/07/2006. cannot say how great i feel just 24hrs later!! to wake up this morning with perfect vision! no glasses, no lenses, no regrets.

21 Sep 2006

Exellent service unbeleivable speed and results

03 Nov 2006

i have just got back from my one week check up, i had wavefront lasik treatment and now have better than 20/20 vision, this has changed my life , i would reccomend optical express at bluewater to anyone, first class service from start to finish.

05 Dec 2006

Well where do I start. From the moment I walked into the Nottingham branch till after my procedure, (Lasik - Intralase) I was looked after by all the team in a tremendously polite, friendly and professional manner that you would find impossible to beat in any establishment. The consultation was first class and the treatment was both painless and amazing! My vision was improved beyond my wildest expectations and having played golf with my 'new eyes' today I wiah i'd had it done years ago. I can't believe the difference in my vision. It's also great not to have to mess around with contact lenses any more and this has been a truly 'life changing' experience. To everyone at the Nottingham Lister Gate branch thanks a milllion.

30 Jul 2007

I had surgery done on 15th June 2007, and I haven't looked back since. I had my consultation done in the Motherwell Optical Express shop, and all the staff were helpful, and answered all my questions. Julie and Claire in particular spent a lot of time with me which was really appreciated as I am a bit of a wimp!! On the day of surgery I was really nervous, but I had a nurse hold my hand and it was over before I knew it. I waited for about half an hour before getting taken for surgery, but it is a busy place, and can only be expected. On the way home I felt the drops wear off and my eyes began to water. It is advised to make sure somebody is picking you up. I dont think I would've managed home myself. At my 1 day post op I was told that I was 20/20 or 6/6!! It is absolutely fantastic being able to see detail that I have never seen before! No more speccy jokes for me!!! Thank you Optical Express for my new eyes! Recommended to everybody!! I couldn't fault optical express for anything. My only regret is that I didnt do it years ago!!!

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