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1806 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


23 Jun 2006

I should have done this sooner- no pain at all! Keep thinking I have to take my contacts out then remember I don't wear any! Well worth the money. You don't rub your eyes after- my fear- wear swimming goggles in the shower for the first month! All good, all round excellant service and excellant customer care. Highly recommended- 5 star, Gold star!!

27 Jun 2006

The whole experience has been fantastic - the procedure was interesting - not at all scary! It was all over really quickly. I could see straight away & the following day, at my check-up I had better than 2020 vision. After wearing glasses for 27 years, I feel like a new person - don't hesitate to go for it - you'll wonder why you ever waited. Its brilliant!!!

08 Jul 2006

I had eye laser eye treatment done at the Newcastle branch of optical express and found it was the best money i ever spent i wish i got it done years ago many thanks to all the staff.

13 Oct 2006

I was really nervous about having the proceedure but was reassured by the staff at both the stockton and newcastle branches. the surgery was quick. I was in and out in 30 minutes. My eyes felt gritty and itchy afterwards but the next day my eyes were fine. I could see immediately after the surgery, my right eye was a little blurry but again the next day i was fine. I now have clear vision for the first time in 13 years! Thankyou

31 Mar 2007

Surgeon: Mr Rodney Blumenfeld, Shaftesbury Ave. Absolutely fantastic. It's a shame to read about poor customer service on this site, because the staff at both Peterborough and Shaftesbury Ave were nothing short of brilliant. I decided not to opt for wavefront and there was absolutely no hard sell to try and change my mind. Surgeon and nurses were extremely professional and put me very much at ease. The procedure was very fast - the flap cutting was rather unpleasant, but aside from that it was painless. Could see better immediately afterwards! Eyes were streaming for about 2 hours, and then felt completely normal. Had my check-up 18 hours later and already had 20:20 vision! Was told this should get even better as well! Over the moon. Can't recommend Optical Express enough. Worth every penny.

12 Aug 2007

I had the Lasik treatment last Friday (27th July) at the Cambridge centre and the surgeon was Tom Materman. Everyone at the centre was really friendly and reassuring, with lots of hot drinks and biscuits to hand. Funnily enough I wasn't nervous at all (even thought everyone kept telling me I should be!), which I think helped with the treatment as it seemed to be over with really quickly. There wasn't any pain - just a slight discomfort,so if you can try not to get too nervous it will be a lot easier. I could see almost straight away and my eyes were not sensitive to the light at all. It was only when I was on my way home (not driving of course) that my eyes felt really heavy and all I wanted to do was close them. As soon as I got home, I went to lie down for a few hours and felt much better after that. The only thing I don't like is that I can't wear any mascara for a week! (How vain am I?!) At my check up a day after, I did an eye test and the difference is amazing - no more glasses - hooray! I would recommend it to anyone who is considering it - it's definitely worth it.

09 Feb 2008

The staff was very informative. The day of proccedure was very relaxed. Aftercare very good. Would recommend to everyone! Consultation and proccedure both carried out in Inverness.

18 Feb 2008

Absolutely fantastic, extremely happy with the results!.. Contact lenses were a real hassle for me and its great not to wear them. The best thing ive ever done, well worth it!. CONSULTATION Manchester EC Cross street SURGERY Manchester

29 Feb 2008

I was very nervous and wondering if I was doing the right thing, but after being at the Leeds clinic for a short while I was relaxed and happy. The staff were fantastic, answered any questions and were very professional. The procedure was very quick and I could see better straight away although a little blurry. My surgen Dr khan was lovely and explained everything he was doing. After the procedure my eyes stung like I had peeled a 1000 onions, but after a 2 hour sleep and some painkillers they felt fine and I could see better than I had done in 20 years. I wish I hadn't been a wimp for so long and had it done years ago, I can see better now than I could with my glasses on!!

24 Mar 2008

I had a great experience with Optical Express in Dundee, all the staff were very friendly, informed, helpful and supportive. Both pre-op and post-op care have been outstanding, and on the day of the procedure everyone was really supportive and answered all my questions. My mind was set at ease, at no point was I rushed into the laser room, or indeed out of the door afterwards.

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