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St. James Laser Vision

St James Laser Vision

82 Reviews

At James Laser Vision changed my life. I have been fully dependent on thick glasses and contact lenses my entire life, and had been told By 3 or more surgeons that due to my young age and very high prescription, (+6 along with a s ...Read more

Laser eye surgery directed by surgeons, not corporations, overseen by the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

There are many good reasons to choose St. James Laser Vision, including the medical leadership behind the services we provide, the reassurance provided by the high standards within the NHS Trust, and the expertise of our surgeons.

Mr. Andrew Morrell and Mr. James Ball, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeons perform laser eye surgery at St James Laser Vision under the governance of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Both Mr. Morrell and Mr. Ball are NHS consultant ophthalmic surgeons with advanced training and experience in laser eye surgery.

Pricing is for all suitable prescriptions, inclusive of all appointments, customised wavefront treatment, medications and the surgeon’s mobile number in case of emergency. The initial consultation costs nothing and there is no obligation to go ahead. All patients are offered 0% financing to cover up to 100% of their investment in treatment, making surgery as affordable as £41.66/eye per month.

St James’ Laser Vision Clinic doesn’t quite make our best-rated laser eye surgery providers in the UK – you can read their customer reviews below.

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21 May 2016

From the moment I stepped through the door and spoke with the first receptionist on my assessment visit, to saying goodbye to the second receptionist I met at the 1 month check-up, my treatment by the St James Team was, without exception, professional, collaborative and a pleasure.

I have worn contact lenses since I was 18 to correct my short sightedness. I put them in first thing in the morning and taking them out was the last thing I did at night. Even during extensive periods of travelling with work, on long distant flights wearing contact lenses for me was never a problem (I never went out in my glasses, they went hand in hand with pyjamas and chill out days at home)…until, in my late forties, I couldn’t see to do detailed close up things e.g. hand sewing and was finding myself taking my lenses out and putting my glasses on to watch the television at the same time which seemed crazy (and back to front because at this age I should be putting reading glasses on to sew)…I went to St James expecting, if I was suitable, to have both my eyes lasered to correct my short sightedness at the expense of then having to wear reading glasses (which without my contact lenses in, at this point I didn’t actually need). The optometrist was so pleasant and after checking my vision, and taking measurements of my eyes suggested that I may be a candidate for Laser Blend Vision (St James is one of the few UK clinics that offer this technique – the laser algorithm are different to correct the vision). The consultant surgeon Mr James Ball discussed it further with me, including what it would mean as my eyes continue to age.

The surgery was painless (again the nurses and technicians supporting James Ball were so friendly at putting me at my ease), my dominant right eye was corrected for distance and my left eye was left as it was. The next day I went back (19hrs post op) and had 20:20 vision. For 48hrs I had a sensation similar to be light headed. One week later my combined vision took me to the bottom of the chart (better than 20:20 and certainly better than anything my glasses or contact lenses had achieved over the years). I still had a conscious perception that each eye was overlaying a differently focussed image, although clearly the overall vision was excellent. At the one month check, my brain has completely adapted to my left eye seeing close up and right eye distance. I didn’t have the 3 month check as my healing and outcome was without concern at 1 month and I was discharged.

James Ball saw me at every visit, nothing was too much trouble including sending me details and follow up emails should I be concerned about anything. The best outcome for my eyesight was his only concern.

There is no sales team at St. James, and no assumption that I would go there to have the surgery (or even approach to book a second appointment) just a handshake on my way out and a comment to ask the reception for the cost if I was going to consider it, but after my assessment visit experience I wouldn’t have considered going anywhere else.

Don’t expect plush surroundings though…the Unit is in St James Hospital but very close to the entrance of the Chancellor Wing so convenient.

11 May 2016

Varifocal lens replacement and laser treatment

I was short-sighted, with astigmatism, all my life. In my early 60’s, I had the beginnings of cataract development. I had varifocal lens implants to both eyes and follow up laser surgery. Following the lens implants, my sight was less than perfect: a bit blurry, and with very bad glare from lights at night. I still needed to use prescription glasses for driving for a few months. The glare did settle down gradually, over a period of months, but I needed laser surgery to improve residual astigmatism. It all worked and, after six months, I am very pleased with the outcome. I can drive, cycle, and read without glasses.

The initial lens replacement surgery was straightforward and painless. The laser surgery was also straightforward, and a bit more painful post-op, but only for a few hours.

I have nothing but praise for all the clinic staff. The administrators were without exception cheerful and efficient. The surgery was done by Mr Morrell, who kept me informed throughout the process, and answered questions in a straightforward and helpful manner. The opticians who did the sight assessments before and after surgery were polite, patient, and always prepared to answer questions.

I would thoroughly recommend this clinic and these treatments. My advice, if you go through the process, is to be prepared to be patient. It was six months before my sight was good.

11 Apr 2016

When looking for a clinic for my laser eye surgery I spent a long time researching it. St James had not only got excellent reviews on this website but I’d also received a number of personal recommendations from friends and acquaintances so I contacted them to make a arrangements for a consultation. The lady on the phone was extremely helpful and no pressure was put on me to attend, she provided me with lots of information and offered to post out a pack. I declined as I was keen to meet with them to discuss the surgery and my suitability for it ASAP.

I attended the clinic the following week and met with their optometrist (a lady who’s name I didn’t catch) She was really kind and she had a brilliant sense of humour which put me at ease straight away while she tested my eyes. Following this I met with the Surgeon James Ball who again was extremely professional and showed great kindness when performing various procedures to check my suitability. He confirmed I was able to have surgery and he proceeded to explain in detail what the surgery entailed including the procedure and recovery etc. He answered all my questions thoughtfully and gave me confidence he was the surgeon I wanted to perform the surgery.

I left the clinic having booked my surgery for 3 weeks after (this could have been sooner but due to my work commitments I postponed it).

On the morning of the surgery I was anxious however once I arrived at the clinic all the staff from the lady who works on reception to the other support team put me at ease straight away. The environment is welcoming and relaxing. James again explained exactly what would happen and what I should expect and I was then prepped for surgery.

I honestly didn’t have a thing to worry about from the minute entering the theatre and all throughout the procedures. James introduced me to his team and explained what whey would all be doing. He offered me reassurance and encouragement keeping me calm throughout. It is hard to believe but the surgery was not painful or even uncomfortable at any time throughout. I knew at each stage what they were doing and felt safe and in the best hands all the way through. The surgery was very quick and before I knew it everything was complete. I was given 5 minutes to rest and then was helped off the bed and to go to recovery. I had to sit for 15 minutes with my eyes closed while the team finished up and then I was taken in to meet with James again. He check both eyes and confirmed the surgery was a success and everything looked perfect. I was given eye drops and instructions for the next week until my follow up appointment. James gave me his mobile number and told me any questions or worries to contact him any time and I left to go home. My eyes were very sore and I tried where possible to close them to rest for most of that evening.

On waking the next morning once I removed the sleeping goggles I was amazed beyond belief at my vision and it has just continued to get better and better ever since then. James rung me to check how everything was and we agreed I would attend in a few days.

For the first few days I felt like I was viewing everything in 3D, everything was so clear and still is, its just unbelievable! I had little discomfort following the surgery which was mainly just dryness but the drops helped with this.

5 weeks have now passed and my eyes are great. My vision is much better than it was corrected with glasses and contact lenses and for the first time I can swim, wear sunglasses and work without squinting all the time!

I am so grateful to James Ball and his team. The service and care they provide is second to none. They all gave me their undivided attention and gave me massive confidence that I was in the best hands. I really would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone considering laser eye surgery!

06 Apr 2016

Everyone in this clinic is professional and helpful, receptionists answer queries fully and always call back as promised when messages are left.
The optometrists put you at ease during what can be a stressful experience.
The clinic is welcoming and comfortable.
If laser treatment is sought, I would recommend choosing this clinic for your procedure.
5* clinic

10 Feb 2016

Mr Ball and the team at St James’s were kind and efficient at each appointment. I am delighted with the improvement in my vision.

14 Dec 2015

Following cataract surgery with Mr Morrell I noticed that my reading vision was quite reduced so he suggested laser surgery on just one eye to leave me a little short sighted to allow me to see close up. I was so impressed with the whole experience from start to finish. The staff were professional but friendly and the procedure was very straight forward. The subsequent aftercare was very thorough and reassuring! As an optometrist I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend st James laser vision clinic to my patients!

14 Dec 2015

Having laser eye surgery was the best decision I have ever made in my life. As a young and active 22 year old I didn’t enjoy wearing glasses and contact lenses were a faff especially when playing sport. I was recommended to the St. James’ practice by a doctor friend and I was extremely impressed with the service, staff, cost and the procedure itself.

Mr Ball and his team made me feel welcome and guided me through the entire process, answering any questions or concerns that I had. The post-surgery care has been fantastic and I would highly recommend anyone to use St. James Laser Vision if they were considering laser eye surgery without a shadow of a doubt.

14 Dec 2015

Having laser eye surgery was the best decision I have ever made in my life. As a young and active 22 year old I didn’t enjoy wearing glasses and contact lenses were a faff especially when playing sport. I was recommended to the St. James’ practice by a doctor friend and I was extremely impressed with the service, staff, cost and the procedure itself.

Mr Ball and his team made me feel welcome and guided me through the entire process, answering any questions or concerns that I had. The post-surgery care has been fantastic and I would highly recommend anyone to use St. James Laser Vision if they were considering laser eye surgery without a shadow of a doubt.

10 Dec 2015

Looked on the internet and found St James’ and thought why would I go anywhere else when Mr Ball and Mr Morrell treat eyes anyway?
Result? Amazing Mr Ball performed the surgery and right from the start I felt confident that here was someone who knew his field. I never felt
pushed into ‘buying’ and Mr Ball might be (no is !) The Man as far as surgery is concerned he is no sales man,Whew,

You might go somewhere else but I’d be jiggered if I know why. Mr Ball really does care about the treatment and wants passionately to get it right and make sure your new eyesight is not only perfect, but healthy. After all you have one precious pair of eyes, make sure you entrust them to a professional.

10 Jun 2015

I wish I had had the treatment years ago. Very little pain, only a couple of days off work, able to see to drive the very next day. It all sounds amazing and it is. I couldn’t see across the road before and now I can count the leaves on the trees across the road. Absolutely fantastic. Highly recommend having it done.

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