The first Ultralase clinic was opened in January 1991 at the Clatterbridge Hospital near Chester. At the time, all treatments performed were Photorefractive Keratotomy, or PRK, until the Lasik procedure was introduced in 1995.
With the introduction of Lasik, and the clear advantages it demonstrated for certain patients, Ultralase went through a period of dramatic growth through 2002.
2003 Ultralase introduced the revolutionary UltraPlus treatment with Wavefront technology, giving patients visual outcomes far surpassing those of standard laser treatments. Ultralase became the first provider to have all treatment outcomes verified by independent audit.
In March 2009, the commitment to clinical excellence led Ultralase to become the first UK provider to have all Great Britain surgeons certified in Laser Refractive Surgery by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth).
Ultralase comes in second place in our list of the best laser eye surgery clinics in the UK for price, just after Optical Express. That’s because this clinic offers the full shebang: transparent prices, 0% finance options, free consultations, and competitive prices.
The cost of eye surgery at Ultralase ranges between £1,1695 and £2,995 (per eye), depending on the treatment type that you agree upon in discussion with a surgeon. These prices are in line with the average cost of eye surgery, but not quite as low as Optical Express.
You can count on Ultralase for the main laser eye and lens replacement surgery procedures. These include: LASIK and LASEK with Wavefront options, as well as refractive lens exchange (RLE), implantable contact lenses, and cataract surgery.
Is Ultralase Right for You?
With nearly 3,000 overall positive reviews from independent customers in the UK, Ultralase is one of the best-rated laser eye surgery clinics by patients. People value this clinic for its:
- Friendly prices – Fixed and reasonable prices help you know what to expect.
- Nationwide clinics – Ultralase has 20 clinics in the UK, including in London, Reading and St Albans.
- Decent aftercare – Ultralase provides free aftercare – one check-up and drops for the first three months.
Despite glowing reviews, however, it’s worth reading the fine print if you do choose Ultralase. In 2015, BBC’s Watchdog exposed the problems countless laser eye surgery patients have experienced accessing their lifelong aftercare.
Most user reviews on Lasik Eyes show happy experiences, but then again most people never need to take advantage of their lifetime guarantee. If you would like to find out whether Ultralase is the top-rated laser eye surgery clinic near you, we’re here to help.
Still, Ultralase features in several of Lasik Eyes’ lists of top-rated eye surgery:
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10 minutes that have changed my life. It is simply amazing. I spent first week afterwards reading every sign or bit of writing on the wall, simply because I could. I would recommend this to everyone. The treatment itself no near as painful as getting contact stuck in your eye. All the staff at Ultralase have been wonderful. So thank you very much everyone who has helped me to see so clearly.
After 35 years of glasses the freedom is fantastic. I would urge everyone thinking of this surgery to go for it.
Excellent service throughout consultation and aftercare service. Staff were efficient and reassuring. I have already started to recommend Ultralase to colleagues in the NHS.
What a difference it has made not having to worry about glasses anymore! I was nervous before the procedure however the Ultralase staff very friendly and explained every thing clearly which re-assured me. I only wish that I looked into having my eyes corrected earlier
Very pleased with the results of my treatment. I would recommend treatment to family and friends.
Outstanding results. The whole experience was brilliant. Cannot recommend Ultralase enough. Money well spent.
I am 100% happy with the treatment received at Ultralase. Every member of staff I dealt were excellent and extremely professional. I felt total at ease throughout all my consultations and the surgery because the staff was so good. I would recommend Ultralase
Jeannette/Karen (and anyone else) - if you remove SPAMPROOF from the end, you will have the right address to email each other - it's done as a protection from spam machines! Has anyone any experience Dr Joachim Koehler. It seems like everyone is hankering for Mr Gupta's services wherever they are in the country
Dear Alf, I am the Customer Services Manager for Ultralase and please find below a reply to your query to which I hope you find useful. LASEK - With more experience of the procedure in our clinics now, and a review of current thinking worldwide, we are now seeing the potential of LASEK, particularly in conjunction with wavefront-guided treatment. Because of the faster recovery time and slightly more comfortable nature of LASIK over LASEK, we would always suggest that a patient is treated with LASIK where it was indicated, however. We are currently gathering evidence from our clinics on the outcomes of wavefront LASIK and LASEK treatments. In time, once independently audited, these figures will be made available in our clinics. Kind regards Julie McMurrough Ultralase - Customer Services Manager
I visited this clinic and was initially very keen to go along and get my eyes treated, especially in light of my brother having had PRK 10 years ago with the obvious side effects of having this done in the early days. LCRS are keen to enhance fears of laser surgery and base their opinion on PRK treatments of 10 years ago and all the horror stories ensuing this early treatment. They do not tend to answer questions as directly as I would have liked and based their dislike of laser on a small internal sample of patients that they had treated a long time ago - surely this must have been PRK patients as I don't believe they ever went in for Lasik. I found it hard to research RK (which is what their "microsurgery" is) as it is not really performed any longer globally. There is a good reason for this, as I found: For LCRS treatment go to HYPERLINK http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed/ and search "PERK AND cornea" which will give you the only properly conducted long term study led by Professor George Waring at Emory University (formerly the "champion" of RK in the USA). Professor Waring himself has not performed RK for at least 5 years and only performs excimer laser surgery. I cannot stress enough the long term risks of this treatment with a very high percentage of people going long sighted as these studies show. In addition, the eyesight will fluctuate daily. Finally, something I found very useful was contacting other people on this website. All at present have good daytime vision - note that the long sighted vision progresses over time in these studies so most people won't have a problem for some time with that.The universal problem that everyone has though is night time star burst. The reason for this is the light enters the eyes refracted through the incisions which enter the field of vision when the pupil dilates at night. I had responses from many LCRS patients listed here and all have starburst! They get used to this, but current day lasik is so far in advance of this treatment it is quite unbelievable that anyone would opt to get RK/microsurgery done in possession of the full facts. I next went to the London Vision Clinic to find out the real risks/benefits of current Lasik. Note that their rating is 100% on this site. They really seem to be the most up to date in this field and I will post there once I have researched current lasik to my satisfaction, and made a decision whether to get surgery done or not based on the current day facts.