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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Excellent eyes, excellent service. Cannot believe how great my eyesight is. Thanks so much to hoe and all the girls! Who at all times made me feel at ease and relaxed. Haven’t stopped recommending Ultralase since I have the treatment.
Wish I had done this years ago. Worn glasses since childhood. Slight irritation 1st night but no problem after since then. Staff were excellent and cannot fault the treatment given.
Before having the surgery I was extremely short sighted, this made me very wary of having treatment but the staff were excellent and very reassuring. The treatment was over with very quickly and I was amazed with the result straight away.
I am extremely pleased with the results of my treatment and with the care and professionalism of the Ultralase staff. My only regret is that I didn’t have the treatment sooner.
For the past 10 years or more I had heard of laser eye surgery. I had made my mind then that I wanted to be free form contact lenses and glasses. I was always hold back by cost and if I could manage somehow to have a payment plan. At Ultralase I was made instantly feel confortabe and cost never become an issue. I had no fears what so ever.
I cannot praise the staff enough at the clinic or my treatment as it has made a huge difference to my life. I am constantly telling people about it. My only regret is that I never done it years ago. The staff make you feel that you are the most important person in the world.
Fantastic to be without glasses. Great service, great aftercare. Thanks again!
I was treated at the Tottenham Court Road clinic, and consider that the treatment I received was very friendly and professional, and I was not kept waiting at all. I now have better than 20/20 vision, and am thrilled with the outcome. I would recommend this clinic to anyone.
Had my treatment on Friday (14/6/02). I found all the staff at Guildford helpful and kind. The treatment was painless and successful as the following day check up shows I now have 20/20 vision.I had some discomfort (lasting only a couple of hours)on Friday evening but believe me its worth it!
I am a very successful hairdresser with a large client base and a waiting list for appointments in Eastleigh, Hampshire. When I wanted to know more about Lasik I made endless enquiries with clinics, reading testimonials, and visiting websites. My decision to proceed with the treatment was not taken lightly. I had the treatment at the Guildford Clinic of Ultralase on the 10 Dec 2002. The treatment was as most people describe, quick, painless and effective almost immediately, but with the advised hazy mist which cleared overnight. The next day while having my first follow up check I was advised that I had an inflammation in one eye under the cornea and was issued suitable drops. I was asked to come the following day for another check-up. This carried on for 2 more days and then another visit on the following Monday. The staff were at all times efficient and thorough, and during these visits I was seen by the surgeon Mr Vinod Gupta, twice. On one occasion, he advised and carried out an "eye wash" where the cornea flap was lifted slightly and some cells which were causing the inflammation were washed out. I began to notice a marked improvement later that day in that eye and my sight has continued to improve since. On my last visit, my prescription was -0.25 in both eyes and it was felt that this will improve further having started with a prescription of -2.75 in both eyes and an acute astigmatism. I cannot recommend the staff and surgeon , Mr Gupta, at the Ultralase Clinic in Guildford highly enough. Yes people, things can happen, like inflammation and infection. But it was dealt with in a professional manner with all due care and attention and I am so very pleased that I was attending this clinic when the need arose.