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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I have always had restrictions with regards to my sight. wearing contact lenses after a long day would start to hurt and i had to put my glasses back on. now i have perfect vision and the treatment was done quickly and efficiently and i drove back to cornwall the next day! should had it done ages ago!
Everyone at Ultralase has been very supportive and made me feel at ease. I was quite scared before my treatment, but the actual procedure was painfree and not a bad experience at all. Now I can see without the use of glasses or contacts – it is amazing! I would recommend it to anyone!
I am very impressed with the whole package, the staff are extremely friendly and helpful. As soon as I went into the recovery room after my surgery I could see everything. I would recommend Ultralase to anyone thinking of having corrective surgery done.
Everything from the first phonecall to the aftercare has been brilliant. I now have 20/20 vision and freedom from contact lenses. It took about a week before I could see clearly but its now perfect just 4 weeks since the op.
From the first contact with the staff at Ultralase they looked after my individual needs and were fantastic!
The process was well explained and all my questions / concerns were answered – nothing was too much trouble.
This has been the best decision I have ever made – should have had it done years ago!
The best thing I have ever done. Should have had it done a long time ago. Excellent from start to finish. Would recommend to all.
All my questions / fears were answered with care and consideration, not once did I have any doubts
After a lifetime of wearing glasses, I wish I had my vision corrected much earlier. It has literally changed my life! For example, seeing the garden when you draw the curtains in the morning, wearing fashion sunglasses, laying on the settee to watch TV without glasses digging in my nose and ears!
The whole experience from the moment I walked into the clinic and was met by the helpful and friendly reception staff, through the initial consultation and operation then the follow-up consults – all FIRST CLASS.
If you are still undecided, hopefully this will convince you… Do it!!
From the first phone call through to after care it has been a first class experience – virtually pain free and my sight better than 20:20! I can see things on horizon! Never could. The whole procedure was so calm and painless and I was driving in less than 24 hours. Thank you so much!
From the moment I walked into the clinic I was treated with courtesy and respect. All of the staff were helpful and happy. I was surprised how quickly the procedure was over and even more how quickly I can see without my glasses. The day after the checkup was great. I looked out of window and could see the leaves clearly out of the window and could see the leaves clearly on the trees outside. Freedom at last!
I wanted laser treatment mainly for not wishing to wear specs for driving. My consultation was excellent, very informative and I was exited to have laser treatment and recovery time over before my trip to Las Vegas. I was advised to have Lasik but unfortunately was unable to because of the shape of my cornea, I therefore was offered the Lasek. I must say I am very very very happy with the result. I only needed treatment on one eye and will not hesitate to have treatment on other eye if it is needed. The staff here are wonderful, very pleasant and very helpful. Thank you very much.