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 had surgery in December 2003 and I am delighted with the results. My previous prescription was R -4.5 and L -4. Seeing the alarm clock in the middle of the night is something which I have been unable to do for the past 10 years!!!!! I keep waking up thinking I won't be able to see clearly but I am still amazed!!!! I would definately recommend the treatment to anyone who is apprehensive about having it done. The treatment is not painful, only a little uncomfortable and by the next morning I could see clearly. Just wish I'd had it done a lot sooner. My surgeon was Sumith Perera and Consultant was Sam at St Albans. All staff were extremely helpful and informative.
I had Ultra-Lasik treatment on the 14th May 2004, the whole experience was excellent, its was a painless process, quick, and the results brillant. I used to be a -8 in both eyes with a bad Astigmatism, i can now see to Driving Standard unaided by Glasses or Contact Lenses. I would recommend Ultralase to anyone thinking of having Laser Eye Treatment, mainly because they treat you like an individual, the treatments they offer can now be tailor made to your own eyes with Iris Recognition, I am totaly impressed with my new lease of live. Thankyou Ultralase.
I was encouraged to have treatmet by members of my family, but kept putting it offdue to being afraid - I am a very nervous patient. When my younger sister had her eyes succesfully treated I decided that if she could do it, so could I and I made an appointment at my local clinic. The staff where very informative and extremely kind.The care throughout the procedure was excellent, a nurse even held my hand, and I can honestly say that the procedure was not at all painful, and certainly nothing for me to have been worried about. I am absolutely delighted with the results. It's great not havng to mess around with lenses in the mornings and evenings and I had much more room in my holiday suitcase without my prescription sunglasses and various contact lens solutions! I am realy pleased that I have had the treatment and would encourage anyone who is a little nervous to go for it.
I was quite nervous before my treatment, but all the staff at the Chester clinic were really friendly and put my mind at ease. During the surgery every little procedure was explained, and although it felt a little weird for a few seconds, there was no pain and the operation was over in minutes. I have gone from wearing glasses like milk bottles to having better than 20:20 vision, so I couldn't be more happy with the results. I would definately recommend the Ultralasik Plus treatment and Ultralase as a whole.
Lying on the table, looking up at the laser tool... for once pleased my shortsightedness gave me a blurred image of life. The preparation and talking over, everyone at Ultralase had been brilliant, no turning back... worried? ...You bet!! Over in minutes, eye patches overnight. All prepared to be a real he-man about the pain, and somewhat embarrassed that there was nothing more uncomfortable than when, in my previous life, I'd left contact lens in too long. Saturday morning ... the acid test... take off the eye masks ... and for the first time in 20 years see across the room with perfect clarity!! My prize... that morning to watch the England Rugby Squad win the Rugby World Cup... and to be told by Ultralase that I had better than 20:20 vision. Thank you Ultralase, the last year has been like starting again, the freedom has been fabulous, in the mountains, climbing, scuba-diving, sport... life has a much greater focus now, and its all the better for it.
I was so pleased with my LASEK treatment at Ultralase that I persuaded my wife Marie to have a treatment too. She had LASIK and we've both got perfect vision for the first time since we were small children. Fantastic.
It's the best thing I have ever done in my life. I had it done January 2003 and have had no problems since. the staff were extremley friendly and supportive - they've seen me at a moment's notice if I've got paranoid about a twinge afterwards (and there's never been anything wrong!!) and the freedom to do anything I want with my life without worrying about contact lenses/glasses is amazing! I perform a lot on stage - and I no longer have to worry about lights reflecting in my glasses or getting stage make-up on my contact lenses. Last year i got a custard pie in the face on stage - thanks goodness I didn't have lenses in!!!
All of the Ultralase staff were excellent when I had my treatment 2 and a half years ago. I have since had my eyes tested and still have 20/20 vision, the optician commented how neat the scars were and said my eyes and eyesight were very healthy. This is total contrast to when I used to wear contact lenses and my eyes were always red and had infections etc. I could not be more pleased with the results,I take my perfect eyesight for granted now.
The whole procedure was very professional handled and was completed within an hour. Each step of the process was explained in detail to me on the day which was very reassuring. I felt no pain during or after the procedure and can only say I should have had Laser Surgery years ago. I would whole heartedly recommend Ultralase to anyone considering Laser Eye Surgery.
From being absolutely terrified to completely elated! Throughout the entire process I've felt supported and very well cared for. I couldn't fault a thing. Definitely the best money I've ever spent, worth every penny! I would recommend laser treatment at Ultralase to anyone!