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 am very glad I decided to have the treatment, as someone who could not wear contacts. I am pleased to be free of glasses.
Brilliant!! I have better vision now than I did with glasses. I cannot wait to go on holidays to try out my new and improved eyes.
After 23 years of wearing glasses, I can’t begin to describe how amazing the feeling is. The consultation was so thorough that my mind was immediately made up. The aftercare and all the lovely staff at Ultralase were so professional.
What a difference! For a few hours discomfort the results are brilliant. Not to have the hassle of lenses or the ‘Awkwardness’ of glasses is great. Money well spent that should last a life time.
This has made a tremendous difference to my life. It is brilliant not having to grovel for glasses on a morning. The care and attention I have received has been first class.
Very quick and painless procedure only slightly uncomfortable staff aftercare are excellent. Only had to right eye done , showing great improvement already and most importantly I don’t need my contact lens would recommend to everyone
The treatment, at worst, can only be described as uncomfortable… no pain. I can’t believe it was only 3 months ago I had it done, I’ve gotten so used to not wearing glasses it seems like much longer. I can’t understand why more people haven’t made the plunge!
By far the best thing I have ever done. No more hassle with lenses or glasses. Should have done it years ago.
This surgery is the best thing I have done in my life. Ever since the surgery I feel more confident and can have so much more fun socially. People that have always been able to see without glasses or lenses will never appreciate how amazing it is to wake up and see the alarm clock without glasses.
From “jam jar” bottoms to zero prescription, I was reassured at all times. The care I received was superb, the staff were very helpful and friendly and I would recommend Ultralase to anyone. Many thanks.