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 was very, very nervous before having the treatment. But was made to feel at ease at all times and the best thing of all was I had 100%+ success and I am so pleased.
Friendly caring staff who put me at ease all the way through the treatment. Everything explained in detail and nothing hidden from me. This is by far one of the best things I have ever done.
It’s so nice not to have to wear glasses any more.
Words can’t describe how nervous I was on the day of treatment!
However, staff at the Bristol Clinic were fantastic. Reassuring and informative they made the whole process easy.
For the freedom I now have from wearing glasses and lenses I am forever grateful.
It really can change your life.
It was the right decision for me.
I have nothing but good things to say about Ultralase from my initial consultation to my aftercare. All the staff have been friendly and helpful and the treatment has changed my life. I would definitely recommend Ultralase to anybody.
The aftercare has been excellent and the staff dealt with all my neurotic questions and queries quickly and efficiently!! My eyes were very light sensitive following treatment but 6 weeks on I am very happy!
I can’t get over how easy it all was and how great my eyes are now. I can enjoy my holidays and everyday without thinking about contacts or glasses. Thank you everyone . It’s the best thing I have done.
All the staff at Maidstone from reception through to surgeon have been fantastic, very informative and supportive. I cannot believe how well I can see, the whole experience has been amazing! thank you so much.
From start to finish I felt in safe hands. Any questions/issues were addressed and I was made to feel that I was the only person that mattered.
I had my treatment done at Hammersmith nearly five weeks ago. I can endorse everyone's comments about the professional treatment before and post-op. The only thing that took me by surprise was the amount of pain I suffered for about six hours afterwards - really nasty. I wonder now if I was reacting badly to the drops - I now use (infrequently) the Refresh drops which have no preservative. My vision is much better in the morning - by evening I notice the difference in my eyes becomes more marked and driving at might is not brilliant. I'm using reading specs, but that's because I'm old (50) and needed them with my contacts before the op.
All in all I'm glad I had the procedure done, but I wish my left eye could have been improved to the same degree as my right. Am having my second check up in Guildford day after tomorrow, and might be told more about the imbalance in my sight then.
I'd be pleased to talk to anyone considering going ahead . . .
Had my consultation today. Very friendly and answered all my questions. I have very thick corneas (560 microns) but have large pupils (7-7.5mm) and they told me that there is a good chance of night time problems. If anybody has had surgery with large pupils, please let me know your findings. I will not go ahead until I have researched this more. Thanks.
It's been two years since having LASIK at Ultralase in Leeds and my sight is still as clear as ever. It's one of the best decisions I've ever made. Some of my friends have also had their eyes done there, and they've all got 20/20 vision too. I can't recommend Ultralase highly enough.