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 happy with my new eyes! Wish I had the courage to do it 10 years ago. No pain. No soreness. Just perfect vision. Many thanks, Richard
The best thing I have ever done. I would recommend it to anyone and already have.
The whole process went smoothly and my vision in terms of clarity and depth of colour, is better than I ever imagined. Now have better than 20/20 vision… fantastic!!!
Excellent service. Very please with the results. Would highly recommend Ultralase.
Used to wear equipment of double glazed glasses and now better than 20:20 vision. Allows me to do so many additional activities. Thanks.
The treatment was completely professional from initial consultation right through to aftercare. I went from not being able to get out of bed without glasses to being able to reach the bottom line on the sight chart. It’s been a totally liberating experience
From start to finish felt in safe hands. Any questions/issues were addressed and I was made to feel I was the only person who mattered.
From start to finish, the service was excellent. I had my treatment at 7pm on a Thursday evening. The following morning at 8:30am I drove my son to his nursery, without glasses. My only regret is that I didn’t have it done 5 years ago!
I am amazed by the results, my vision has greatly improved – no more glasses and contact lenses. Definitely worth time and money.
I came to Ultralase not knowing what to expect. At the consultation stage I was very impressed with the efficiency and professionalism by all staff.
When it came to the operation I felt I was in excellent hands and well looked after.
The aftercare was also excellent and I feel I have been given excellent treatment from start to finish.