Mr Pillai is the Medical Director at Advance Vision Care (AVC), which he founded back in 2003. Today, he is considered one of UK’s most respected, highly trained and experienced Consultant Refractive Surgeons.
With over 25 years’ experience under his belt, Mr Pillai has personally performed over 30,000 eye surgeries – more than many other ophthalmologists. He is also licenced to practice both in the UK and the USA, after having worked for years with the NHS, and in Indian eye hospitals.
As one of the first eye surgeons in the country to conduct bilateral LASIK (bladeless eye surgery on both eyes), Mr Pillai still performs all laser procedures at AVC.
Today, Mr Pillai is a Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCO), as well as the Royal College of Surgeons, and is registered with the General Medical Council (GMC). Membership of these bodies signals a stamp of approval within the ophthalmology industry.
Mr Pillai’s Formal Qualifications:
- 1990: Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists
- 1989: Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
- 1988: Diploma in Ophthalmology, Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow
- 1982: Diploma in Ophthalmology, Madras University, India
- 1980: Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Madras University, India
Mr Pillai’s Professional Affiliations:
- Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCO – UK)
- Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh
- British Society of Refractive Surgery (BSRS – UK)
- British Medical Association (BMA)
- American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO – UK)
- Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO – USA)
- American Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS – USA)
- International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS)
- European Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ESCRS)
What’s more, Mr Pillai is one of the few eye surgeons in the UK to receive a Fellowship in both Corneal and in Refractive Surgery: one at the University of Texas in the USA; and the other at The Queen Victoria Hospital in the UK.
And – as you would expect from someone who founded his own private practice – he is helping to innovate laser eye surgery technology through collaboration with the Technolas group think tank.
After working as an NHS Consultant for five years, Mr Pillai founded his own private clinic, AVC, in 2003. In addition to performing laser eye surgery himself, Mr Pillai still finds the time to present at international conferences, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and help train other surgeons in the UK.
Quite a few accolades help Mr Pillai stand out. Rare among them is his pioneering of the co-management approach. He gathered a network of clinical partners (all of whom are experienced and accredited optometrists) in England to act as a referral base for initial consultation and aftercare.
As a result, patients are able to receive qualified advice on their eye conditions, from an optometrist close to home. This is part of the AVC’s focus on personalised patient care.
Area of expertise:
- Corneal neovascularization (CNV), or the growth of new blood vessels in the eye
- Amniotic membrane transplantation
- Specular microscopy in uveitis
- Excimer laser surgery (such as LASIK and LASEK)
- Dry eye conditions
3. Mr C. T. Pillai Review: The Verdict
So, is Mr Pillai the right eye surgeon for you? Of course, that all depends on where you live, and what you’re looking for.
If you’re seeking laser eye surgery in London, you’ll be pleased to know Mr Pillai operates largely in the Harley Street AVC Clinic. Plus, Lasik Eyes reviewers comment on his compassionate, personable approach.
But depending on your budget, you may like to shop around. In any case, it’s always worth trying to meet your surgeon at an initial consultation to establish a good connection before the surgery.
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Mr C.T. Pillai Reviews
I am extremely happy with the service I recived. The staff were all helpful and put me at ease from the beginning. The results have been amazing and changed my life. I would recommend Mr Pillai and his team to anyone considering this procedure.
I had my wavefront surgery on 19th March and had 20/20 vision the following day! The staff are professional, relaxed, polite and helpful, as is Justin Hardy who does my aftercare at Bournemouth. If I’m honest, I found the proceedure quite traumatic, perhaps I am not as brave as I thought I was! It did not hurt but it certainly goes against all one’s natural instincts to stare into very bright lights as someone fiddles about with your eyes. I’m glad I had them done at the same time, though. Having said all that, it is a bit like having a baby, in that I soon forgot how I felt at the time and I am delighted with the results. I still have quite a lot of night glare, but that should settle down within a couple of months. I cannot fault my vision, otherwise. In my opinion Advance Visioncare has an incredible surgeon: Mr Pillai is very relaxed and has a great sense of humour and he clearly knows how to choose helpful, professional staff.
Overall excellent service, from the initial consultation I was put at ease and all my concerns allayed.
Fantastic service, couldn’t have asked for more.
Thank you so much AVC!
Dr Anil Shah
Everything was excellent from start to finish. The staff were good at making you feel at ease, did think I might change my mind. Have worn glasses for 30 years and now feel like I have a new lease of life. Have to wear glasses for reading but most people do between 40 and 50 years of age, So I didn’t mind that. I do alot of sport, play golf and swim and life is much easier now.
I was really apprehensive about having eye surgery due to having a complex prescription. I was always under the impression that there was no treatment for my Keratoconus. Mr Pillai was really confident he could help me, which helped me put my trust in surgeon. Post crosslinking in my left eye I gained +3 vision and my visual distortion disappeared. My cornea healed really well. I’ve recently had Implantable Contact Lenses. All the staff were brilliant, compassionate and caring. I was given some diazepam pre surgery. All the post drops were explained fully. I can see, it’s a miracle.PS Thank you to the nurse in the theatre who held my hand
I am very pleased with the results. Service was excellent and still is. I have already recommended 2 friends and still trying to convince my sister for treatment.
The service at AVC was excellent. The staff helped put me at ease and made the whole procedure as easy as possible.My sister and I had the procedure on the same day and Pawel was excellent in helping her relax as she was extremely nervous and anxiousI would definitely recommend AVC to anyone. Lasik has changed my life, it is amazing to be able to wake up every day and be able to see without glasses.Mr Pillai is an excellent surgeon and I felt very safe under his care.Thank you to everyone who looked after me at AVC
The service was excellent. The staff helped put me at ease and made the whole procedure as easy as possible.My sister and I had the procedure on the same day and Pawel was excellent in helping her relax as she was extremely nervous and anxious.I would definitely recommend AVC to anyone. Lasik has changed my life, it is amazing to be able to wake up every day and be able to see without glasses. Mr Pillai is an excellent surgeon and I felt very safe under his care. Thank you to everyone who looked after me at AVC.