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Mr C.T. Pillai

mr c t pillai

166 Reviews

Mr Pillai was the surgeon for my LASIK surgery. I met him at my consultation when he personally went through my results and informed me of my suitability. He was friendly and answered my many questions. On the day of my surgery i ...Read more

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.

1. Qualifications

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.

2. Experience

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


28 Apr 2004

I was particularly impressed by the thoroughness of my initial consultation; an inconsistency between my spectacle prescription and actual measured condition was checked three times! (and by different people). I was greatly reassured by this, and by the care and attention given to me, bearing in mind that at that stage I had not made a commitment to continue. On the treatment day (I was fortunate to have this only three days after the initial consultation) I was treated wonderfully, I felt little discomfort, and enjoyed first class vision immediately following the procedure. One thing did come as a suprise, that is after about 2hrs my eyes were running so much, even with eyes shut, that it took quite an effort of will to actually open them, let alone put drops in! I guess it was just the brightness... All settled well & by the evening I was able to enjoy a first class meal and, of course, a few celebratory drinks!

16 Feb 2009

The assessments were made efficiently and everything was explained clearly. The LASEK eye surgery went ahead (Having discussed the options), totally pain free and staff were sympathetic to my nervousness. Follow up checks done thoroughly and I am very pleased with the results.

07 Jul 2009

I found Advance Visioncare on the Website. I came for consultation and opted for CLE (Clear Lens Exchange) with Monovision. The right eye worked perfectly. It was later when the left eye was done but the result was not as expected. The response when Advance Visioncare found out that it hadn’t worked was excellent. Within a short time the problem was corrected and I no longer need to use glasses for the first time in 30 years. First class treatment service and staff.

01 Mar 2011

I decided to have the treatment as my glasses always seemed to get in the way and putting in and taking out contacts got tiresome.The experience with Advanced Vision Care was amazing! Every member of staff was very friendly and welcoming.My life has changed after the treatment as I am now able to wake up and do whatever I need to do without finding my glasses first.I am so happy with the results and will send anyone I know here!

28 Feb 2012

I always wanted to do corrective eye surgery and be able to see my daughter's cheeky smile in the morning, but I was delaying the decision for years. I chose Advanced Vision Care as my optician recommended Mr Pillai. Pawel Marcinkowski, who dealt with my appointments and assisted during the surgery, was always friendly and highly professional. He and Mr Pillai answered my questions and concerns. I made a decision to go ahead with the surgery when I was told that if the eyesight does not improve after the surgery, the clinic will do a corrective surgery free of charge and continue providing after-care. This was important for me as my eyesight was really bad (big minus and astigmatism on both eyes), therefore I needed this reassurance. The surgery was quick and painless. I could see well almost immediately. After three months Mr Pillai advised me to have a corrective surgery as my eyesight was not settled. The corrective surgery was even quicker than the first one. I am very happy with the result and recommend AVC to everyone with bad eye sight. One of my friends had his surgery done at AVC after I told him about my experience. I know that if I have any concerns about my eyesight, I can always call Pawel for advice. But I am sure, I would not have any concerns :) The happiest person is my daughter as now I can see her well without glasses.

12 May 2006

I had my eyes treated with LASEK by Mr Pillai and I am extremely happy with the results. Having been short-sighted most of my life and with a prescription of -7.5 and -6.0 I wondered how good my results could be. 2 months on I have what seems like perfect vision (appearently I am a teeny bit long-sighted now, but I really can't tell) and can read all the lines on the optician's chart (even the one 3 lines below the 20/20 vision line!) and have no dryness or pain at all.The treatment itself was totally painless, and the only pain I had was for a couple of hours the evening of the treatment. That was helped by sitting in the dark and using the drops I was given - by 7pm I was up and about and out appreciating my night in London with a nice meal.I would definitely recommend having LASEK and if you are going to go for it, then you could not find a better surgeon than Mr Pillai - he is reassuring, helpful and according to my husband who was watching, has amazingly steady hands!

08 May 2009

Everyone was great and informed me well of my suitability and the treatment itself.I did go for a few other consultations with other competitors but felt Advance VisionCare offered a more individual service while remaining professional and relaxed.After the day of the surgery I panicked a bit as my eye sight worse, this was explained over the phone as normal when I phoned for reassurance. My eyesight soon got better and apart from being dry is nearly as it should be only a week after surgery.I certainly recommend it and coming to Advance VisionCare.

29 Jan 2010


29 Jun 2011

The decision to have my eyes lasered was honestly one of the best decisions of my life. I only wish that I had done it earlier. I was kept informed at every step of the way and at no time was there any pressure to proceed.The procedure was quick and absolutely painless. It took only just over a day for my eyes to return to normal, except of course with their new 20-20 vision!I have honestly forgotten that I was ever short-sighted. I researched my surgeon Mr Pillai and I am certain that I picked the very best practitioner in the field. I would wholeheartedly recommend him to any future patients as I have done to all my work colleagues.It is definitely worth paying for the best.

12 Dec 2012

The service I received from start to now at the afterdacre stage has been excellent. I have just had my 3 month post operative check up with the news that I have better than 20:20 vision, so I am over the moon.I am so glad I decided to have laser eye surgery and it was worth every penny.I had done lots of research before hand and the common factors were the surgeon, technology and aftercare. Advanced Vision Care ticked all these boxes and I would rewcommend them highly.

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