There is no doubt about it - having laser eye surgery can be a truly beneficial and life-changing experience. However, before you decide on a clinic and surgeon, it is essential to make sure you have done your research and due diligence. This will increase the possibility of getting the excellent outcome that you desire.
Laser Eye Treatment Costs
One of the first things you will notice when researching laser surgery is that there is A LOT of variability in prices. These are the typical figures Advanced Vision Care found for each eye treated:
LASEK – From £1,100 to £1,900
LASEK Wavefront – From £1,400 to £2,600
LASIK – From £1,100 to £2,800
LASIK Wavefront – From £1,600 to £3,300
Surely it makes sense to go for a cheaper option and save money? Aren't all laser eye surgeons suitably qualified?
Actually no... but that is just one of the factors that can influence the cost.
What Influences The Prices?
- Technology – More expensive clinics generally use the latest and safest technologies, whereas their cut-price competitors may be relying on older equipment. Obviously, this can affect the outcome and patient satisfaction rates.
- Level of Care - Some laser clinics do not include aftercare provision in their advertised prices. It is charged separately, and when included the package may not look as attractive! It is also common for aftercare to be reduced to as little as 3 months – not the 12 months that is often needed.
- Clinic Location – Experienced and highly qualified surgeons tend to operate from London where the cost of living is higher. This means that if you want the very best care you may have to travel and pay a little bit extra.
To get optimum results, patients should avoid choosing surgeons simply by the lowest price. Marketing teams know how to tempt customers with a variety of advertising techniques, so beware of hidden costs and up-selling tactics.
Can I Get Laser Eye Surgery For Free On The NHS?
Some patients mistakenly believe that the NHS will perform laser eye surgery to rectify short or long-sightedness. This is untrue.
The NHS will only offer surgery if a patient will experience extensive vision loss without it. People who simply want to improve their vision do not qualify – they will still have to rely on contact lenses or glasses.
How Is AVC Different?
At AVC, their founder, Dr CT Pillai is considered to be an elite laser eye surgeon. With over 25 years experience, he is a fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the Royal College of Surgeons.
Their clinic provides the highest standards of care and is located on London’s Harley Street – the most prestigious medical location in the world. Their pre-surgery consultations are very thorough, and they only choose to operate if you are a good candidate for laser eye surgery.
Their aftercare lasts for 1 year and you will have the option of follow-up appointments at a clinic closer to your home, thanks to their independent optometrist network (the largest in the UK).
They encourage people to speak to one of their advisors by calling 02079357497 to find out more about their surgeons, the pricing, and the 0% financing options that are available. Of course, you can also read their multitude of positive reviews for extra reassurance.