Ultralase originated in 1991, opening its first laser eye surgery clinic at the Clatterbridge Hospital in northwest England. The clinic specialised in Photorefractive Keratotomy (PRK) until 1995 when the emerging technology of LASIK laser eye surgery first became available in Britain. This development elicited a period of expansion for Ultralase and by the end of 2002 the company owned laser eye surgery clinics in twelve major cities. Since then, as corrective eye surgery procedures and equipment have evolved, Ultralase has expanded to meet demand from patients and currently has thirty-one clinics throughout the UK and Ireland.
Longest-established Laser Eye Surgery Provider
Ultralase is keen to point out that it is the UK’s longest-established laser eye surgery provider with a history of performing corrective eye surgery that spans more than two decades. In fact, Ultralase claims to have been the first amongst its peer laser eye surgery providers to achieve a number of important distinctions; it was the first UK clinic to provide a Lifetime Aftercare guarantee, the first to move to bladeless laser eye surgery (standard LASIK laser eye surgery involves the use of a fine-bladed surgical knife called a microkeratome to create a flap in the eye’s cornea; Ultralase performs only Intralase LASIK surgery which instead uses a high energy femtosecond laser to create the corneal flap), the only corrective eye surgery provider in the UK to deploy state-of-the-art third-generation Wavefront laser eye surgery technology.
In terms of the experience and expertise of its surgical team Ultralase is proud to publicise the fact that it is the only UK laser eye surgery provider all of whose surgeons are fully certified by fully certified by the prestigious Royal College of Ophthalmologists. In addition, the majority of Ultralase’s surgeons have each performed at least 10,000 laser eye surgery operations. The culmination of this combined expertise, according to statistics available on Ultralase’s website, is that 99.9% of the patients who underwent laser eye surgery with Ultralase between January and March 2009 achieved eyesight corrected to an accepted standard for driving, whilst 93% of patients overall achieved 20:20 vision or better.
Consultations with Ultralase are provided free an on a no-obligation basis. You’ll be assigned a personal adviser and an optometrist who will explain everything about the laser eye surgery process in as much detail as you require, as well as performing a number of tests and scans on your eyes in order to assess your suitability for treatment. Ultralase will provide you with a detailed personal treatment plan and you will have the freedom, should you decide to proceed with laser eye surgery, to book your treatment in the timeframe that suits you best. Ultralase’s blade-free surgery lasts no longer than sixty seconds per eye and you’ll spend a maximum of between ten and twenty minutes in the operating room.
Although Ultralase’s laser eye surgery has a very high success rate, their Aftercare programme means that, after receiving laser eye surgery, all necessary check ups and additional care are free of charge.
Unlike many laser eye surgery providers, Ultralase’s pricing is fixed and all-inclusive regardless of your prescription. Depending upon the precise treatment you opt for, you can expect to pay between around £700 to £2,200 per eye for laser eye surgery with Ultralase.