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How to choose the best laser eye surgery clinic

How to make your decision on the best clinic to have your laser eye surgery in

The decision to have vision correction surgery is an important one that you should make after carefully considering the options available. Your eyes and your vision are precious and you should not make any compromise with eye surgery.

No person or pair of eyes are the same. You are unique and should be treated as such. 

When deciding which laser eye surgery clinic and/or surgeon is the best for you, you might find the process overwhelming due to the long list of providers who all seem to be offering the same thing.

In fact, though, there are a lot of things that differentiate the best laser eye surgery clinics from the competition and you don’t have to be an expert in Ophthalmology to know them.

Hospital chains

In general, it is best to avoid large impersonal chains and hospitals in order to receive the personalised, individual care that you deserve.

Technology

You should also think about whether the clinic you’re considering offers the latest and most advanced laser eye surgery techniques and technologies, to ensure you’re getting the best possible results. The best laser eye surgery clinics will offer the option of LASIK and LASEK, sparing no expense in giving you the most advanced laser technology available.

Location

Location is sometimes also a factor for people considering surgery. Depending on convenience, some might, for example, choose a surgeon that practises at a laser eye surgery clinic in Hertfordshire or at a specialist laser eye clinic in London. Here at OCL Vision, our expertly trained surgeons are available in key locations to accommodate everyone.

Aftercare

Another factor to consider is what aftercare the clinic offers – this includes follow-ups after the procedure and a guarantee in case short sightedness returns after the procedure.

At OCL Vision, the patient’s eyesight is reviewed on a number of visits to make sure their eyes are healing well and that they are happy with their vision. We also have a 15 year guarantee – if you have vision correction for short-sightedness, we will offer a repeat laser eye treatment to correct a return of myopia (short sightedness) in the first fifteen years, free of charge.

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What to consider when choosing the best laser eye surgeon for your needs

Are they an NHS consultant?

The NHS sets the bar very high when it comes to who qualifies for a Substantive Consultant post and this should be the very minimum standard for the surgeon that you choose.

The correct training

When choosing your surgeon, they should be trained in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery. Laser vision correction is surgery on the cornea and although modern technology allows for the maximum safety and results, this doesn’t always guarantee the desired result if the surgeon lacks the required training.

The eye surgeon’s calibre, training and experience allow her/him to respond appropriately when unpredictable situations arise and to manage them safely. The vast majority of surgeons, both on the high street and in large reputable eye hospitals, have not been fellowship trained in the latest laser eye surgery techniques.

Volume of surgery

Your chosen eye surgeon should already be carrying out high volume surgery on a monthly basis. He or she should be carrying out at least 50 vision correction procedures each month.

Expertise

Do not assume that just because a company or website tell you that their surgeons have performed thousands of procedures that they are necessarily an expert in eye correction treatment.

We are extremely proud of the results we achieve for our patients, across all procedures.

You can find out more on our results page.

Word of mouth

Do not have blind faith in a word of mouth recommendation. One happy patient does not guarantee that you are in the best hands. Check reviews online and thoroughly research your ophthalmic surgeon to ensure that he/she has the skill and experience required.

Reputation

Do not rely on an institution’s good name. Some institutions use their name as an excuse to under-invest in the latest technology and the best surgeons. Institutions can have both good and bad surgeons. Make sure you know exactly who your eye surgeon is.

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Each of our surgeons have been trained in centres of excellence in the UK as well as international centres of excellence in the United States, the far East, and Europe. Our optometric and patient liaison team ensure the highest level of customer care so that patients feel comfortable on their journey with us and have all of their questions answered.

Mr Allon Barsam

Director and founding partner of OCL Vision
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Why Choose OCL Vision for your laser eye surgery?

Our exceptional laser eye surgery results and 15 year aftercare package are just a few of the reasons to choose OCL Vision for your London or Herts laser eye surgery over high street providers.
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