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Laser eye surgery is VAT exempt

Published on 6th January 2011

Don't worry about the VAT increase this January. Eye laser surgery is VAT exempt so the prices remain the same and have not increased this January.

So if you are thinking about taking the plunge and contacting us about eye laser surgery, rest assured that our prices have remained the same as before!.

The reason laser eye surgery is exempt from VAT is because all registered health care professionals are VAT exempt. This includes the following:

* medical practitioners
* ophthalmic and dispensing opticians
* professionals registered under the Health Professions Order 2001.

These professionals are: arts therapists, biomedical scientists, chiropodists/podiatrists, clinical scientists, dieticians, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthoptists, paramedics, physiotherapists, prosthetists and orthotists, radiographers, and speech and language therapists, but will also include medical care professionals added to the Order at a future date

* osteopaths
* chiropractors
* nurses, midwives and health visitors
* hearing aid dispensers
* dentists, dental hygienists, dental therapists, dental nurses, clinical dental technicians, dental technicians; orthodontic therapists and

Source: HMRC Website


All eye surgical procedures carry a level of risk including not obtaining the desired outcome, through to varying levels of visual loss. Your eye surgeon will discuss the risks and benefits, including ones specific to your circumstances, at the time of your pre-operative consultation.