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Laser eye surgery - the risks downplayed: views of an independent clinic

Published on 22nd March 2011

The article on the Marie Claire website back in March 2009 about the risks of laser eye surgery definitely rings true.

The opening statement of the article states: 'People may not be properly advised on the risks of laser eye surgery and might pay more than the advertised price, a Which? study suggests.'

As a private, independent laser eye clinic based in Bolton, near Manchester, we are not the subject of a lot of the marketing hype that is sometimes associated with laser eye treatment. We ensure our patients get the level of pre and post surgery care that they need and expect from a leading clinic. We've gone through a few of the points and responded with the following statements:

We always ensure that the potential patient has a consultation with their treating surgeon, thus establishing a relationship before a decision to proceed is made.

We have a very detailed consent form clearly outlining the possible (however small) risks & complications.

Costs - we have always been very open & transparent with our pricing. The prices we quote on our website are the prices the patient pays - there are no hidden extra or "up-sells".

In our 2010 Patient Satisfaction Survey:
* 99% rated the consultation with the surgeon as excellent / very good / good
* 99% rated the final result of their laser eye treatment as excellent / very good / good
* Over 99% said they'd recommend Visualase Laser Eye Clinic to their friends and family

If you are considering laser eye surgery, why not give us a call to plan in your consultation, so you can have the time to talk to an expert and have your questions on laser eye surgery answered.

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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.