Cheap laser eye surgery and why you must avoid it

If you’ve spent any time shopping around for laser eye surgery, you might well have noticed the wide range of prices available out there. A quick online search at the time of writing brings up prices from below £1000 to close on £10,000. As a result, it’s certainly not unreasonable to wonder what the difference in services are, and why you shouldn’t go for cheap laser eye surgery – after all, why pay more than you have to?

Like everything else in life, the old adage of ‘you get what you pay for’ is never truer than with laser eye surgery, and although no procedure is without risks, it's worth making an investment in high quality treatment for the best possible chances of great results. Read on below to find out more.


The Surgeon 

At present, regulations governing laser eye surgery are not as rigid as for many other medical procedures. In fact, laser eye surgery can be performed without specific qualifications, and anyone with a basic doctor’s certificate can perform the surgery via a crash course in ophthalmology.

By comparison, our own opthalmic surgeons are NHS-trained and Fellows of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists or equivalent organisations. Together they have performed thousands of surgeries so have the expertise to offer tailored advice for individuals as well as to perform surgery and manage aftercare in any way needed.



Our open evenings are patient-led and have surgeons present so your questions can all be answered there and then. There is no obligation to progress with the surgery, and you can rest assured that our surgeons will recommend whatever is best for you as an individual. They will also not hold back from informing you of any potential risks involved.

It is rare to find very cheap laser eye surgery packages that include such high quality, personalised service. A less tailored approach will often be one of the prices you pay if opting for a cheaper overall cost.



Regarding cheaper laser eye surgery, money is often saved by cutting corners in terms of the wider service. An organisation may save money by outsourcing its aftercare helpline to an external telesales company, where staff are insufficiently trained to answer customer queries and have to refer questions elsewhere.

By comparison, our customers are Optegra’s number one priority. Our consultations ensure we are providing the right service for each of our customers, and no one embarks upon our surgery with any questions left to ask. We also have a ‘one surgeon’ approach, in that the surgeon who performs your initial consultation will also perform your surgery and provide any aftercare you may need.

In addition, for the cost of Optegra’s laser eye surgery, our customers receive treatment in a dedicated eye health hospital. Our aftercare service is again bespoke and thus tailored to an individual’s needs, as opposed to a ‘one size fits all’ approach, favoured by many cheaper laser eye services, and should any questions or problems come up after one of our patients has returned home, our aftercare service lasts for as long as you need us, for no extra cost.

Things are changing in the industry, and we’re among those that are pushing for a transparent service and the best deal possible for patients. Keep an eye on our blog for more information, and read our single price package costs here.

In the meantime, we hope you’ve found our guidance on why to avoid cheap laser eye surgery useful. If you are interested in going ahead with laser eye surgery, read about what Optegra can do for you here and don’t hesitate to contact us on 0808 178 9181 if you’ve any questions.


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