Ultralase Laser Eye Surgery
From Industry Innovator To Leading UK Provider
Ultralase opened their first clinic at the Clatterbridge Hospital near Chester in 1991. Originally only offering PRK (Photorefractive Keratotomy) treatment, they extended their eye correction solutions in 1995 with the perfection of the LASIK (Laser-Assisted Stromal in-situ Keratomileusis) technique. The company grew dramatically as patients began to recognise and appreciate the benefits delivered through the LASIK procedure and, by the end of 2002, a total of 12 clinics had been established in many of the UK's leading cities including London, Cardiff, Birmingham and Manchester.
2003 saw the introduction of the Ultralase Ultra Plus treatment which incorporated their innovative Wavefront technology, providing patients with results which far exceeded anything on offer from competing eye correction solution providers. Further advancements were introduced with the launch of the Ultra-CK procedure, specifically designed to treat age related presbyopia, delivering an alternative to those individuals who had to rely on glasses for close work and reading.
Ultralase Clinic Locations In The UK And IrelandContinued growth during the 2000s has led to the company currently having a presence in 30 locations around the UK with new clinics in Nottingham and Liverpool, north of the border in Edinburgh and Glasgow and Cork and Waterford in the Republic of Ireland. All Ultralase Clinics in England, Scotland and Wales can all be contacted on the same free telephone number 0800 9888 237 for a free, no obligation consultation. Opening times for all Ultralase Clinics are Tuesday - Sunday from 9am - 5pm and closed on Mondays. Maintaining the highest standards of accountability and efficacy, Ultralase are the only UK provider to have the results of their treatments verified by independent assessors and who insist that all of their surgeons hold the RCOphth certification from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.
Laser Eye Correction Options From Ultralase
Ultralase offers a choice of three laser eye correction solutions, ranging from the standard Ultra procedure to the 'gold standard' Ultra Elite treatment. The Ultra option is an appropriate solution for most patients and uses a cool laser, blade free treatment to re-shape the cornea and correct the focal point of the eye. This technique requires the laser to be applied to the eye for only a matter of seconds, providing quick and safe results. The Ultra-Plus delivers a tailor made option to create an individual patient treatment plan. The profile of the eye is as individual and unique as a fingerprint and this procedure provides the surgeon with the ability to apply the laser precisely where the correction is needed. The top of the range Ultra Elite option offers the most precise and accurate treatment through the use of the Advanced Wavelength technique. Offering excellent results with 99% of patients achieving 20/20 vision, this treatment is exclusive to Ultralase clinics within the UK.
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LASEK Or LASIK?
All laser eye correction techniques involve the reshaping of the cornea by moving aside the thin protective outer membrane allowing the laser to make the correction to the cornea underneath. Whether the surgeon decides that the LASIK or the LASEK (Laser Assisted Sub-Epithelial Keratectomy) technique is most appropriate for his patient, the re-shaping procedure will be the same. It is only the eye preparation technique that will differ. During a procedure using the LASIK option, the corneal surface is lifted while the laser correction takes place and is then replaced into position. This is the quickest procedure and will be appropriate for most prescription types, allowing the patient to return to work within 48 hours. The LASEK procedure is generally recommended for patients with an abnormally shaped cornea or for those who have a particularly active lifestyle. The corneal surface is softened and folded to one side while the correction is performed before being replaced. A protective contact lens will then be applied to the eye for 4-7 days to smooth the cornea and hold it in place while the operation site heals. Ultralase is currently the only UK company to offer blade free corrective laser eye surgery as they feel it will deliver faster healing, a reduction in the instances of complications and provide the patient with the highest level of possible outcome from their treatment.
How To Proceed
Before embarking on any elective treatment, it is always highly advisable to thoroughly research the procedure you are considering and the providers you may choose. Laser eye surgery is no different and should be treated as any other cosmetic or medical operation. If you are still unsure that Ultralase is the right provider for you, it may be worth using our unique clinic to patient matching service. We can not only help to give you a better indication of the costs involved and the treatment and aftercare packages which are on offer but match you with a suitable clinic in your area in a matter of minutes. You could also take the time to visit your local clinic and having a consultation with the surgeon who will be performing the procedure. He will be able to properly evaluate your specific needs and offer a treatment plan designed to provide you with the best outcome. Staff on hand will also be able to provide you with an accurate quotation for your treatment and advise you of the various payment options available to you.