Avoid Being Seduced By Cheap Laser Eye Surgery Deals
Everybody loves a bargain. But when it comes to any form of elective surgery, price should never be the first thing you look out for.
We tend to have a funny relationship with money. Just yesterday when I was out doing the shopping, a new, cheaper brand of a type of product I buy every week caught my eye. As it was marginally less than the one I usually go for (and love), naturally, I bought five.
Like most things, it turns out it was cheaper for a reason. So, this week the dog gets an extra treat, and I learn a lesson in not always thinking about the monetary cost of things first.
This is ever true when browsing the market of Laser Eye Surgery providers. You will find treatments being offered at a wide range of prices; from as little as £595 per eye, to £6,000—and anywhere in between. But unlike buying groceries, shopping around for Laser Eye Surgery can be a complex task which requires a little more research and understanding.
We’ve talked a lot about how to choose a good Laser Eye Surgery clinic, but we haven’t specifically explained why it’s so important to avoid the cheap ones. Let’s take a look at a few of the main reasons for steering clear of those bargain basement ‘too good to be true’ deals.
Quality of Consultations
The initial consultation is the cornerstone of any successful procedure—and for that matter, of any good Laser Eye Surgery clinic. In an investigation by Which?, one in three high street providers were found to have poor quality consultations, with some even failing to properly explain the risks of the surgery.
In the same report released by Which?, independent clinics, smaller chains, and hospital-based providers all came out top on their scoring criteria. Here at London Vision Clinic, we have one of the most comprehensive initial consultations in the business, helping us accurately assess your refractive errors, and ensure every one of our patients are—and will be—100% satisfied.
One of the flaws in the Laser Eye Surgery industry is the loose regulations around who can conduct the surgery. Many specialist Laser Eye Surgeons are currently lobbying to tighten them up, at the moment, as long as you are a registered doctor, you can perform the surgery.
One of the consequences of having no required specialist training or qualifications is a growing number of patients seeking out independent practices after receiving bad advice or treatment elsewhere.
At London Vision Clinic we are no strangers to world class expertise. From our founder, Professor Dan Reinstein—one of the most experienced and respected Laser Eye Surgeons—to his hand-picked and highly trained colleague, Mr Glenn Carp, our team is uniquely experienced and highly qualified to address a huge range of vision problems.
Quality customer care comes at a price. And more often than not when you opt for something cheap in the service industry—restaurants, massages, haircuts—you don’t leave with a smile on your face.
Offering Laser Eye Surgery at such a low price brings the need to convert huge volumes of sales in order to be profitable. Thus, high street providers often resort to high-pressure tactics and stick to the same, generalised approach to ensure they close sales.
The same goes for their customer support lines. More calls equals more staff, and more staff equals more outgoing money. As a result, high street providers have been known to outsource their customer support to 3rd party telesales companies—where not quality, but quantity counts.
With considerably fewer incoming calls, independent clinics don’t need large call centres. For instance, at our clinic on Harley Street, all our calls are answered internally by our expert staff who are trained, knowledgeable, and highly experienced at handling even the most challenging of enquiries