Choosing a Clinic: Harley Street vs High Street

Laser Eye Surgery is now more popular than ever before – in fact, it is now the most popular elective procedure in the world. This popularity has seen the number of high street providers in the UK skyrocket over the last two decades.

This rise could be considered a good thing; it has meant more access, lower prices, and more options to choose from. On the other hand, it should be noted that the rise in high street clinics has also brought some more unexpected and worrying effects.

When you are in search of a Laser Eye Surgery clinic, it can be easy to feel a little overwhelmed. But don’t worry, things are actually more clear-cut than they might first appear.

Choosing a clinic really comes down to following a simple process and looking for a specific set of characteristics – not just the price. Once you are aware of what makes a good Laser Eye Surgery clinic, you will see that Harley Street and the high street are worlds apart.

High Street Laser Eye Surgery Providers

While a higher number of Laser Eye Surgery may offer convenience, the surge seen in recent years has caused many problems for the industry – and not primarily for the reasons you might think.

The first thing to be aware of is that this growth is largely owed to a lack of rules and regulations within the industry. You might be surprised to learn that there are currently no requirements to have specialist training or certain qualifications to perform Laser Eye Surgery. In fact, the only requirement is that you are a registered doctor; unsurprisingly, many experienced surgeons agree this isn’t enough.

And the evidence supports this belief. Independent clinics are unfortunately seeing an increasing number of patients who have previously received bad advice or low-quality treatment elsewhere.

Many people are unaware that Laser Eye Surgery is a holistic process that begins the minute you set foot in the door. In fact, the initial screening process and consultation is one of the most important steps in the whole process – so it’s not surprising that many problems stem from a poor or inaccurate initial consultation.

Independent reviews of the industry have consistently found low levels of service among high street Laser Eye Surgery providers. A 2016 report by Which? revealed that one in three initial consultations at high street providers were of low quality and that several providers did not accurately explain the risks and side effects of surgery.

The reason for this is simple: a need to hit targets and obtain certain numbers of patients each month has led many high street providers to turn to high-pressure sales tactics. Unfortunately, this often means skimming past the important details.

Harley Street’s London Vision Clinic has been successfully treating patients for a wide range of refractive errors for over 20 years.

In that time, we have been doing things a little differently than the high street, placing a focus on providing the best possible care and quality and delivering a highly personalised experience to each and every one of our patients.

Laser Eye Surgery on Harley Street

Since the 19th century, the Harley Street area of London has been known as a centre of medical excellence. Fast forward over a century and the historical street has unsurprisingly become a global hub for Laser Eye Surgery.

People from all over the world continue to flock to Harley Street thanks to its reputation for providing the best treatment available.

Harley Street boasts the highest density of Laser Eye Surgery clinics in the UK, so there is no shortage of options. But what really sets it apart is the quality of the treatment on offer.

Harley Street is not only home to some of the best clinics in the world, but also to some of the world’s most renowned surgeons. This allows us to offer a wide range of specialised and highly competitive services. Therefore, when looking to find out the credentials and experience of surgeons, as well as the results of the clinic, you will find each clinic to be completely transparent and forthcoming.

With such a high level of quality and care on offer, there really is no better place to be than a Harley Street Laser Eye Surgery clinic.

If you would like to find out more about the expertise of our surgeons or our clinic’s results, get in touch with one of our friendly clinic coordinators n 020 7224 1005 or Book a Consultation today.