March 17, 2011 06:52 ET

Ultralase Celebrates 20 Years of 20:20 Vision

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 17, 2011) - 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of vision correction specialists Ultralase – the first private company in the UK to offer laser eye surgery.

Ultralase is the UK's longest-established vision correction specialist, with 20 years experience. Starting out in 1991 with its first specialist clinic in the Wirral, the company's presence has since expanded to 31 clinics throughout UK and Ireland including London's Harley Street, Dublin and its newest clinic – Aberdeen, with further expansion plans to follow in 2011.

Ultralase has completed over 225,000 treatments and have improved the vision of many sporting legends, including Sir Steve Redgrave, Paul Collingwood, Sir Clive Woodward, Jonathan Edwards and Bryan Robson.

Since its launch, Ultralase has been the industry pioneer; commanding numerous firsts within the industry, including;

  • The first laser eye treatment provider in the UK to have its treatment results verified, giving real transparency of results – a process which remains in place today.
  • The first and only company to ensure that all of its surgeons in GB are certified by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists; the highest specialist accreditation in this field.
  • Only national provider of Ultra Elite – the latest and most advanced wavefront treatment, achieving the best published results in the industry; 99% of those treated achieved 20/20 vision and 100% achieved driving standard.*
  • The first and only provider of Ultra Renew; a revolutionary new treatment for presbyopia, the age related need for reading glasses. In addition, Ultralase are pioneering Vue+ inlays giving them the widest range of presbyopic treatments of any national provider.
  • First laser eye specialist in Britain to offer a lifetime care guarantee.

Tony Veverka, Chief Executive at Ultralase who himself had laser eye surgery with Ultralase eleven years ago, commented, "Celebrating 20 years of changing peoples' lives is a significant milestone for the company and having experienced firsthand the life changing benefits that freedom from glasses and contact lenses can bring, makes it all the more amazing. Knowing the difference it can make to each and every contact lens and glasses wearer, is what drives us to ensure that we're providing the best possible solution and high level of care to all.

"Starting with just one laser eye treatment clinic in the Wirral, Ultralase and its team of world-class surgeons has led the industry throughout, with significant achievements year on year in terms of clinical excellence, leading edge technology, ground breaking treatments and transparency of results.

"Our continued success is a testament to the hard work and commitment of every employee within the company. We continue to lead the way by investing in dedicated training and technical advancement, enabling us to be the first UK provider to offer Ultra Elite, which has produced the industry's best published results to date as well as groundbreaking new treatments for Presbyopia, the age related condition that causes the need for reading glasses.

"We look forward to and offering yet more market leading treatments and services to our patients in the very near future and onwards through our next 20 years."

Ultralase Milestones 1991 - 2011

1991   Ultralase opens UK's first commercial laser eye treatment clinic
1993   A second clinic (Leeds) becomes Ultralase's busiest clinic
1995   Ultralase introduces LASIK
2000   Sir Clive Woodward, England Rugby Union Coach, undergoes laser eye treatment at our Birmingham clinic
2001   England cricketer, Paul Collingwood undergoes laser eye treatment in our Newcastle clinic.
2001/2   Rapid expansion sees four clinics grow to 12 (Birmingham, Bristol, Hammersmith, Newcastle, TCR, Cardiff, Chelmsford, Guilford, Manchester, St. Albans)
2002   Jonathan Edwards CBE, World Champion and Olympic gold Medalist, undergoes laser eye treatment at our Newcastle clinic
2003   Ultralase announces major sponsorship initiative with eyesight charity Vision Aid Overseas.
2003   Ultralase is the first laser eye provider in the UK to have its treatment and enhancement results verified by independent audit
2003   Ultralase introduces Ultra-WaveFront™, which in addition to correcting vision is proven to dramatically reduce night vision problems.
2003   Ultralase first to install the Bausch & Lomb Zyoptix™ Z100 laser system, incorporating Iris Recognition capability and multi-dimensional eye-tracking technology for improved safety and effectiveness
2005   Reading clinic opens
2006   Glasgow clinic opens – the first in Scotland.
2007   Liverpool, Nottingham, Edinburgh clinics open
2007   Five times Olympic gold medalist, Sir Steve Redgrave has laser eye treatment at our Bristol clinic.
2008   First national provider to offer IntraLase™ (blade free technology) as standard in all LASIK procedures – proven to deliver improved safety and treatment results.
2008   New clinic openings: Sheffield consultation room, Maidstone, Southampton, Cambridge, Fleet Street (London).
2008   Belfast clinic are acquired from Quality Healthcare Group.
2008   Clinics open in ROI and Ultralase become an International company – Waterford clinic acquired from Quality Healthcare group – clinic established in Cork, Shanakiel Hospital
2008   The first In-house IOL facility acquired (LCRS) – also gives Ultralase a Harley Street presence
2009   First company to have all surgeons in GB certified in laser refractive surgery by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists
2009   Ultralase launches Ultra Renew – the first and only clinic in the UK, where this revolutionary treatment for presbyopia is available
2009   Ultra Elite is launched – the latest and most advanced wavefront treatment available – first provider and only national network to offer this treatment
2009   Addition of Dublin and Limerick clinics in Ireland makes Ultralase the largest Irish provider
2010   Ultra Elite results independently verified – best published results where 99% achieved 20/20 vision and 100% achieved driving standard vision
2010   Bryan Robson, footballing legend undergoes monovision laser eye treatment in the Manchester clinic
2010   First inlay treatments carried out in UK in Ultralase Belfast
2010   Ultralase begins their fundraising challenge to raise £27,000 for Vision Aid Overseas by June-11, which will open a vision centre in Uganda later in the year.
2011   Third Scottish clinic opens - Aberdeen

For more information about Ultralase visit www.ultralase.com/info

Notes to Editors

Ultralase is the UK's first laser eye surgery specialists, celebrating 20 years of 20:20 vision. Using a highly qualified team of laser surgeons, all certified by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, and state of the art technology, the company has achieved the best laser eye surgery results in the UK. Ultralase offers a lifetime care guarantee – uniquely across all vision correction options. For further information or to book a consultation at one of the 31 clinics in UK and Ireland, please call 08000 276 812 or visit www.ultralase.com/info

*All UltraElite treatment results, (excluding mono vision and partial treatments) July 13th to November 3rd 2009, Binocular vision.

Contact Information

  • For more information or to arrange an
    interview, please contact Rebecca, Kiran, Gemma or Janine
    at Lucre on 0113 243 1117 or email ultralase@lucre.co.uk