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Optical Express

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Suite 2, 1st Floor The Exchange, St. John Street, Chester, CH1 1DD

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About Optical Express

Optical Express is the leading provider of laser eye surgery in the UK which means we have the experience and trust to deliver the very best in patient eye care. We invest heavily in our refractive technology and are proud to say that all of our clinics are equipped with iLasik and iDesign technology. We are also the only multiple laser eye surgery provider in the UK to offer iFS™150 technology in every one of our clinics.

Our team of surgeons are amongst the most experienced in the UK with a combined 1 million laser eye surgery procedures between them. All our surgeons are registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) which is an independent body which governs doctors throughout the UK.

Our laser eye surgery consultations are completely free and you will be thoroughly examined by one of our highly trained laser Optometrists. Should you decide to go ahead with surgery we offer a range of payment plans to suit your needs.


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Optical Express Reviews


Everyone at Optical Express were so friendly and put me at each during my consultation, during the op and after.

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Excellent Service

Impressive how quickly eyesight changed after surgery.

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Wish I had done it 10 years ago

Excellent and hassle free!

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Optical Express Photos

  • 1 of 16 - All our clinics are Ultra Modern .

  • 2 of 16 - We are a Feefo Gold Trusted Merchant .

  • 3 of 16 - During your consultation we use a Wavescan to measure the front of your eyes .

  • 4 of 16 - A Pentacam is also used to evaluate the corneal topography of your eyes .

  • 5 of 16 - We also measure the pressure in your eyes using a tonometer .

  • 6 of 16 - Your eyes will then be tested by one of our laser trained optometrists .

  • 7 of 16 - You will then discuss your options with your laser eye surgery counsellor .

  • 8 of 16 - The day of your surgery! .

  • 9 of 16 - Final questions for the surgeon .

  • 10 of 16 - Our refractive nurses will give you eye drops to be taken after your surgery .

  • 11 of 16 - Take a deep breath and relax! .

  • 12 of 16 - Preparing your eyes for surgery - No injections are used so don't worry! .

  • 13 of 16 - The laser eye surgery procedure is painless and over in minutes! .

  • 14 of 16 - You will be amazed at your vision immediately after surgery .

  • 15 of 16 - All your after-cares are included in the price. .

  • 16 of 16 - Final feedback - Tell us what you think .

Optical Express Staff

Mr. Alex George

Mr Alex George is a well-respected refractive surgeon with experience in both Lasik and Lasik. Since completing his additional specialist training in refractive surgery Mr Alex George has completed over 18,000 procedures. He is annually assessed by the International Medical Advisory Board (IMAB) meaning his standards of surgery are continually assessed.

Alex George obtained his medical degree in 1975 from Aligarh University in India and achieved his Ophthalmology certification in 1984 from Bombay University. His continued studies led him to acquire his FRCS (Ed) qualification in 1989 and the FRCOphth qualification in 1990. He completed his refractive surgery training between 1994 and 1995 at Georgetown University in Washington DC. Mr Alex George is certified on the VISX S3 and S4IR lasers and also has certification with the Moria M2 Microkeratomes.

As well as laser eye surgery Mr Alex George is also an expert in the other disciplines of refractive surgery, namely refractive lens exchange and Implantable Contact lenses. He is well-respected throughout the UK and has delivered many lectures and written many academic papers which have been successfully published.


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Mr. Andre Oberholster

Mr Andre Oberholster is a fully trained refractive surgeon who has carried out over 23,000 laser eye surgeries to date. He is a member of various professional bodies and his skills and knowledge are assessed annually by the International Medical Advisory Board (IMAB).

Mr Andre Oberholster is South African and graduated from the University of Pretoria in 1984 with a master's degree in Medicine. He spent 2 years at the Military Hospital of Pretoria in the Ophthalmology Department before training to become a general practitioner which took him six years. Mr Andre Oberholster decided to return to ophthalmology and after 5 years of training at the University of Stellenbosch he obtained his Master's Degree in Ophthalmology (MMed Ophth) in 1997.

Over the past ten years he has spent time working at the Bristol Eye hospital and the Cape Eye Hospital.


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Mr. Bal Manoj

Mr Bal Manoj has performed over 5,500 laser eye surgeries and is renowned for his complex intraocular surgery including cataract and intraocular lens treatment as well as squint surgery for both adults and children.

Mr Bal Manoj began his distinguished medical career by gaining a master's degree in Ophthalmology at the university of Bombay in India. He finished his surgical training in the UK, gaining his Certificate for Completion of Specialist Training after having worked in both London and Cardiff.

Mr Bal Manoj is involved in regular teaching work and has also been involved in a lot of laser eye surgery research. He is a trainer at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists for microsurgical skills and cataract courses, thus illustrating the reputation he has in this field.


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Mr. David Teenan

Mr David Teenan is an experienced refractive surgeon having carried out over 9,500 laser eye surgery procedures to date including both Lasek and Lasik. He is a fully trained ophthalmologist and has also undergone additional training in refractive surgery. Mr David Teenan is regularly assessed by the International Medical Advisory Board (IMAB) ensuring he is performing at the highest possible level.

Mr David Teenan qualified from Dundee University in 1992 and worked in many ophthalmology posts in various hospitals throughout the UK. He worked as an ophthalmological consultant in Cardiff, Glasgow and Ayrshire and is also an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons.


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Mr. Dimitri Kazakos

Mr Dimitri Kazakos is an exceptional ophthalmologist with a particular interest in cataract and refractive surgery. He is at the forefront of the latest and most advanced laser eye surgery and has performed over 11,000 laser procedures to date including Wavefront, Lasik and Lasek.

He also is vastly experience in Intra Ocular surgery having carried out over 4000 of these procedures including refractive lens exchange and Implantable contact lenses.

Mr Dimitri Kazakos is Greek and graduated from the Marmara University of Istanbul in 1997 before relocating to the UK to begin his medical career. His first Ophthalmology post was at the Oxford Eye Hospital where after a successful post there he went on to to gain vast experience at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, The Essex County Hospital in Colchester, The Ipswich General Hospital, The Bristol Eye Hospital and The Southampton Eye Unit. This experience and training led to him gaining his Fellowship in Corneal and External Eye Diseases.

He then returned to his native Greece where he gained his Refractive Fellowship at the University of Crete with the world renowned Prof. Pallikaris, the inventor of LASIK.


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Mr. Erik De Koning

Mr Erik De Koning is a specialist laser eye surgeon and has performed over 28,000 procedures including both Lasik and Lasek treatment.

Mr Koning is assessed on an annual basis by the International Medical Advisory Board (IMAB) and attends their specialist conferences twice yearly. He is a regular on the lecture circuit both as speaker and delegate helping further his knowledge in the field of refractive surgery.

Mr Erik De Koning began his Ophthalmology career in 1983 after graduating from The University of Utrecht and completing his necessary postgraduate qualifications. He has worked within private laser eye surgery clinics gaining experience in all the different disciplines of refractive surgery. Working in the private sector has helped develop his understanding of the requirements and expectations of laser eye surgery patients.


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Dr. Jan Venter

Dr. Jan Venter is a world leader in laser eye surgery having carried out in excess of 60,000 procedures including Lasik, epi-Lasik, Implantable Contact lenses and Refractive lens exchange. He is also clinical director of the International Medical Advisory Board (IMAB) and is a member of the British Society of Refractive Surgery and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Jan Venter grew up in South Africa and following graduation from the Pretoria University in 1973, he progressed to become the professor of the Ophthalmology department at the University of Stellenbosch. In 1993 he introduced the Excimer laser to South Africa giving him the reputation as a pioneer in laser eye surgery. His fantastic work continued which saw him achieve the highest honour that the South African Ophthalmological Society can give, the DJ Wood Medal.

Dr. Jan Venter has published over 100 academic papers and is a regular on the lecturing circuit due to his vast knowledge and experience in laser eye surgery.


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Mrs. Joanna McGraw

Mrs Joanna McGraw is an experienced and highly skilled laser eye surgeon who has completed in excess of 18,000 laser eye surgery procedures including both Lasik and Lasek. Mrs Joanna McGraw has also undergone specialist refractive surgery training and is an extremely competent laser eye surgeon. Mrs Joanna McGraw regularly attends International Medical Advisory Board (IMAB) conferences and is assessed by this prestigious board on an annual basis.

Mrs Joanna McGraw achieved her medical degree from the University of Cape Town in South Africa and in 1985 went on to specialise as an ophthalmic surgeon gaining this qualification from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

Mrs Joanna McGraw has been performing refractive surgery since 1994 and has successfully run her own private clinic. She has worked extensively throughout the UK and the rest of the world, gaining a reputation as an exceptional refractive surgeon.


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Mr. Jonathan Carr

Mr Jonathan Carr is a highly qualified ophthalmic surgeon who specialises in laser eye surgery. He has 13 years' experience in the refractive surgery field and during this time he has performed over 20,000 Lasik and over 5000 Lasek procedures.

Mr Jonathan Carr was previously the Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Emory University School of Medicine and a LASIK surgeon at InView, the world renowned refractive surgery clinic in the USA.

Mr Jonathan Carr is well known in academic circles and has given over 60 refractive surgery presentations many of which at very well regarded academic meetings throughout the world. He has also contributed to 7 acclaimed refractive surgery text books.


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Mr. Khalid Khan

Mr Khalid Khan has vast experience having already carried out over 50,000 laser eye surgery procedures. He is a refractive surgeon for Optical Express and is a well-regarded consultant for the NHS. He has a vast knowledge base in ophthalmology and has undergone extensive specialist training in refractive surgery. He is assessed every year by the International Medical Advisory Board (IMAB) as part of Optical Express’ continuing assessment process.

Mr Khalid Khan achieved his medical degree at the University of Newcastle medical school in 1982 and continued his ophthalmological career in the West Yorkshire area. Following a medical post in Bournemouth, Mr Khalid Khan then continued his training at the Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield gaining the title of Registrar in Ophthalmology. During his time at Sheffield, such was his development in Ophthalmology, he gained his Fellowship from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

In 1989, Mr Khan then moved to Saudi Arabia where he became a Consultant Ophthalmologist at The Jeddah Eye Hospital. During his post here, he spent much time in a teaching role passing on his vast knowledge to up and coming ophthalmologists.


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Mr. Manek Patel

Mr Manek Patel is one the most experienced refractive surgeons having carried out over 30,000 laser eye surgery procedures to date.

Mr Manek Patel qualified as a doctor in 1967 from the Grant Medical College in Bombay, India. He graduated as an ophthalmologist in 1972, after which time he moved to London, achieving member status of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in 1973. Mr Manek Patel furthered his experience working in some of the finest hospitals in London; namely Moorfield’s, UCL and St George’s. Mr Patel also worked as a consultant at The Royal Surrey County Hospital, The Sutton General Hospital and The Epsom General Hospital. During his time here, he performed many intra ocular surgery procedures and cataract operations.

Mr Patel’s excellence saw him accredited by the Royal College of Ophthalmology in refractive surgery. His vast experience has seen him involved in the training of junior ophthalmic surgeons in Lasik where he has passed on his great knowledge.


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Mr. Mr Faqir A Qazi

Mr Faqir A Qazi is from Pakistan and graduated from the Khyber Medical College, Peshawar in 1985. Mr Faqir A Qazi then moved to Ireland where he completed his basic Ophthalmological training at Waterford Regional Hospitals and Cork University. In 1994 he obtained his MRCOphth and FRCS (Ophthalmology) from the Royal College of Surgeons in Glasgow and Royal College of Ophthalmologists in London.

He then continued to work in Ireland as a senior registrar until 1999 when he decided to further his medical career in Canada. During his time in Canada he gained status as a clinical ophthalmic fellow at the University of Toronto in Ontario. Mr Faqir A Qazi then moved back to England and worked successfully as a NHS consultant gaining valuable experience in the process.

As of 2004 Mr Qazi has been on the specialist register for Ophthalmology with the general medical council. He is a very experienced refractive surgeon and has performed in excess of 13,000 refractive procedures which include; Intralase Lasik, standard Lasik, Lasek, Conductive Keratoplasty (CK), Cataract surgery and IOL Implants.


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Mr. Rodney Blumenfeld

Mr Rodney Blumenfeld has already carried out over 22,000 laser eye surgery procedures many of which have been with one of the most advanced refractive surgery lasers in the world, the VISX S4IR.

Mr Rodney Blumenfeld is from South Africa and graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 1995 and proceeded to a registrar post at Africa’s biggest eye hospital, St John Eye Hospital in Johannesburg. During his time here he completed 5 years specialising in Ophthalmology gaining a wealth of experience and knowledge in various different areas including both cataract and glaucoma surgery.

Mr Rodney Blumenfeld's UK ophthalmology experience includes time spent working in the Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Western Eye Hospital, Kent County Eye and Ear Hospital and the Royal Victoria Infirmary. As well as this he has completed the well regarded advanced LASIK course at the world renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital.


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Mr. Sanjay Mantry

Mr Sanjay Mantry is a fully trained Ophthalmologist who is registered with the General Medical Council (GMC). His career as a laser eye surgeon has seen him perform over 5,500 procedures including both Lasik and Lasik. He is an active member of many professional bodies and regularly attends conferences to ensure he is abreast of the latest developments in the field of laser eye surgery. He is assessed annually by the International Medical Advisory Board (IMAB) and he has given many presentations in conferences around the world.

Mr Sanjay Mantry’s medical career began in Glasgow where he was consultant Ophthalmologist at the Tennent Institute of Ophthalmology in Glasgow's Gartnavel General Hospital. By 2004 he completed his higher specialist training programme (HST) in the West Midlands. He then progressed to the Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre where he further developed his vast surgical experience, becoming Specialist Registrar.


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Mr. Shahriar Nabili

Mr Shahriar Nabili is a fully trained ophthalmologist and has undergone specialist training in the field of refractive surgery. He in an active member of many professional bodies and has a keen interest in research.

Mr Shahriar Nabili graduated from Glasgow University in 1997 gaining his medical degree. He completed his basic and higher training at the West Coast of Scotland hospitals and continued his education at the Tennent Institute of Ophthalmology, Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow. He currently holds the position of consultant Ophthalmologist at the Lanarkshire hospital.


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Mr. Stefan Klopper

Mr Stefan Klopper is a well experienced refractive surgeon with over 29,000 laser eye surgeries to his name. He is competent in all types of refractive surgery including Lasek, Lasik and customVue Wavefront. Mr Stefan Klopper is an active member of many professional and academic bodies and is assessed annually by the International Medical Advisory Board (IMAB).

Mr Stefan Klopper is South African and attained his medical degree at the Grootte Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. Having trained as a general practitioner Mr Stefan Klopper decided to specialise in ophthalmic surgery qualifying as an eye surgeon in 1990. He regularly attends conferences for laser eye surgery ensuring he is fully up to date with this ever changing medical field.


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Mr. Steve Schallhorn

Mr Steve Schallhorn is regarded by his peers as a laser eye surgery expert and this is due to his vast experience in the field. His expertise is such that he is a laser eye surgery instructor in the United States.

In 2007, Mr Steve Schallhorn retired from the U.S Navy where he was director of the refractive surgery centre. He was the first surgeon in the U.S Department of defence to perform Lasik and implantable contact lens surgery.

Mr Steve Schallhorn has been a prolific writer of medical papers and has had in excess of 200 published. He is also the author of numerous academic journals. He lectures regularly and is a visiting professor of medicine at Harvard, USC, UCSF and Baylor universities in the USA.


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Mr. Tom Materman

Mr Tom Materman is an extremely experienced and highly skilled refractive surgeon who has completed in excess of 14,000 laser eye surgery procedures. As well as his vast general ophthalmology knowledge he has also undergone specialist refractive surgery training. Mr Materman regularly attends International Medical Advisory Board (IMAB) conferences and is assessed by this prestigious board every year.

Tom Materman is from New Zealand and after gaining his medical degree he went on to pass the primary Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists exams in 1996. In 2003, Mr Tom Materman completed the RANZCO fellowship exams and accepted a fellowship post at the West of England Eye Unit in Exeter gaining valuable experience in the process.

In 2005 and 2006 Mr Materman was fortunate to have a 12 month fellowship working with some of the world's most renowned refractive surgeons, where he gained valuable skills in the field of refractive surgery and Implantable contact lenses.


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Mr. Waseem Aziz

Mr Waseem Aziz has performed over 37,000 laser eye surgery procedures in both Lasik and Lasek. Such experience is vitally important and means his standard of surgery is extremely high. Mr Waseem Aziz is a fully trained ophthalmologist and has combined this with additional laser eye surgery training. He is an enthusiastic member of various refractive surgery affiliated bodies and is annually assessed by the International Medical Advisory Board (IMAB) meaning his standards of surgery are continually assessed.

Mr Waseem Aziz graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 1993 and subsequently worked in various hospitals around the country experiencing all aspects of eye care and general surgery. Mr Waseem Aziz became an Honorary Research Fellow at Manchester Royal Infirmary and also at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital in the Ophthalmology Dept.

Mr Waseem Aziz has given various laser eye surgery presentations around the world and regularly attends conferences, helping him keep abreast of the ever evolving field of laser eye surgery.


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