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Optimax Clinics Limited
HeadquartersBirmingham, West Midlands
Area served
United Kingdom
Key people
Beata McManus (CEO)

Optimax is a UK-based laser eye treatment specialist which has 23 locations nationwide. Optimax was established as one of the first private clinics to offer laser eye surgery.[1]

Laser eye surgery in the UK is dominated by three main companies Optical Express, Ultralase and Optimax which, in total, account for approximately 6% of clinics in the UK.[2]


Optimax was founded by Russell Ambrose in 1991 and he became the very first patient to receive treatment at Optimax.[3] Eleven years later, in 2002, Optimax performed their 100,000th laser eye surgery procedure.[4]

Nowadays, Optimax operates optical care clinics throughout the UK and has used laser eye surgery to correct the minor visual impairments of around 350,000 patients.[5]

Optimax were the first company to introduce Femtosecond laser, IntraLASIK and Schwind lasers.[6]

In April 2014 a complaint by Optical Express that the company had funded a protest website critical of Optical Express was dismissed by Nominet.[7]


  1. ^ "Eye Surgery Compare - Optimax Laser Eye Surgery". eyesurgerycompare.co.uk. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Eye Health Problems and Eye Health Care Features from Optician Online - Ten years of trends in UK refractive surgery". opticianonline.net. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Entrepreneur saw the light with lasers - Times Online". thetimes.co.uk. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  4. ^ "Eye Surgery Compare - Optimax Laser Eye Surgery". eyesurgerycompare.co.uk. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  5. ^ "A History of Optimax – What Do They Offer?". businessandhealth.com. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Compare for Optical Express, Ultralase, Optimax. What Lasik clinic should I choose in UK?". lasikreviews.co.uk. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  7. ^ Daniel Boffey (5 April 2014). "Optical Express loses bid to close laser eye surgery critic's website". www.theguardian.com. Guardian News and Media Limited.

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