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What happens next

You do not need a GP or optician referral to be seen by an ophthalmologist privately.
Appointments can be made directly with us on  0800 8202080 at any time.

Step one

If you have a private medical insurance policy, your treatment may be covered in part or in full. Different insurers and different policies provide varying levels of financial support for treatment. We recommend you contact your insurer prior to attending hospital to check the level of cover offered. If an insurer does provide support, they will often ask for a treatment code (for example the code for cataract surgery is C7122).

Step two

Laser Vision Scotland does not need you to provide a GP or optician referral prior to attending. However many of our patients are referred by a local health care professional. In this situation a referral letter is usually sent in advance and will be in your file before you attend.

If you are referring yourself, call our appointments team on 0131 654 5611 and request an appointment with your preferred specialist at a convenient time. You will be asked to provide credit card details. Payment will not be taken from this card but you may be charged in the event of missing an appointment without giving notice.

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Step three

If you are contemplating having cataract surgery, vision correction lens surgery or laser eye surgery, we will need to perform some measurements of your eyes using extremely sensitive equipment. In order that these tests give us accurate information, and to ensure good results, it is important that you have a minimum one-week complete break from contact lens wear prior to attending.

Contact lens guide:

  • Soft lenses: 1 week
  • Soft Toric or Extended Wear: 10 days
  • Gas permeable lenses: 2 weeks

Step four

Your initial appointment and assessment is all about getting to know you, your situation and your hopes and expectations. This can take up to two hours. You need not feel at all anxious about coming to our hospital.

All our tests are painless and non-invasive, and you not under any obligation at any stage to undergo treatment. We will never ask you to make a deposit committing you to treatment.

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Step five

By the end of your consultation with our eye surgeon, you will understand your treatment options and will have chosen dates for treatment, or will have asked for some time to think about whether you wish to proceed or not.

You will be provided with our written contact details and a consent information sheet, which you are asked to look through in your own time to make sure you understand the risks as well as the benefits of treatment.