Optimax celebrates 30 year anniversary of first laser treatment

28 April 2022

Author: Kate Green

30 years optimax

30 years of optical excellence


April 2022 marks 30 years since we performed our first laser eye surgery procedure at Optimax! You may not have heard, but our first patient was actually our founder and chairman, Russell Ambrose. He founded the company in response to the enthusiasm shown by London teaching hospitals about the amazing results of laser eye surgery. In fact, Optimax was one of the first private clinics to offer laser eye treatment, as well as being the first to introduce Intralase lasers for LASIK treatment.


Since Russell’s laser eye surgery in 1992, and subsequent lens surgery in 2015 for age-related sight changes, he’s never had to wear glasses or contact lenses.


Russell says, "The most remarkable thing about having laser eye surgery all those years ago is that I have actually forgotten I ever wore glasses... which I did for over 30 years! In fact, I often don't recognise myself in old photographs where I am wearing glasses.

Laser surgery has certainly changed my life. I've spent the last 30 years enthusiastically building the UK's leading laser eye specialist. When you see first-hand the reaction of patients after treatment it makes everything worthwhile. As I was the first patient at Optimax, it also gives our patients confidence in the procedure and the results!

It's been great fun building the Optimax family over the last 30 years. I’d like to thank all my loyal staff and grateful customers who have spread the word about our life changing vision correction treatments.

We regularly invest in new technology to ensure that we can provide the most modern and advanced types of treatment to our patients. With exciting plans to open many more Optimax clinics nationwide, I am certainly looking forward to the next 30 years!"


Russell's wife had treatment in 1993 and his son Simon Ambrose (Winner of BBC's The Apprentice) had LASEK treatment in April 2002, which coincided with Optimax’s 100,000th treatment performed! Since then, we have performed a further 650,000 procedures, providing clear, natural vision to patients all over the UK.


If you would like to hear more about the treatments we offer, you can read about them on our website:


Please give us a call on 0800 093 1110 or send an email to enquiry@optimax.co.uk if you would like to learn more.

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