Russell Ambrose's Biography

Optimax's 1st Laser Eye Surgery Patient & Founder

Back in 1991 laser eye surgery was still in its infancy. Understandably, there was much scepticism and many had reservations about it.

Our founder, Russell Ambrose, decided to 'put his money where his eyes are' and become his own patient. As Optimax's first patient Russell hasn't worn glasses or contact lenses since.

His insistence on the highest standards when selecting medical staff and technology, while making treatment affordable has made Optimax the natural choice for Laser Eye Surgery in the UK.

Russell Ambrose, Founder of Optimax Laser Eye Surgery Specialists

Russell's Story

I wore glasses from the age of nine and hated them. At 19 I tried contact lenses but was never comfortable with them either so, when disposable lenses were introduced, I found them much better. However, they were expensive and I often got sore eyes and were a big nuisance. I investigated the Russian ship style operation but having knives cutting into my eye did not appeal.

Then in September 1989 I heard about laser eye surgery and my ears pricked up. My investigations led me to believe it was a great procedure but unfortunately it was not available commercially. When I did find someone who could perform the procedure, the cost was £2,500 per eye and was located 200 miles away from where I lived.

I immediately thought that if the operation was made affordable and in the South of England it would be a commercial success. Within a few weeks I had formulated my plans and ordered a laser!

It was only a matter of weeks after coming up with the idea that I opened my first clinic, with myself as the first patient! I have not worn glasses since 1991 and during this time Optimax has performed over 380,000 treatments. There are now 24 specialist laser eye clinics nationwide and Optimax has established itself as the market leader in the field of corrective eye surgery.

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 our 100,000th treatment performed!

If you have any questions or would like more information about Laser Eye Surgery please call now on 0800 093 1110.