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Deposit refund success! 09 Apr 2021 14:13 #1

  • Angela Owens
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Received refund from Optical Express without any hassle thanks the help and support Sasha provided , without whch this may not have been achievable.
Thank you so much Sasha, you truly are amazing and I have avoided making the biggest mistake of my life.
Thankfully I am keeping the currently not so bad lenses I was given at birth and avoided potential damage to my very precious eyesight!

Deposit Refunded! 08 Apr 2021 17:03 #2

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Hi Sasha! Thank you very much for all your help with the deposit and for addressing OE's misleading numbers on Kazmi's satisfied patients! I got my full deposit back within a week of contacting you, thank you. No questions were asked, even though I was ready to argue my case. Keep up the good work! I'll be following your progress.

Half my deposit kept! 31 Mar 2021 18:17 #3

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We had a first appointment at the Optical Express St Albans branch on Sept 7th 2020 at 9.40am. The appointment was for my girlfriend Agnieszka (Aga).

We were seen by two 'technicians', Sandra Martin & Pardeep (she never gave her surname). Aga explained she was considering laser eye surgery to help her see things closer but both women told us this wasn't possible as Laser eye surgery only corrected short sightedness (for distance), and if she wanted treatment Aga would have to go for Lens Replacement surgery. That was nearly double the cost.

Aga then went to another room for her eyes to be tested by, I presume, an optometrist. After these tests were concluded, she was asked to sign an electronic screen to say she had been seen by the optometrist who confirmed she needed lens replacement, not laser surgery.

We were put back in the room with Sandra & Pardeep and the optometrist confirmed what she had told us and left. Sandra & Pardeep then tried to convince us how good the treatment was. Sandra had the treatment done herself with Optical Express and the dangers were minimal and not worth worrying about we were told. If there were any problems Optical Express would take care of her apparently.

We went away to think about it.

Thursday October 15th Aga decided she wanted to go ahead with the treatment, so I paid a £500 deposit over the phone to Sandra at around 5.00pm and booked an appointment with the surgeon for the following week.

Over the weekend I stumbled across a story on the internet about court cases involving Optical Express so we decided we would cancel the treatment with them.

The branch is closed on a Sunday so I called on Monday and left a message for Sandra to call me back. She didn't. I called again on Wednesday 21st Oct in the morning and again left a message for Sandra to call back. She didn't. I called again around 2.30pm that day and finally spoke to Sandra. I informed her we wanted to cancel the procedure.

She said 50% of our deposit would be repaid as per Optical Express terms and conditions of not cancelling the appointment within 3 days. I queried this and she said it says it in the pack they gave us to take away, and it's in the document Aga signed after her optometrist tests on the 7th of Sept. There was no mention of T&C on the screen she signed and obviously we weren't told this.

I asked Sandra if there was anything she could do as I had called but she never returned my call, and they are shut on a Sunday. She said she would see what she could do and call me back.

She didn't call back. I got back in touch with her, and she said she had spoken the head office, and everything should be fine. I got a text from Optical Express on 9th November saying the refund was ready to be processed with no mention of it only being 50%.

Meanwhile we went to get a 2nd opinion with a surgeon said he couldn't understand why Optical Express had advised Aga needed to have Lens Replacement. He said he wouldn't recommend that treatment for someone as young as Aga (she was 47 at the time) and she could have laser.

When the refund recahed my account I noticed that Optical Express had only refunded £250 of the £500 deposit. I complained to Sandra who now can't help so I escalate the complaint, and received a message to contact someone in the complaints dept.

We speak and she is insistent that the rest of my money will not be refunded and there was nothing she could do. I mentioned again that Sandra had said it would be fine, and pointed out the fact that they had recommended treatment that Aga didn't need, that I had called to cancel etc. She said she would speak to Sandra at the St Albans branch and get back to me. That was early December and all we've had since is an email asking us to be patient due to Covid!

I called Sandra again to confirm that she had told us that Aga couldn't have laser eye surgery. She did confirm this, and when I challenged her about why another clinic had effectively said that this was nonsense she hung up. I have this conversation recorded. She didn't know it was being recorded because she hung up before I had the chance to tell her.

I am not giving up on this and wondered if you can offer any advice?
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Surgery booked with Dr Dhanireddy 30 Mar 2021 15:46 #4

  • Angela Owens
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Have wanted lens replacement surgery for some time and as I have a big birthday on the horizon, thought what a nice present to myself.
Attended consultation at Optical Express Cardiff branch on 19th March 2021, had my iScan and was told I had cataracts, which surprised me as this had not been previously mentioned in previous optician appointments and my eye sight isn’t actually that bad.
I paid the £500 deposit and surgery was scheduled for 5th April at the Bristol store. I thought I had done my research but clearly not.
Liam from the Cardiff store contacted me on 23rd of March requesting remainder of payment, he used the excuse that he thought I needed finance but I had already told him during initial appointment at Cardiff that finance would not be needed. Final payment is required 7 days prior to surgery so alarm bells started to ring.
During my ‘experienced clinician’ phone call I asked the name of the surgeon who will be performing the procedure, this surely should of been available at time of booking.
When I googled Dr Sudheer Dhanireddy I was traumatised by events that happened at the Bristol store at beginning of March.
I tried to contact Cardiff store on several occasions and was eventually successful on Thursday 25th when I requested a call back so further questions could be asked. I wanted to ask about Mr Dhanireddy’s complication rate, how many extractions he had performed etc. I was told someone would contact me. Heard nothing, so again rang Cardiff store on Saturday and was told the same. By now my anxiety over this surgery was increasing, I rang customer services on Monday 29th and following the conversation have decided not to go ahead.
The whole journey has been a nightmare, why am I mucking with my eyesight when I don’t really need to. If you are paying thousands of pounds to have a surgical procedure surely meeting the surgeon or at least having a conversation with him is vital and a necessity for any patient contemplating would could be a negative life changing experience.
So glad I kept researching and found this forum, if you don’t need to then don’t. The risks involved were not thoroughly explained to me and I feel very poorly informed by Optical Express and I will be cancelling. Thank you Sasha for tirelessly working to enable people to make informed decisions, hopefully not to jeopardise their eyesight.
I am cancelling my surgery and expect I will have to fight for my deposit to be refunded. Please can you offer any advice as to the best way to go about this?
Thank you, Angela
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£5751 Payment Refund 19 Mar 2021 08:53 #5

  • Jason Hawen
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Hello, I'm booked in at Optical Express Southampton 20th March for multifocal lens replacement surgery.


After my consultation I raised my concerns regarding that I work nights and was worried about glares, halos and starbursts but was told that these were only temporary and would go as my eyes adjusted to the lenses. After researching the type of lenses and finding a lot of problems reported with them that do not go away I rang Optical Express numerous times but on each occasion I was told that they are not clinically trained and my surgeon would discuss this on the day. I have not had any conversations with my allocated surgeon Dr Dimitris Kazakos only a brief telephone conversation with someone from the clinical team. The fact that it takes Optical Express on average 15mins just to answer my calls has raised concerns about any aftercare issues I might have. But the biggest worry was at my consultation appointment the woman was struggling to work some of the machines to check my eyes and one machine she really didn't know if she had done it correct and asked a colleague to check and he just said it should be okay and that set off a few alarm bells. I paid £5751 and am worried about getting my money back when I cancel. Please can you help me. Thanks Jason
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admin: You have been lied to, because glare, haloes, etc... are common and permanent problems with multifocal lenses, as your research has already shown.
And there can be no argument that Dimitris Kazakos should not have agreed to operate on any patient without having spoken with them prior to the day of surgery.
This matter needs to be reported to both the GMC and GOC.
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Deposit for surgery with Muhammad Kazmi 17 Mar 2021 11:14 #6

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Hi Sasha 

I was hoping you could advise me about obtaining my deposit back from Optical Express. I paid my £500 deposit last week (10 March 2021).

I initially went to an appointment in Huddersfield on 6 March but was unsure about proceeding especially given the optometrist (Sobia) said I could not achieve 20/20 vision due to my prescription but I was a good candidate for surgery nethertheless as my eyes were healthy. I did sign something at the appointment but I was told this was just to say I was happy with the information I was given at the appointment following the eye checks. 

I then had a call from their sales team in Scotland (10 March 2021) asking what it would take for me to move forward. They offered me an appointment with the surgeon Dr Muhammad Kazmi prior to any surgery date to allay my concerns and was told if I didn't want to go ahead after this I could still get my deposit back no problem. I was advised to book the surgery immediately as this could always be cancelled or moved. Feeling pressured I thought I had nothng to lose as i could cancel after seeing the surgeon.

However since booking this appointment I googled Dr Muhammad Kazmi and found your website. With serious concerns after reading so many complaints about him (and Optical Express) and that he's being sued by his damaged patients I decided to cancel. But when I looked at the terms and conditions they say you are only entitled to a full deposit refund if cancellling within 3 days - this is not what I was told on the phone!

Your advice would be greatly appreciated.
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admin: You weren't fully informed before being chased into paying a deposit by their head office 'hunters' - and never would have been!

Fyi: www.theguardian.com/society/2014/sep/20/...cs-laser-eye-surgery

The optom, 'consultant' aka 'refractive technician', and store manager, all get a percentage of sales, and Sobia would no doubt recommend surgery to a child if she could get away with it! This needs to be reported to the GOC.

I'm interested to know what they had you sign as I suspect they're including these statements in their patient satisfaction results!

Meanwhile, you are entitled to a full refund of your deposit, no matter what their worthless T&Cs say!

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£395 Deposit - to be refunded 17 Mar 2021 10:26 #7

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Hi Sasha,

I received a email from OE yesterday Legal Dept' who said that the refund dept' will be in touch to process my refund.. Thank you so much for your help :-)

£500 Deposit 16 Mar 2021 10:33 #8

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Hi Sasha,

I went for a consultation at the OE Meadowhall branch in December, where they said I was a suitable candidate for surgery, but no tests were carried out to assess whether I had dry eyes. I was told that I have large pupils, so I was eligible for iDesign LASIK only (rather than the standard procedure), but I wasn’t told about any of the risks that come with having larger pupils. I booked the surgery in March which was scheduled for the 2nd of April with Dr Muhammad Kazmi and paid £500 deposit.

I have been having dry eyes occasionally in the past few months, but this worsened over the last month, therefore last week I spoke with my local optician who diagnosed me with dry eyes and advised me against having laser eye surgery. Additionally, my optician also told me about the increased risk of halos and night vision disturbances that comes with having large pupils following laser eye surgery, which I wasn’t informed of at the time of consultation with OE.

After finding out this information, I called OE and asked to speak with an optometrist to explain these concerns, so they booked a 'telemedicine' appointment on Saturday. The optometrist I spoke to advised me to postpone the surgery by one month and have an assessment two weeks prior to the surgery to see if my dry eyes have improved, although I was insisting that I just wanted my deposit back, and I would reassess whether I wanted surgery only if and when my dry eyes are fully healed.

He put me through to someone else to postpone the date of surgery and book the assessment (that I didn't want), however I told her that I just wanted to get my deposit back, and she said that she would email the finance department and I should get a call from them soon (which I haven’t received yet).

If you have any advice on what I can do now to get my deposit back it would be really helpful! I really appreciate the work you’re doing!
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My £1000 deposit refunded 06 Mar 2021 16:00 #9

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Hi Sasha.. just a quick update, full deposit £1090.00 was received to my bank account this morning... once again THANK YOU for your assistance with this. Chrissy m ❤️

My £1000 deposit refunded 05 Mar 2021 16:07 #10

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Hi Sasha.. thanks for all your help.. I received a text message yesterday.. saying I will have my refund within 3 days.. I am so grateful that your details were passed on to me 😘

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