Hi Sasha, many thanks for your help and support! I could not do it without you!
Following your advice and emails sent to Optical Express, I have been contacted by them and advised that even though I 'apparently' cancelled too late, they are willing to give me my refund and I got the money back!
Many thanks for what you are doing here for all of us!
UPDATE 24 July:
The day after posting here the manager phoned Amanda and informed her that she would receive a full refund
She wrote: 'Thank you for your help so far and keep up the good work. I will 100% not be getting eye surgery after reading your forum. I’m so annoyed with myself that I put my trust in these people and didn’t look further.'
Please can you help me. Optical Express are refusing to refund me my full deposit as I cancelled out with the 3 day cooling off period.
I had my first appointment to see if I was eligible for the surgery (which I was). On the same day they tried to give me a surgery appointment and told me that they only had 2 dates available and I would need to book quick if I wanted to get them procedure done before my wedding in November. After 2 days they phoned me and asked if I wanted to book one of the dates. Me being me agreed and paid the £500 deposit. At that point I advised that I wanted to finance it and also that I was going into hospital in 2 days time. I was told by the MANAGER of the store to contact them within 7 days to arrange finance. Why did she not do it there and then? Cause she knew fine what she was doing.
(The MANAGER was in the year above me at school so felt I could trust her!!)
When I got out of hospital I phoned a few days later which would have been just over 7 days after I booked and paid the deposit. Unfortunately my finance was declined and I asked to cancel my booking. I was told by the MANAGER that’s not a problem and she would email head office.
I have today received a phone call from head office to say they are only going to refund me £250 as it’s out of the 3 days cooling off. However my actual appointment wasn’t until September and I have had no other appointments so why are they keeping £250 for what was a free consultation?
I am so angry and upset that they take people’s money they way they do and don’t even mention anything about it while trying to persuade you to book. It’s appalling.
I phoned the MANAGER of the store back and let rip. Told her how I thought her customer service was absolutely appalling and she should be ashamed of herself. She even said “Oh I didn’t know they did that I thought you got a refund” actually comical. She said she would phone her head office to get me a full refund but I’m not holding my breath.
Any advise on what to do next would be much appreciated.
After receiving an enormous amount of help from Sasha I emailed Stephan Hannan at 09:30 on 8th July 2021
At 11:00 on the SAME DAY I received a phone call from a Refund Administrator informing me that my complaint had been referred to him he will be handling my refund. He went on to say that as a gesture of goodwill my refund of £400 will be processed and I should receive the funds within 3 - 5 working days - I just needed to confirm my account details. I did so over the phone and asked him to send me written confirmation of what he has told me.
I really need your help as I am in tears as I write this to you.
I had a free consultation with optical express in White City, London on 26th January 2021. I was advised that I qualify for Lasik laser. They advised me I can secure a date with a deposit of £400. I did not commit on that day but told them I was going to think about it and they should give me a call the next day. I received the call and they went through everything, paid the deposit over the phone. I then had my clinician discussion on the 25th February where I was advised I am able to cancel the surgery and get back my deposit as long as I don't cancel 3 days or less before the date of the surgery. I did some research on Optical express and after reading some of the reviews I was no longer confident in my decision of doing this and on top of that I have recently lost my job.
I called Optical express on 13th June 2021 to tell them I would like to cancel my surgery.They went ahead and cancelled it without informing me of this policy they have where I can only cancel 3 days after booking/paying my deposit. The date of my surgery is 26th July 2021 which is about a month away. I was informed I could cancel up until 3 days before the surgery and get my full refund. They advised me over the phone that I am not entitled to any money back and said they will take this up with HR. Reading some of the posts here I can see where this is going to go where they will refuse me my refund. Please advise me on what the next steps I should take to get my money back.
Just a quick update.
Another win for Sasha!!
After two emails sent with the help of Sasha, I received my full £500 back within a week. Not the 28 working days they tell you. Thank you Sasha once again.
See below proof.
Dear Mr Kowalik,
I am writing to confirm that your £500.00 refund has been processed on 25th May 2021. The funds will show in your account within the next 3-5 working days, depending on your banking provider. Please see attached copy
If we can be of further assistance do not hesitate to contact Optical Express.
Refund Administrator I Customer Care Department
I was considering laser eye surgery, so I decided to go for a free consultation with Optical Express in Kingston upon Thames on the 6th February 2021.
I qualified for a LASIK procedure and was very excited. I booked a possible surgery date and paid a deposit of £400 to keep the date. At no point during my meeting was I made aware of any cancellation policy and was told I can cancel it no problem and will get my deposit back. Well, that did not happen...
Three days later on 9th February, I got a brief call from someone in Scotland asking if I had any questions and checking if I still want to proceed with the surgery. At this point I still wanted, but then I called them to check which surgeon was scheduled to operate, so I can research. I found out it's going to be Dr Marwan Ghabra, however, I could not see any reviews for this surgeon on the Optical Express website, and I read a lot of bad reviews about Optical Express so I got unsure if I still want to progress and cancelled the surgery.
I called the Kingston branch directly to cancel on 16th February and said I was cancelling because I couldn't afford the surgery, I didn't want to tell them the real reasons. I was told that they will send my request to the Head Office.
After three months of chasing for a reply, I only just got a letter from the Head Office advising that my deposit is not going to be refunded because I cancelled too late.
Had I known this at the point when I was making the deposit payment I would have not agreed to that. But I do not remember signing anything after receiving eye drops and could not have seen to read if I did. I do remember that at the very beginning they ask me to fill out an online questionnaire and I then had to sign it. So the signature they sent might be from the signing of the online questionnaire.
Can you help get my money back?
_______________________ admin: They should have explained the cancellation policy AND told you who your surgeon was BEFORE you paid your deposit. But of course if they did this, too many people would not go ahead with surgery, and/or not leave deposits.
Optical Express make a huge amount of money by refusing to refund deposits when surgery is cancelled - even when the customer hasn't yet spoken with the surgeon.
NB: The GOC are currently investigating a number of complaints about this company and I woud like to add yours to the list, if you please remind me when we speak
Great news. Optical Express has today fully refunded my £7,700
I had a call from OE customer services on Monday 24th May (head office in Glasgow). They had obviously read my post on this site. After confirming the details of the case he confirmed that paying on "Friday 14th and cancelling on Monday 17th was 3 days in his book". I nearly fell off my chair as I was getting ready to argue my case but he confirmed that I was entitled to a full refund.
Furthermore, he said the local store was wrong and he'd be advising them and the surgery team that they should 've offered the full refund. He did say that it could take up to 28 days to process the refund but I was pleasantly surprised when they called this morning to process the full amount to my card. Fingers crossed that this lands in my account in the next 3-5 working days.
Thanks Sasha, was great to talk you and keep up the great work in getting people more aware of problems with eye surgery.
Thank you OE for correcting your 'mistake' and refunding the money so promptly!
My wife had appointment on 12 May and I had appointment on 14th at Optical Express Lakeside and were given a pack on the 12th but didn't really look at this as we knew we were going back on the 14th. We weren’t told the names of our surgeons.
I paid a deposit for my wife and myself for Lens Replacement surgery on Friday 14th May and then after discussion with rest of our family (who had more experience of RLE outcomes) decided we needed to do more research and came across your site (and saw many poor reviews on other sites as well) so decided we hadn't done enough research on OE and the procedure overall. We decided to cancel on the Monday - 17th May. T&C's were not discussed during the appointment especially any cancellation rights and stupidly I didn't think to ask.
The sales person was new Nichola @ Lakeside and she left the consultation 4-5 times to consult with her manager as she didn't know the answers to our questions.
For some reason I thought I had 14 days as cooling off period but they've only offered to refund 50% of the deposit (£500 of £1000). Plus I paid the total upfront for my wife’s surgery as they booked her in for 26th May and said they required full payment of £6,800.
They agreed to refund £7,200 of the total £7,700 I paid within 28 days.
They asked if I was happy with that and I said no but they made me believe I had no choice as she had already consulted with the surgical team. Do I have a case to get all of the remaining money back?