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Direct Debit Fraud/Refund? 05 Aug 2014 21:46 #371

  • KIS
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How many people have had an "accidental" extra month DD payment taken from their account?

It happen every few months... with 30 days for the refund to be returned or
"We will just credit your account with a free pair of contact lenses for the next month".

Has this happened to anyone else?

Decided Against Surgery! 05 Aug 2014 16:18 #372

  • Samrina Jafar
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I have had confirmation this morning that I will be getting my refund back - the lady that called was very helpful and understanding.

Decided Against Surgery! 05 Aug 2014 07:03 #373

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It appears like I am in a similiar situation in getting my refund back!

I have contacted Optical Express on numerous occasions and have always been promised a phone call back but never had one.

I paid a deposit of £400.00 and now want my money back for various reasons, including poor customer service, lack of information about surgery etc.

If I do not hear back from them soon I will pursue legal advice.

Refund received 03 Aug 2014 12:10 #374

  • Janine O'Reilly
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A few days after posting on this forum I got a missed call followed by an email to contact Terri at my convenience. I phoned but she had already left so they said they would leave a message for her to call next day.

Again I missed the call, received another email to call, phoned Terri who took my card details and said the refund would be in my bank account in 3-5 days.

I'm very happy and relieved. If it wasn't for Sasha I wouldn't have got my money back. Thank you for all your help.
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Refund refused! 30 Jul 2014 23:52 #375

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So you were advised to undergo a surgical procedure to induce monovision without a contact lens trial first! That is seriously concerning.Thank goodness the surgeon was paying attention. You are not the first, see Sybil's story and the consequences. Yet, here we are with this still happening years down the line. This must have been disappointing and bewildering for you but thank goodness surgery did not go ahead.

Hard to have any confidence after this episode and the "someone will phone" but NOBODY phones scenario is symptomatic of the fragmented model of care which is Optical Express.

Also, this signing of a contract/paperwork with dilated pupils is arguably like signing a consent form AFTER having been given a "pre- med".

I am sure Sasha can help you receive a refund.

Refund refused! 30 Jul 2014 20:10 #376

  • Jane Harrison
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I had a consultation at Meadowhall, Sheffield on 23rd June. The refractive optometrist Junaid Manir recommended I have one eye lasered, telling me that I would then have one brilliant long distance vision eye and one brilliant short distance vision eye (mono vision). And that my brain would chose which eye was the dominant eye. It sounded absolutely perfect.

I had dilating drops applied before booking the surgery. Then I was told I couldn't book without a £400 deposit. I was not shown any paperwork. I was not told it was non-refundable.

One month later, on 21st July, I went for my surgery. The surgeon Mr Erik De Koning asked me if I had worn a contact lens in the eye being lasered. I said no. He asked how then could I know if my brain can make the switch between dominant eyes and told me 95% of people can but 5% can't, and I might be one of the 5%.

I said this was completely new information to me. He said I should have been told this at my consultation. I was very grateful that the surgeon was so honest and open with me and found him completely professional.

He refused to operate that day and told me to try a contact lens first. I was told Meadowhall would phone me "within two or three days" for an appt to teach me how to put in the contact lens.

Nobody phoned me. This added to my concerns about Optical Express's professionalism.

On Saturday 26th July I phoned to cancel and get my deposit back. Amanda said someone would phone me on Monday 28th July. No one phoned.

I phoned Optical Express again on Tuesday 29th July. Again explained I wanted to cancel because of my concerns about how unprofessional they were.

Nicola phoned me today and said because I'd backed out, not them, they would not refund my deposit. I pointed out that I had backed out because of their shoddy service.

I would be most grateful if you could advise me on how to get my money back.

Many many thanks,

Jane
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Refractive Lens Exchange 23 Jul 2014 19:06 #377

  • Janine O'Reilly
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I went to have a consultation at the Peterborough branch on the 20th May, excited at the prospect of having no glasses to wear after listening to sales assistant and optometrist saying how good it was. They told me I needed RLE for both eyes and it 'd cost just under £4000. I gave £500 deposit and signed the agreement, which I couldn't see!

Then after a week or so I started to have doubts and I stumbled across this website. I phoned OE on 7 June to cancel and asked for a refund, but was told I could not have it. The woman I spoke to quoted the 72 hour cancellation policy, which was never explained to me before and as I couldn't see the agreement I signed I knew nothing about it! She said she'd send me a link to explain the RLE procedure and stop me worrying about it.

After reading this I said I still did not want to go ahead and wanted a refund. She then said she'd get one of the surgeons to call me to put my mind at rest. I declined her offer saying It would not make any difference to my decision. Basically she said I could not have my deposit back.

£500 is a lot of money to anyone, and I realise I should have thought about it more, but the sales assistant and the optometrist convinced me there were no problems I needed to worry about and put a lot of pressure on me to sign up there and then.

They lied to me and I want my money back!

Decided Against Surgery! 20 Jul 2014 16:30 #378

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I have just had the most horrid experience with Optical Express.

I had a three hour consultation at the Westfield, London clinic three weeks ago. Their so called professional experts told me that I was suitable for the laser surgery and took my money. I turned up at the Harley Street clinic as scheduled on Fri. After more than an hour wait, the surgeon just told me that he couldn't perform the surgery because I was not suitable for the laser treatment. And I have to wait 28 working days to get my money back. This is the most disastrous experience I've ever had in this country. The service they provide is extremely poor for the reasons below:

1. Misleading and wrong information given at the consultation at the Westfield Clinic:
Here I had a three hour consultation with Refractive 'Technician' Andra Ciucos, and Refractive Optometrist Elizabeth Vourazeri.

They did all the scans and eye tests, and told me that I was suitable for Lasek iDesign treatment. Elizabeth explained that the reason for recommending this treatment was because of my high short sighted vision.

I seriously doubt if they are qualified to carry out this type of consultation! During the whole consultation, they didn't show me a Laser Eye surgery Consent Video as mentioned in their T&Cs

2. Poor customer service at the Harley Street Clinic:
When I arrived on Fri as scheduled. As soon as I got there, I was taken to a room for the same scans I'd had during my consultation. They took about 10 minutes, then I was told to wait to speak to the surgeon.

I waited for more than 1 hour, but nothing happened. I had to ask the receptionist how much longer I needed to wait but all she told me was again to wait. After another 15 minutes my name was finally called to see the surgeon, Dr Manek Patel, who told me that he couldn't perform the surgery because I wasn't suitable. No explanation , instead, he recommended me to do have Lens implants. I asked him to explain this treatment to me, but he told me to wait and someone else would give me more details. I was rushed out of the surgeon's room after only two minutes of being there.

Their service is even worse then NHS! Such a long wait, no explanations from the surgeon, no information to update me while I was waiting. Nobody explaining the lens implants, instead another leaflet was given to me and I was told to book another consultation.

3. Their refund process is in breach of Consumer Rights
During my consultation at the Westfield clinic I was asked for a £700 deposit, and a 10 months finance agreement with Hitachi instalment was set up for me. No refund policy was explained to me at all - and I only agreed to pay because I was told that I was suitable for laser surgery.

After Dr Patel told me that I couldn't have this surgery, nobody came to explain to about the refund policy until I again asked the receptionist. Then a woman, (I didn't get her name, but guess she is the clinic manager) and Alex told me that I have to wait 28 working days to get my money refunded.

28 working days is a ridiculous amount of time to wait for a refund of payment for something I've never received. I have already consulted my solicitor who told me that I shouldn't have been charged in the first place for the treatment they falsely promised and failed to deliver!

My boyfriend is an IT contractor and paid on a daily rate. He took a half day off because of this surgery, so he's lost a half day's income, in addition to my three weeks of anticipation, preparation and taking an extra day from work, because of their incompetent consultation process.

Optical Express - Big AVOID!!!

Optical Express Ruined My Life Forum 10 Jul 2014 10:52 #379

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After considering surgery and being treated appallingly by Coventry and Nottingham I decided not to proceed and have now been waiting 21 days for my refund of £3995, I have attempted to contact them and funnily they are not answering....yet they consistently badgered me when I was thinking about it!!!!
Anyone else having problems????? :blush:
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Deposit refunded! 03 Jul 2014 15:37 #380

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Hi Sasha! They agreed to pay. They took my details, said that the cash has left them but should arrive in my account within the next couple of days.

You really are amazing. Thank you so much.

I left a small donation on Fundrazr for you.

Take care! (sorry we couldn't take it to small claims court!)
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admin: A few hours after posting below, Samantha received an email from OE's Customer Services Team Leader Kim Crosgray, who wrote: "Our Clinical Services Director has reviewed your clinical file and confirmed that you are clinically suitable for Laser Eye Surgery...

I can arrange for a Senior Optometrist to contact you and discuss the Lasek procedure in more detail and attempt to re-store your faith in the service we provide...

Alternatively should you wish to proceed with the cancellation, your deposit can be used as store credit or can be provided in gift vouchers to use at your leisure.
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Samantha replied:
"No thank you, I made it clear to your sales people from the outset that I did not want Lasek and paid a deposit for Lasik only.

I want my deposit refunded to my account within 24hrs and if this is not actioned I will contact Trading Standards and seek legal action via the small claims court.

Please note that I have contacted My Beautiful Eyes and Sasha Rodoy has agreed to represent me should this become necessary.

I look forward to hearing from you by return
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NB: Optometrist Stephen Hannan is OE's Clinical Services Director and he is NOT a surgeon!

Complaints have recently been made to the General Optical Council concerning some of wee Stephen's actions which exceed his qualifications, including prescribing controlled medicines.
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