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Reading 06 Apr 2014 15:03 #451

  • Alan
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I have just cancelled my RLE surgery at Reading. I paid £500 deposit with no quibble refund. My deposit was taken by Sean, another 'Sales counsellor', and Peter Sharma checked my eyes.

I went to my Harley Street for my consent appt. Well that was an eye opener! Production line or what? Let's just say I came away feeling they would give me any lens of the shelf.

So on Friday morning I phoned Sophie at Reading and explained I needed to speak to someone about my concerns, she said she would get Peter or Sean to call me.

No call Friday, even after leaving messages and nothing on Saturday.

I didn't want to risk going over the 72 hrs so due to my treatment at Harley Street and the lack of response from Reading I decided to cancel.

I have looked through all the T&Cs for OE and cannot see a 28 day turn around mentioned.

To any new patients of OE, be very careful it's all about money to them not your health

READING PROTEST 02 Apr 2014 19:18 #452

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I had a consultation at Optical Express in Reading on 22nd March 2014 and was considered suitable for LASIK procedure by the optometrist Peter Sharma. The sales counsellor Sophie Greenhalgh offered me a discounted price of £2,995 if I paid an immediate £400 deposit.

As I was unsure I asked Sophie would I receive a full refund if I decided not to proceed with the surgery, no questions asked. Her response was a definite "Yes". No mention of the 72 hours cancellation policy.

I paid £400 deposit on the Saturday to secure the discounted price and said I would call them with my decision the following week. The next day I fortunately read OE's terms and conditions, and the fact that Sophie had not mentioned the 72 cancellation policy gave me a bad feeling about OE and I decided to investigate. That is how I stumbled upon this forum.

On Monday 24th (well within 72 hours of making the booking) I called OE and informed them I was not going ahead with the surgery and requested a refund of my £400 deposit. I was told my request would be forwarded to the refunds team and they would contact me within 42 hours.

Sure enough I receive a call from Sophie on Tuesday 25th asking why I had cancelled the surgery. She informed me she would not be able to refund the money to my debit card as this was handled by the refunds team and it could take up to 28 days to process. She could not however give a reason for WHY it could take up to 28 days to process and advised I contact the head office.

Head office told me the reason for the 28 day turnaround is because the request has to go through various committees before a refund is processed.

Lol! What is there to be discussed? This is straight forward, I decided not to go ahead and cancelled within the 72 hours cancellation period.

Should my £400 deposit not be refunded by Friday 4th April I will be staging a protest outside Optical Express, 50 Broad Street, Reading on Monday 7th April, every day until I receive the refund.

I have leaflets from Optical Express Ruined My Life to distribute. The protest is legal and I have informed both Thames Valley Police and Reading Borough Council with details..

Should anyone want to join me at this protest please contact me via Sasha:
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Kind regards

Decided Against Surgery! 31 Mar 2014 15:47 #453

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Hi All,

I had a consultation at Harley Street in February and dived in head first without doing my research (foolish and something I don't often do) and booked my surgery for 18th April. Since then I did some research, read the waiver and decided against going through with treatment as my confidence in OE and the procedure has dropped somewhat.

During my consultation I told the 'sales rep' I was interested in surgery mainly because I play contact sports. I was recommended for Lasik and only told that I shouldn't play for up to 3 months after the op. However I've since read a fair amount of information online advising that after Lasik you should not play period, and that lasek is the better procedure for athletes.

Coupled with my larger than average pupil size I was annoyed to see that lasik could also lead to further complications which I wasn't told about.

I've tried to cancel over the phone once already but they just kept trying to talk me into having the operation and wanting to give me a call back (which unsurprisingly never came). The cancellation never actually gets anywhere, let alone even me broaching the subject of my deposit.

Either way lesson learned!

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I got my deposit back! 26 Mar 2014 11:25 #454


How do we contact Sasha.

With kind regards
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Decided Against Surgery! 25 Mar 2014 16:50 #455

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Hi all,
I have recently decided not to have my LASIK done with Optical Express after finding this site and they are refusing to refund me my deposit of £400, they will only give me vouchers or store credit :unsure:

They told me I only had 72 hrs to get a refund and it's now too late! Strange no-one told me this when they took my money 10 days ago!

I have noticed that all of you have managed to get a refund so would appreciate some advice.

I got my deposit back! 23 Mar 2014 19:41 #456

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I have received my deposit back and I am very grateful to Sasha for having supported me so that I didn't give up.

I really think that her commitment is very important to help people understand who they are trusting with their health.

I hope that she succeeds in her efforts to stop OE causing further damage and they start admitting their mistakes and maybe working in an ethical and correct manner.

RLE refund 20 Mar 2014 11:47 #457

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Paid for lens replacement up front for both eyes, with assurances from the OE sales person that after having the first eye done then I could decide if the second eye should go ahead. If I was happy with just one lens replacement there would be no problems in obtaining a refund (Half the cost as she explained).

After the initial lens replacement my reading was substantially improved, however distance vision needed a further laser treatment.

Since then my eyesight has worsened, I now find I am back to square one needing glasses for reading and close up work.

I contact the clinic to request my refund of £1,500 as per what i was told at my original consultation if I chose not to have the second eye treated.

I have been pushed from pillar to post with no one being able to authorise my refund. When i mentioned it at one check up I was even told "good luck with that"!!!

I've read with great interest the similar stories on this site and decided to post my account too. Such despicable customer treatment...

Got my refund!!! 14 Mar 2014 22:16 #458

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Yay I too got my refund!!,

Not before time - and of course nothing to do with the Optical Express bubble about to explode on Sunday… much!!

Thank you so much to this brilliant website and of course the wonderful, lovely Sasha Rodoy without whom I would still be fighting a losing battle against this evil money grabbing company!!

Sasha, my admiration for you is immense and i will do anything i can to help with your campaign, these butchers must be stopped!!

I can't thank you enough and wouldn't know where to begin to try and repay you. Keep up your brilliant work, you have probably already saved so many people's eye sight!

Roll on Sunday!!

Hugh Kerr refunded my deposit! 14 Mar 2014 16:04 #459

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Dear Alison,

I can now confirm that your £400 refund has now been processed. Please allow 3-5 working days for the funds to appear in your account. This processing time may differ depending on your card provider. Please accept my apology for the delay.

Kind Regards

Lynn Gilbey
Laser Refund Administrator I Customer Services Department
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Hugh Kerr refunded my deposit! 12 Mar 2014 10:51 #460

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Just had a call from Hugh Kerr (General Operations Director) after the email I sent on the 10/3/14 to David Mousedale - oops, Moulsdale.

Hugh Kerr left two messages yesterday and one this morning on my mobile asking me to call him on his number 07778782524. Then he called my home phone.

He told me their customer service centre had got it wrong, and he would be refunding my deposit immediately. He said they are amending their policies so it doesn't happen again.

The questions I should have asked are:

1. Which policy and how have they changed it?
2. Is it to protect them or customer?
3. Why are they suddenly so desperate to get in touch by phone, when a letter and immediate refund to my account would have done?
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