Established in 1991 by US based ophthalmologist Claus Fichte, optometrist Andrew Bell and business man Christopher Neave, Ultralase were the first to introduce a national network of laser eye surgery clinics in the UK. Following the success of the world’s first refractive surgery clinic, opened by US-based investors inToronto (1989), the UK’s first ever laser eye surgery clinic was opened at Clatterbridge hospital, Wirral in January 1991. This clinic was the first to perform laser eye surgery in the UK, and expanded to become the Ultralase network.[1]

Ultralase was purchased by 3i following the £175m purchase from Corporacion Dermoestetica in January 2008,[2] who had bought the business in May 2005 for £29m.[3]