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Dr CT Pillai
MD DO, FRCS(Edin), FRCOpth (UK)
Ophthalmology
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english, tamil, malayalam

About

Dr Pillai founded Advanced Vision Care after amassing a lifetime’s experience in refractive surgery as a consultant for several well-known clinics in the UK and as a consultant ophthalmic surgeon for numerous NHS hospitals in the UK and hospitals in India.


Dr Pillai wealth of knowledge is unsurpassed as he is one of the few surgeons in the country to have both a corneal and refractive fellowship. He has over 25 years of ophthalmic experience and has performed over 30,000 LASIK, LASEK and PRK laser procedures. He is considered to be one of the most experienced laser eye surgeons in his field. His surgical skills and record of very low complication rates have been widely applauded in specialist journals such as Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, Eye, IOVS, Optician and Cosmetic Surgery.


Dr Pillai expertise and service are in regular demand, he presents papers and lectures at national and international refractive conferences and is extensively published in peer-reviewed journals.


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Medical Procedures

  • Advanced Wavefront Intralase LASIK 
  • Advanced Wavefront LASEK 
  • PRK laser treatment
  • Keratoconus treatments - Collagen Cross Linking and Corneal Implants

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Special Interests


  • Eye problems
  • Excimer laser eye surgery
  • Visual impairment
  • Keratoconus
  • Corneal issues and disease
  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Corneal vascularisation 
  • Uveitis 
  • Amniotic membrane transplantation

 

 

 

 

Education

Education:

•    Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (1990)
•    Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (1989)
•    Diploma in Ophthalmology, Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow (1988)
•    Diploma in Ophthalmology, Madras University, India (1982)
•    Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Madras University, India (1980)


Memberships:

•    Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCO – UK)
•    Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh
•    British Society of Refractive Surgery (BSRS – UK)
•    British Medical Association (BMA)
•    American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO – UK)
•    Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO – USA)
•    American Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS – USA)
•    International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS)
•    European Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ESCRS)

Reviews

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

19-11-2018
Very helpful and reassuring, happy to answer any and all questions

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

16-11-2018
Awesome place with awesome results. The surgery is a bit uncomfortable and quite painful for about 4 hours after. But then it all gets better and voila!

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

16-11-2018
Well worth my money to no longer suffer through the inconvenience of uncomfortable contacts and ill fitted glasses. It is optional surgery, and I'm so glad I took the steps to do it. The clinic and its members are all competent and friendly.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

14-11-2018
Very jolly and clearly knows his stuff

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

13-11-2018
Explained everything clearly and fully, friendly and professional.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

13-11-2018
He was great, gave me reassurance about the procedure. Answered all my questions and made me feel at ease.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

09-11-2018
Very clear, concise , to the point guidance. Put me at ease with my apprehension, and very informative in explaining the science. I have recommended Dr Pillai to all my glasses wearing friends !

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

09-11-2018
Quick, painless, not as bad as I thought. Could pretty much see the next day. Over 20/20 a week later. Nice and friendly staff, would recommend.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

09-11-2018
Dr Pillai was great. He knew I was nervous so did everything he could to reassure me and keep me calm. He explained everything to me in so much detail which really helped. All the staff were also really helpful and kind.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

08-11-2018
What makes this place the best is the thorough aftercare. Don't get me wrong, the surgery went perfectly and the doctor did a great job. But the care and warmth I've received during my aftercare is something I truly wasn't expecting. The clinical staff and optometrists have really made my experience so joyous. I look forward to seeing them all, they spend lots of time with me explaining everything and I'm so grateful to have found such a wonderful clinic.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

08-11-2018
Mate, this is the best surgery I've ever done. Chuffed. Have told my mates about this place too. Brilliant vision!

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

08-11-2018
My mother had her surgery done here about 5 years ago and finally convinced me to do mine and I don't regret it one bit! I'm very very big on customer service and the whole staff here was amazing! They were all nice and patient. I'm absolutely pleased with my experience here. My results were amazing, it feels good to see 20/20 again. Thank you again to the staff in avc! You guys were great!

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

08-11-2018
People with good vision don't understand. It's well worth any amount of money to see better. So this cost is insignificant. Anyone can buy a car, I have my vision. Love it. The clinic was very well maintained. Everything was in order. The entire facilities were spotless which is very comforting. I think they put extra effort into making you feel at home. The quality of care was excellent. I was scared to have this done with them, fear that something would mess up and my eyes would be worse than it already was and was pleased to be wrong with this. It was nice to have financing options. It makes life harder than it already is when you have to pay out of pocket for anything but with financing it takes the worry away.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

08-11-2018
I chose this clinic over two other clinics I got consultations at. The staff are professional, knowledgeable, efficient, and friendly. Sometimes they so knowledgeable, they give information a bit too quickly, but they are very receptive to answering any questions and repeating anything. The customer service was great and were responsive to phone calls. My eyes are healing well, they did a great job! Dr. Pillai was comforting during the procedure. The facility is well lit and clean. I also liked that they only offer the best technology, no messing around with the cheaper alternatives. Other places give an option for older technology for a cheaper price. The included checkups are quick. I'm very happy with my eyesight!

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

08-11-2018
Genuinely amazed at my new eyes. The surgery has changed my life, after decades of wearing glasses and contact lenses. I trust this company with my eyes, they are nothing but honest and professional. I can see the leaves on the trees now!

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

08-11-2018
I've recommended my whole family to have laser eye at AVC. They are wonderful as a clinic, I can't thank them enough. Special thanks to Raphael who was always available via email and phone throughout the process. It was so lovely to have continuity of care.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

08-11-2018
Great surgery results. Best decision I ever made!

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

08-11-2018
Loved everyone here at AVC, the nurses and clinical people are a delight. They really run the surgery well. At every step I was addressed courteously and politely and the experience was really personal and professional. The heating wasn't working on the day of the surgery, but regardless of that, the team more than made up for it and the results are fantastic.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

08-11-2018
Big thank you to all at AVC, the service was impeccable the whole way through and my sight is absolutely perfect.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

05-11-2018
Dr Pillai provided an excellent service and surgery. He was very informative before the procedure and helped keep me relaxed during the surgery itself. He clearly knew his stuff and showed that was is very experienced.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

05-11-2018
I find doctor Pillar very professional and well trained staff make me very comfortable true all the processes

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

02-11-2018
An absolute life changing experience. Had my operation a week ago and feel like a new man. Dr. Pillai and his team did a fantastic job and you will not find a better clinic than Advanced Vision Care. Many thanks again.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

02-11-2018
Very professional yet friendly surgeon. He was able to put me at ease during my consultation and I can't give enough praise for him

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

02-11-2018
I am happy with the results and the care taken with the follow-ups that helped me deal with the initial dryness and any concerns I had.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

02-11-2018
I have been so scared to do the procedure although as I have attended the consultation and meeting Mr Pillai I felt confident in his words. It has been amazing he has given me my eyes back! Amazing customer service too, highly recommended

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

02-11-2018
Great pre and after surgery service. The team has always been extremely attentive and available.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

01-11-2018
I have not had surgery at this clinic, but I did go for a consultation with the surgeon to see if I could have the surgery. They did loads of tests and scans on my eyes and eventually, after some very thorough testing and assessment I met the doctor Pillai. He said that it was not advisable to have surgery as he suspected an eye condition and referred me to my GP. I left the clinic feeling somewhat disheartened, but a few weeks later after having seen my local eye hospital, I was told that having eye surgery could have permanently damaged my eyes and that I was lucky that my condition was spotted as it mostly gets missed because it's very subtle at this stage. I would like to thank the team at AVC for being so very thorough with me, and for spotting my condition. I paid for my consultation, and it was worth every penny. I'm so thankful I didn't end up going to high street practice where they may not have spotted it. For anyone thinking of eye surgery, I would highly recommend this clinic. First class service all the way.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

01-11-2018
I am very pleased with the results of my lasik eye surgery. The optometrist and doctor were both very thorough and helpful and put me at ease regarding the risks and side effects. The information booklet I was supplied was extremely detailed and thorough and clear. By the time I had read everything, I had no further questions. The post surgery check ups were very good and my results are superb. Advanced Vision Care has my recommendation.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

01-11-2018
Superbly successful eye lens replacement surgery, my surgeon was excellent and Dr Pillai has been the best doctor for looking after my eyes. I feel like I have HD vision after 50 years of wearing glasses. I recommend Advanced Vision Care to everyone for their care and attention

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

01-11-2018
My surgeon was reassuring and thorough. I recommend

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

01-11-2018
I have 20:20 sight now, all thanks to Mr Pillai and the team at Adanced Vision Care. Special thanks to the nurse who held my hand during the op!

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

01-11-2018
Lovely surgeon Dr Pillau, very good at laser

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

01-11-2018
Lovely surgeon Dr Pillau, very good at laser

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

01-11-2018
Thank you so much. Great experience and great surgeon

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

01-11-2018
Great doctor. Thank you

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

01-11-2018
I went to several clinics before choosing AVC. I have to say, the clinical manner in which the process is carried out filled me with reassurance. It doesn't scream high street and they maintain absolute professionalism throughout. I told them I wanted to go home and think about it, and I was left alone to make my decision without annoying phone calls from call centres, unlike my experience with other providers. When I did decide to go ahead, everything was arranged efficiently and swiftly, surgery went perfectly, and the aftercare has been really great.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

01-11-2018
Truly thankful for everything everyone at AVC has done for me. From beginning to end, the journey has been nothing but professional.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

01-11-2018
Can't fault anything. Excellent vision, excellent service, excellent surgery.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

01-11-2018
The surgery wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be, was quick and painless and the results were pretty obvious even when I left the surgery that very day. Everyone was amazing and helpful and kind.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

26-10-2018
The service I received was excellent and very professional. I did not feel at all pressured into making a decision on what treatment to have or if wanted to go ahead at all. The staff on the day were very good and calmed my nerves and the surgeon was excellent. The results are incredible and the treatment was over so quickly and painlessly.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

26-10-2018
My experience was fantastic. Great care provided by all staff

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

26-10-2018
Overall very good, friendly professional staff. Laser eye surgery is a fairly daunting thought. However it was all made very easy and relaxing by Dr Pillai and him team. It's two weeks now post surgery and I know have 20/20 vision.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

26-10-2018
Everyone was fabulous, I love my new vision. Gaya was my point of contact throughout and she is just the most pleasant and accommodating person to ever deal with. Thanks to all at this clinic, you've truly changed my life!

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

26-10-2018
my only regret is i didnt have it done sooner.i had a hassle free experience with advanced vision care,and am now enjoying a life with no contact lenses or glasses(my eyes were -5 ).

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

26-10-2018
Was very nervous about having the laser treatment but from the minute I walked out from my consultation all the nerves had disappeared. On the day of treatment everything was explained to me again and the surgeon he was lovely and so were all the clinic nurses. The procedure took 10 mins and I could see straight away it was amazing I should have done this 10 years ago! I would not hesitate in recommending avc to anyone they are outstanding.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

26-10-2018
Best thing I've ever done. Excellent vision

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

26-10-2018
Lasik treatment really has really revolutionized my life. My treatment was arranged very quickly, carried out efficiently and is incredibly successful. 20/20 vision - awesome. The best money I have ever spent.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

26-10-2018
Very friendly staff, especially on the operating day. The whole process is very easy, I will still dread the dentist more than I did Advanced Vision Care! Seriously though, if you are considering laser eye surgery I would urge you to try it. Totally painless and the results are amazing. I wish I'd had it done years ago, it's so wonderful to have freedom from glasses at last.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

26-10-2018
All gain and no pain, really kind people and great service - I would say go for it!

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

25-10-2018
The service was quick and hassle free, it is like going back to your youth with your vision. Staff are supportive and friendly

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

25-10-2018
Cant complain. Everything went great, im happy with my eyes and the care avc are giving me and the care and attention of the opticinas and the nurses.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

25-10-2018
Really good, can't complain. Good vision, efficient service

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

25-10-2018
Can I just say that you really get your money's worth here, the vision through my eyes is excellent now and I can see everything around me. The whole journey felt safe and professional and the doctor was great

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

25-10-2018
Laser treatment was quick and the results are fabulous. Staff here are lovely. I recommend this surgery.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

23-10-2018
Very good service from start to finish. Pre-op, the op itself and aftercare has been exceptional. Would highly recommend. Staff very friendly.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

22-10-2018
Amazing! Dr Pillai and his team made the whole process worry free! From my first appointment to the day of my surgery Dr Pillai and his wonderful team were able to answer all my questions and made me feel at ease with the surgery. I would highly recommend the procedure and using AVC; the result has made such a difference.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

19-10-2018
I had my laser surgery at AVC last week and I'm delighted with the results. I was very nervous at my surgery but they offered my some Valium to help calm my nerves and one of the nurses, Gaya, was very lovely and reassuring with her calming voice throughout my surgery. Very pleased that I went to AVC!

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

19-10-2018
Very personable and put me at ease straight away. Made the whole procedure very pleasant!

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

19-10-2018
I can not fault any part of my experience with advanced vision care as a whole. Dr. Pillai was funny and personable, whilst staying professional throughout. This was a point of difference to me because it made me feel at ease with the care showed and I had no doubts in anything that he was doing.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

19-10-2018
I would like to thank the great team at Advanced Vision Centre, for taking great care of me and providing such excellent support on the day when I panicked with the nerves prior to the procedure. From start to finish, from consultation through to all my post-op care, everyone has been wonderful, honest, helpful and very professional. I would highly recommend the clinic, and the Doctor, to anyone considering this procedure. Thank you very much AVC.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

17-10-2018
Everything was explained thoroughly, Dr Pilli was incredibly reassuring and patient even though I had about a hundred questions. 3 weeks later and I can see without spectacles! Couldn't be happier!

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

16-10-2018
I had Lasik surgery last year, and had my last appointment with AVC today, I am thrilled to be living life with 20/20 vision. Life without glasses and contact lenses is AMAZING, and it is all thanks to Dr Pillai and his team at AVC. Dr Pillai and the whole team have made me feel at ease throughout my journey. I would highly recommend AVC to everyone. Once again Thank you

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

16-10-2018
Very professional experience and I'm very happy with the outcome. Would recommend

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

16-10-2018
It's a truly life changing experience. The first few hours after surgery are painful but after that it is fine and a wonderful sensation to live without glasses. Thanks to the surgeon and team for giving me this gift.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

16-10-2018
Best thing I've ever done, wish I had had it done sooner! Excellent service throughout

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

16-10-2018
I've just been discharged after having my laser eye, and I have to say it has been a lovely experience at Advance vision Care. The eye specialists who have looked after my eyes over the past year have been top class and the laser eye was straightforward and easy. This place has my trust and approval.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

16-10-2018
Excellent experience. Felt I was in good hands all the way through.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

16-10-2018
Laser eye surgery was a quick procedure and done well, my eyesight is incredible now! Great service, professional and informative. Highly recommend

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

16-10-2018
Thank you to the whole team at AVC. Every step of the process felt detailed and professional and like they really cared. A wonderful clinic with wonderful people.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

16-10-2018
I'm very please with the results of my laser surgery. The clinic staff were extremely helpful and polite and very conscientious. Little thoughtful touches made the experience very personal and I felt really welcome throughout.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

16-10-2018
Expert doctor, very skilful and adept. My results after lasik surgery are wonderful. I couldn’t be happier.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

16-10-2018
Highly recommend. Professional, honest, and experienced. I attended with my husband and Mr Pillai was very frank and honest about the fact that he thought my husband wouldn't achieve the results he was expecting and so told us it was better that only I had treatment. I was very impressed by his honesty.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

10-10-2018
Everything well explained

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

10-10-2018
Dr Pillai explained the procedure clearly and put me at ease.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

03-10-2018
Mr Pillai explained everything in great detail. Very reassuring and professional

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

03-10-2018
Very professional approach. He explained the whole procedure clearly. Absolutely delighted with the results, I was very concerned about the procedure, but having now recovered from my cataract surgery I am thrilled with the results and would highly recommend the trifocals lens. Also Mr Alex Shortt my surgeon made me feel very comfortable throughout, and the whole team have been extremely professional and kind.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

10-09-2018
My experience with Dr CT Pillai was phenomenal. The initial assessment process and surgery went really smoothly, he was really informative and professional, while maintaining a welcoming environment. I recommend everyone, who has vision problems to see Dr. CT Pillai.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

07-09-2018
It was comfortable to have the treatment in this clinic,Dr Pillai make patients feel relaxed from the first consultation. Thus, making a decision is easy

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

07-09-2018
Good

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

07-09-2018
It was comfortable to have the treatment in this clinic, I the doctors make patients feel relaxed from the first consultation. Thus, making a decision is easy

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

06-09-2018
This is the best and friendliest clinic I've ever been to. Everyone was SUPER friendly and SO helpful and they REALLY made me feel so much at ease! I cant recommend AVC enough, you can trust that they have your best interests at heart and go out of their way to make sure all fears are allayed. I'm so chuffed with my results, 20/20 vision!!

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

05-09-2018
Great experience, staff were all very kind and helpful. Mr Pillai explained explained the treatment to me and made feel at ease. Thank you AVC

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

04-09-2018
The Consultation with Dr Pillai and his team was excellent, I got honest advice and I felt like they were as informative as they could be. They were also very professional and reassuring even when I was as nervous as I was! I would definitely recommend Advanced Vision Care to anyone who wants quality care.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

03-08-2018
Mr Pillai and the AVC team were friendly and professional. Lots of chances to ask any questions during my consultation up to having surgery, would highly recommend.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

03-08-2018
Very good results, great outcome. Yay!

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

25-06-2018
Thank you to the whole team and for all your care in giving me my sight back! The experience has been excellent from beginning to end. The consultation was very thorough and had all my concerns and questions addressed. The eye surgery wasn't as scary as I first thought and Mr Pillai was very patient with my nerves. If you're thinking about having eye work done just go for it, I would definitely recommend AVC and Mr Pillai to my friends.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

22-06-2018
Mr Pillai was very good, he was very patient with me as I was especially nervous. He kept me calm and reassured me through the surgery. I was please to see that he took the time to explain everything to me and allowed me to see inside the surgery room at the same time.