Focus is a well renowned, prestigious specialist laser eye clinic based in the London Harley Street medical enclave. It has a reputation for treating celebrities, and claims to have a 99.7% success rate (excluding very high prescriptions).
What makes it different? This is a consultant led clinic, meaning UK-trained eye surgeons combine their advanced surgical skills with the specially selected laser systems that are 100% committed to achieving 20/20 vision.
Is there anything to look out for? Yes, check what you are comfortable paying. Focus is one of the pricier options for vision correction, and the success rate barely differs from clinics that charge half the price.
1. Focus Eye Surgery Treatments
Focus has often led the way in terms of technology advancement over the years. It was the first clinic to correct reading vision using Conductive Keratoplasty (CK) radio waves, which uses radio waves rather than lasers to reshape the eye surface (cornea). The chief surgeon, Mr David Allamby, has performed more CK procedures than any other surgeon in the world.
Mr Allamby is also the first surgeon in the U.K to pioneer and perform the first Z-Lasik Blended Vision (another treatment for reading glasses). He remains at the forefront of specialist surgeons for presbyopia in the UK, and has provided surgical training to visiting surgeons worldwide.
So what’s on offer? The standard procedures at Focus include: Z-LASIK, LASEK and PRK (all with Wavefront technology). The clinic additionally specialises in these popular lens replacement surgeries: refractive lens exchange (RLE), implantable collamer lens (ICL), cataract surgery.
2. Focus Costs
Focus is one of the most expensive places in the UK for laser eye and lens replacement surgery, along with its friends on Harley Street: the London Vision Clinic and Moorfields Private (just around the corner).
Nearly 200 patients told us they paid on average £6,200 for laser eye surgery and £6,700 for lens replacement surgery at Focus. These prices are among the highest out there, and around double what you can pay elsewhere in the UK.
Laser eye surgery costs (both eyes):
- LASIK cost: £6,500
- LASIK specialist cost: £6,000
- LASIK blended vision: £5,400
Lens and cataract surgery costs (both eyes):
- Refractive lens exchange cost: £6,500
- Cataract surgery cost: £6,500 (standard lens) – £7,500 (premium lens)
- ICL surgery cost: £7,500
Then there’s the VIP Package for £12,000, all in. Focus doesn’t reveal what’s involved in this eye-watering price tag, so we’ll go out on a limb and say you may not find great value for money here.
Are there any hidden costs?
You’ll be please to learn that the quotes above are fixed prices, meaning you should avoid some nasty surprises. These costs include a generous 10-year guarantee, and initial consultations are free.
Interest-free finance options are also available, from £179.17 per eye per month, with a £500 deposit. Other clinics, however, offer monthly payment plans for around a quarter of the price.
So is it worth paying more?
Well, it may be if you are looking for: the most up-to-date ophthalmic tech, some of the UK’s most experienced surgeons, and being treated like a king in general. Plus, all procedures use Wavefront technology as standard: a slightly pricier add-on that improves the accuracy of the laser by measuring the eye’s exact measurements.
But don’t feel pressured into paying more than you feel comfortable with. Laser eye surgery is considered a safe procedure, with over 95% of people being satisfied or very satisfied with results, according to NICE. Optical Express, for example, is so confident of achieving 20/20 vision, it has a moneyback offer if you don’t. And prices there are half what they are at Focus Clinics on average.
3. Focus Review: The Verdict
FOCUS Clinics features as one of the best places for laser eye surgery in the UK. Plus, with friendly staff and a “Good” CQC rating, it also makes its way onto the list of the 10 best laser eye surgery clinics in London.
But is it right for you? Focus Clinics does offer plenty of excellent perks for the higher price tags: cutting-edge lasers, pioneering eye surgeons, and hard-to-fault customer service. That said, your money will also fund perks no one really needs: things like the prime Harley Street location, spa-like rooms, and VIP treatment.
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Focus Clinics Reviews
I didn't expect my -8 to turn into 20/20 vision but it did, thanks to laser focus vision. The whole team is very professional and I never regretted my decision to go there. Great service before, during and after the laser treatment. I can only recommend them.
Great results, the next day I had better than 20/20 vision. I had a couple of consultations and Focus seemed like the most professional place. The clinic itself is a lot more luxurious than Optical Express for example, which looked like a glorified opticians.
Im amazingly happy with it!
As I write, 24hrs after treatment, I can only say good things about this clinic, their staff and Mr Dave Allamby in particular. All my research into this procedure and choice of Focus feels supported now by my own experience. The key factors for me were the honesty of the clinics (website 100% accurate), competency of staff - surgeon especially, technology - best in UK. My case was a mid range myopia, -4.00 each eye with differing astigmatism to boot. They were happy to boast the Uk's only 100% 20/20 or better record since their latest technology investment in 2011. By my calculations, this has to be about 1000 treatments by now. So now for me, with my own 20/20 only 24hrs in, I am confident of further improvement to come. I remain confident that all their aftercare promises will be met - all has be to the high standard I expected thus far. For this Focus charge a fair premium, but are far from the most expensive around. If like me you want the very best for your eyes, then all things remaining equal, Focus would be an excellent choice for you too.
I have just come in for my 24 hour post surgery check-up. Yesterday was very stressful as I was very nervous beforehand as laser eye surgery was something I had wanted to have done for several years but hadn't had the nerve to do until now. I did a bit of research beforehand including asking friends of their experiences and I have to say that I definitely chose the right place. From the moment that I arrived for the initial consultation until today the team at Focus have been so friendly, reassuring and thoroughly professional. My surgeon David Allamby gave me absolutely no doubt that he was about to do the best job possible and thus far the results are proving this to be true as my vision is amazing. Thank you!
I’m extremely happy with the consultation, operation and post-operative care I’ve have from the staff at Focus Eye Clinics. Thirty three years of -7 short sight were corrected in a couple of minutes of surgery. The staff and surgeons at Focus care and expertise is superb and I have been recommending them to friends of mine who wear glasses.
I had a CK procudure on my left eye nearly 2 years ago and have returned to the clinic several times during this period for further treatment, including laser. My eye is almost the same after all this time no improvement, lots of discomfort, inconvenience and financial loss for no gain.
I was not expecting to be in pain for the day of the operation, but other than that I am absolutely thrilled with the entire experience, pre-op, op and post-op. I am over the moon with the results the operation has had.
Based on results alone, I fully recommend Focus Clinic. After putting up with 15years of glasses and having medium-severe short-sighted & astigmatism in both eyes (-4.75 & -5.75) so felt it was time to get this procedure done. The clinic is efficient, and the procedure itself was very quick. Just one evening's discomfort on the day of op but the eye drops they give you bring quick relief. Next day, I was 100% fine, no discomfort or pain and could see better than 20/20. Slight starburst effect when looking at car lights but hoping this should settle within next few months. Dr Allamby was able to answer all my questions. I recommend to read their website blog as it is pretty comprehensive. Dr Ali actually did the procedure and it was faultless. I chose Focus based on good feedback and results. Their pricing I would say is 'at market rates' but is competitive. Ensure you ask essential questions such as their aftercare guarantee as they may not be all that forthcoming (basically because everyone has a limited timeslot) but their website should cover the majority of customer questions anyway. My impression was that they are a slick, efficient operation with excellent results.
Great service before, during and after procedure.
I had a prescriptions of -7.25 & -7.5 with astigmatism and have now 20/20 vision. The recovery was a bit longer than I expected and I may need reading glasses in a few years due to my age, but the surgery was well worth the end result. I had suffered years of problems with contact lenses and had developed sensitivity to most contact lens solutions. It has been amazing waking up with perfect vision and having no more hassle logging the lenses and liquids around. I would like to thank all of the staff at Focus Laser vision, but most of all surgeon Ali Mearza and the all the customer service staff, especially Paula Cole, who was very professional and essential with my aftercare. Thank you to you all.