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
MY HUSBAND AND I BOTH HAD CK TREATMENT ON 5TH NOVEMBER 2004. WE HAVE JUST BEEN BACK FOR OUR FIRST CHECK UP (23.11.04)AND MY HUSBAND HAS 20/20 VISION IN BOTH EYES AND I HAVE IN MY RIGHT EYE AND JUST BELOW IN MY LEFT. HOWEVER IT IS EARLY DAYS AND IT IS EXPECTED THAT I WILL ACHIEVE 20/20 VERY SHORTLY. WE ARE EXCEPTIONALLY HAPPY WITH THE TREATMENT, DR. ALLAMBY AND HIS STAFF AT HARLEY STREET. IT IS A TOTALLY PAINLESS PROCEDURE WHICH TAKES APPROX. 5 MINUTES PER EYE. INCIDENTALLY MY HUSBAND HAD TREATMENT IN ONE EYE ONLY FOR READING AND I HAD TREATMENT IN BOTH EYES FOR READING AND DISTANCE. WE BOTH HAD A GRITTY FEELING POST TREATMENT BUT THE EYE DROPS HELPED AND IT WAS VIRTUALLY ALL GONE WITHIN A WEEK. SUPERB TREATMENT WHICH I WILL RECCOMMEND TO ALL MY FRIENDS.
Initially, I went for blended vision, but when I was shown 'what it would be like' I decided against it. I was then told my distance vision could be treated, so this is what I went for. It has now been two months since my treatment and I can honestly say it was the best thing (healthwise) I've ever done! Before the treatment I had to wear glasses for everything, now I only need them for reading small print i.e. newspapers etc. No longer do I have to keep putting the glasses on and off in supermarkets etc. It's great to be able to see photographs, the computer, certain print in magazines, instructions on jars etc for cookery, the numbers on my cooker and washing machine etc. I could go on and on. It's been brilliant and I can't thank Dr Allamby enough. I would recommend them to anyone - there was no pain at all (well, the most painful thing was when they took the tape off each covered eye after the treatment!) I thought there would be some pain during the night after the treatment - but no, nothing!! I was so nervous before the treatment - but, honestly there was no need. The staff at Wimpole Street are lovely. After my initial consultation each time I visited the clinic I was always greeted with a smile from the receptionist and 'hello Jackie', they really make you feel at ease. If anyone is considering laser eye surgery, this is the place to go.
I had my laser eye surgery two weeks ago and my vision is better then 20/20. this is by far the best thing that i have ever done and would recommend the Focus clinic to everyone. i have never been so nervous then on the day of my surgery but the set up at Focus is so amazing that i soon felt at ease. The staff actually care and really look after you and the surgeon Mr. Mearza was amazing. The follow up procedure is unbelievable and you feel that they are there for you no matter what. i felt discomfort for a few hours after the surgery but i went home slept and when i woke up was back to normal. The results are amazing and as said before i would highly recommend Focus for your eye surgery.
whole team were amazing
Very happy with my treatment at Focus 4 weeks ago. They treat their patients as individuals and there is no pressure to go ahead unless you are 100% happy. I had a slightly complicated prescription and needed to feel confident about the outcomes before going ahead, so avoided the high street chains.
I am delighted with every aspect of my treatment, and the results. I am now able to read without wearing spectacles.
I cannot speak highly enough about my experience with Focus Laser Vision. From my initial consultation right through to my day of surgery (3 June), I was given fantastic advice with no 'sales' pressure whatsoever. At my consultation I was offered contact lens of varying prescriptions to 'trial' a simulation of the blended vision option but I elected to go for Z-Lasik treatment to both eyes to cure my shortsightness. Again this was my decision and there was no attempt to make me think again about the slightly more expensive blended vision surgery. I chose David Allamby as my surgeon but in truth Ali Mearza who had operated on a number of people the day before (2 June) was given glowing reports from those people who were back for their 'day after' check-ips. David is an immensely likeable man who talks you through the procedure in full and really puts you at ease. His 'laser' team were all extremely friendly as you enter the Laser Room and David continues to talk you through things as the procedure gets underway. It is literally over before you know it and there was no pain either during or after. My vision was slightly blurred when I sat up but was clear enough for me to be able to read the clock on the wall. Ten minutes later I left the clinic and was amazed that from the front door I could clearly read the small print of a sign on a van parked outside the clinic. By 6pm that day, and just as David had suggested, my vision was crystal clear. I've been for my 'day after' check-up today; everything is great and I can resume driving. To anyone who is thinking of having corrective surgery, you really should contact Focus Vision for a truly first class service.
From first contact to treatment completion, the service provided by Focus Laser Vision has been exceptional. I had considered laser correction for a number of years, but couldn't quite pluck up the courage to go ahead as I was unwilling to entrust the care of my eyes to what I would describe as "conveyor belt clinics" This however changed when i saw an article in the telegraph regarding the revolutionary Z-lasik procedure utilised by Focus, and the more personal service they appeared to offer under the care of Mr Mearza and Allemby (qualified and respected opthalmologists). I subsequently booked an initial consultation and was taken through a very comprehensive range of tests and was informed i was suitable for the Z-lasik procedure. I was then (based upon my prescription) given the cost of surgery and available dates. No pressure was placed on me to sign "there and then" and I left to consider my options. After reviewing the pros and cons, and feeling reassured after a couple of days consideration, I recontacted Focus and booked my procedure for the 10th of June. Treatment day eventually came and on the day of the procedure Mr. Mearza (my allocated surgeon) had a further consultation with me to double check my prescription. He then took me through the procedure itself and left me feeling reassured that I was in confident and competent hands. Another member of the team then saw me prior to the procedure and took me through a very thorough aftercare regime and the medicines i was required to take. Within minutes I was then taken through to a waiting area outside of the main treatment room where I was required to don a fetching pair of blue shoe covers and a blue hair net. The actual treatment was somewhat of a blur as it was over so quickly. The laser procedure itself (both the cutting of the flap and the ablation of the cornea to the correct prescription) was totally painless (anesthetic eye drops are applied), however i will admit that i found the device which places pressure on the eye during the flap cutting process to be uncomfortable. However, the discomfort in both eyes lasted for a matter of 30 seconds each eye and was bearable. Immediately after the procedure I was amazed that I could instantly see the time on the clock in the treatment room (although admittedly my vision was cloudy at this point) I was then taken to a recovery room where I rested my eyes for 30 minutes before being seen by Mr Mearza again for a post treatment consultation. I then left the clinic shortly after feeling no ill effects. Approximately 2 hours after the operation my eyes became very watery which lasted about 1 hour, they then became irritable for a further hour (feeling of grit in the eye) and then dry for about an hour after that. However. around six hours after the procedure i felt no ill effects whatsoever, and was well enough to go out for a couple of drinks and a meal with my wife. Over a 2 hour period my eyesight then rapidly improved and I was absolutely amazed at the clarity and quality of my vision so shortly after the procedure. In fact i drove my wife to the point of insanity reading everything i could see at distance! The morning after the procedure i woke up with no pain or discomfort whatsoever, and my vision much to my amazement was razor sharp. I then re attended Focus for a 24 hour check up with Mr Mearza and I was astounded I could read the bottom line of the eye chart (better than 20/20 vision) I was left reassured that everything had gone as planned and I was already healing well. This is basically my experience to date, and I am due back for a further check in a weeks time. Overall what can I say? In many ways I wish I'd gone through the procedure years ago, however I'm also glad I've waited to be treated using the Z-lasik process by a very professional team. I cannot praise Mr Mearza and the rest of the staff at Focus highly enough. If you've thought long and hard about treatment then consider Focus if you want a thorough, personal and professional service.
The team provide a fabulous service from care all the way to your treatment and post treatment appointments. I cannot thank them enough. Most people are put off from Focus due to high prices as it treats a lot of celebrities but please do not let price put you off as they have some fantastic offers and the team are amazing.
Truly Amazing! If I could give more stars I would!
Here’s my experience
For a long time I suffered from really poor, blurry vision. I was constantly squinting and over a long period of time this squinting slowly made my eyesight worse. My confidence and quality of life was lowered, my reading vision was awful. I had many situations where from a distance I thought I saw someone I knew, so I squinted until they were almost a few yards away from me then they would give me that look that said ‘this person is weird’
Enough was enough, I wanted laser eye surgery and needed the best so nothing goes wrong, these are my eyes after all and no one wants to go blind. From my research Focus was credited the best and I strongly recommend Mr Ali Mearza for a surgeon! He’s a really kind, warm and friendly person who makes a living from beaming lasers in people’s eyes and curing people and elephants from going blind, he’s been on news and helped loads of people.
I decided to take the next step. If you’re reading this, chances are you’re close to choosing to have the surgery but still need some time and maybe this will convince you. It’s one of those “Its a miracle and I love science moments!” When you come in you are welcomed by very polite, respectful and friendly staff and they treat you to free soft drinks, teas coffee and biscuits.
The procedure was very quick and is over in no more than 10 minutes then BAM! Instant 20/20! Best decision of my life! Each day after the procedure your eyesight gets better and mine improved so much last night I killed a mosquito is the dark!