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 would recommend this treatment to anyone. I had astigmatisms in both eyes and slightly short signed in one. The treatment was painless….. but I have to admit to be in a little discomfort for 36 hours after surgery. Focus Vision was an excellent choice: the per op examination was extremely thorough and the surgery was fine. After care is extremely good. My vision was pretty good after 24 hours and now, 2 weeks after surgery it is wonderful…….. no more contact lenses or glasses!!
I was a fifty four year old business man driving two hours and spending hours on screen at work and suffering through failing eyes. In my own time I was losing the ability to re-wire an electrical plug, read the crossword and worst of all I could no longer read instruction labels or wine bottle labels. Thanks to David Allamby I can do all of these things effortlessly and he has given me back such quality of life for a cost that many of us would spend on a holiday. Any apprehension I felt about the treatment beforehand, evaporated with the communication skills of both David and his first class team. My wife has had her eyes lasered today and I have no hesitation in recommending this clinic to anyone. Thankyou David and team for allowing me to feel more like a thirty four year old! John Whitelam 21/05/07
This was the best price available by far, and at Focus they are professional, friendly and reassuring. The clinic itself is very clean and smart, and put me at ease. I was in a conundrum about whether to get laser treatment, my prescription being only -1.25 with astigmatism in one eye, but I felt if I could negate the need for glasses at such an affordable price then why not? I was concerned about all the potential complications with Lasik treatment, but my Consultant gave me confidence in the procedure. I had some initial pain soon after the procedure, but that quickly went with no need for further anaesthetic drops when I got home. My vision was already better just 20 minutes after the procedure, and I now have perfect vision. I am a very satisfied customer, I am so pleased I made the decision to get laser eye surgery, and I have already recommended Focus to friends and family. Thank you Focus!
The service at Focus Laser Vision is second to none, expecially Paula, who without her help and safe hands, I wouldn't be typing this without my glasses and watching the telly with no problems whatsoever. The surgery was a daunting process but the determination I felt that I could do this and the faith I had in the surgeon, proves that taking a risk can be worth it. The surgery staff where brillant and I just cant express my gratitude to them enough. I know that price can have a deciding factor but with the presentation, personnel and the skill that Focus Laser Vision have, I wouldnt hesitate in recommending them. You really need to check them out. So concentrate on today, yesterday has gone you cannot change it, tommorrow is just a few hours away, so take your vision in your hands and change it. Dont hesitate, the only regret is that I shoulld have had it done when I was 21 and now 38!!!!!!!
I booked a deal through Groupon after waiting five years to make sure my vision has stabilised. I had high astigmatism and was -6.5 so pretty short-sighted. This was a massive decision but the cost reduction of £1500 spurred me on. I was hugely impressed with the level of service, the speed at which I was able to make an appointment and have the surgery and the after-care experience. My surgeon, Dr Alanby, was very thorough and all the other staff I saw during my time were very professional. I now have great vision and genuinely think it is the best thing I have ever done. I would really recommend using this clinic.
I had LASIK in both eyes five years ago, for 'blended vision' and was delighted with the result. Two years ago when I started a degree course, I started to wear reading glasses to support my 'distance' eye. Ie to make both eyes reading eyes. I came to rely on them more and more until I couldn't read without them. I was unhappy about this and remembered that Focus provide lifelong aftercare, so went back for a consultation. It appeared my prescription had changed, which is quite rare, but it could be corrected by either more LASIK in my reading eye, or by having the Kamra inlay procedure. As I'd previously had surgery at Focus, this treatment would be at 50% of the cost for one eye only. Everything was thoroughly explained to me from the treatment to payment, including all the aftercare. The staff are so friendly, as well as being totally professional. Mr Allenby is an excellent surgeon who installs confidence. The surgery, equipment and waiting rooms are modern and spotless. I really enjoy my visits for check ups and afterwards do a little shopping on Oxford St and Bond St which is about 5 minutes walk away. I have recommended Focus to my friends and family and would recommend them to everyone.
When I read an article in the Daily Mail in January 2003 headed 'Radio Wave Cure does Away with Reading Glasses' I decided this was the treatment for me. I have been wearing reading glasses now for a few years and had got really fed up with putting my glasses on and off to check prices, sell by dates, read the paper etc. Having had my precheck for suitability I had Conductive Keratoplasty (CK) carried out on 2 May 2003 by Dr Allamby at the London Vision Clinic at 8 Devonshire Place, London. Having met with Dr Allamby I was confident I was doing the right thing despite well-meaning relatives trying to put me off. Dr Allamby has a calm manner and exudes confidence in his procedure with safety being paramount The actual procedure took no more than 5 minutes and was completely pain free and that evening felt as if I had had some particularly nasty shampoo in my eye. I was able to shop at M&S and prepare our evening meal. When I woke up on Saturday morning I could read the newspaper (small print also) perfectly well without my glasses. My eye felt as though there was a slight film over it - again absolutely no pain or discomfort. I love the freedom of not having to worry about whether I have my glasses with me and one colleague actually said I looked younger! I would have no hesitation in recommending Dr Allamby and his clinic to anyone for CK and if you wish to chat to me personally please ask the clinic to let you have my telephone number.
I had my surgery on Tuesday afternoon. I am totally amazed at the results. I have better vision now than before when I was wearing glasses. The procedure was painless, quick and the results instant. To the staff and Dr Ali Mearza thank you - I should have had this done years ago.
The pre-op appointment went extremely well and I instantly felt in the safest hands. All the staff at the clinic were incredible, answering every question I had and helping with settling my nerves on the day of the operation. I found the whole experience really personal and I still now think it is brilliant how the receptionist, I didn't catch her name, was so on the ball and remembered my name even after only one visit. Mr. Mearza was amazing before, during and after the operation. He talked through the procedure, answered the silliest of questions and generally made me really sure of the massive decision I was making with going ahead with the op. On the day of surgery he was attentitive and spoke through the procedure once again, reassuring me things would be fine and over before I knew it. The nurse was also absolutely lovely and we had a little chat and giggle before going into the surgery whilst she was talking me very clearly through all the drops for after the surgery. When on the operating table I felt really nervous however with Mr. Mearza chatting to me and keeping my mind off the procedure it was over so quickly. This was a massive decision for me to make at 21 and an awful lot of money to pay but I could not have made a better choice. I love the fact I don't have to wear contacts or glasses and can see better than I have ever been able to. I would recommend this procedure to anyone. Thanks so much everyone at Focus Clinic for a much clearer 2009 and rest of my life!!!
I had my treatment in January 2010 and I can see as far as an eagle! Everyone should go for eye surgery at FOCUS LASER VISION. Staff is very professional from the receptionist to the surgeon. The treatment takes only 10mn per eye and it is not painful at all. Your sight is a bit blury and fluctuates for a couple of hours but then everything is back to normal. It is a super quick recovery. In one week time you can go back doing most of your daily activities. Focus Laser Vision is cheaper than the other clienics but the Service is amazing. If you don't like wearing glasses, go for it!