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
Having read about the new procedure CK in 'Choice' magazine I went to Devonshire Place in early August and had a very thorough eye examination and full explanation of the treatment. As a consequence I booked in for the treatment, which I had about six weeks later in September. Although naturally apprehensive I was treated with great sensitivity and professionalism. The after-effects were explained in detail and, indeed, proved to be 'spot-on' ! The slight discomfort lasted barely a couple of days. At my first follow-up appointment Mr. Allamby performed extensive tests and gave me the required corrective treatment there and then. By the time I went for a second follow-up in November my eyes had settled down and I now have perfect vision. At no time since I had the treatment have I used my reading glasses and I am well-satisfied with the results. My quality of life is greatly improved ~ hopefully for many years to come. I am 62 years of age.
Absolutely excellent customer service, they achieved the perfect balance of professionalism and friendliness. There was absolutely no "hard sell" of the treatment, and all the risks were very well explained before I decided to go ahead. The facility in Winpole Strret, London (just next to Harley Street) is very modern, clean and seemed well equipped. I stayed with the same surgeon (Dr Ali Mearza) for my treatment and follow up visits. They even provide you with your surgeons mobile phone number which you can call at any time if you have problems or worries following the treatment. All in all I can't recommend Focus Laser Vision enough!
Can't recommend Focus highly enough, they were brilliant throughout. Had surgery on 1 eye only (PRK) so that I could still read without glasses as well as see to drive (I am 52). That was the doctor's recommendation. Was dubious at first but eyes blended together and no glasses for anything now. Am envy of my friends and their reading glasses!!! Can't believe my surgery cost less than my last pair of glasses too. Staff are great and a beuatiful clinic. Mr Allamby put me at ease and very reassuring and confident. Thanks to all at Focus!!
I had my operation for short-sightedness in both eyes on 17 October 2009. I am mid 40s. Prescription was around L-3 and R-3 plus astigmatism in the right eye. As I do a lot of training and sport I went for perfect long distance vision rather than the blended vision option (one eye for short vision and one eye for long). Cost was around £2,200 (which included a one-off £100 discount that was available at the time). Dr Ali Mearza was the surgeon (FRCOphth and a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Charing Cross Hospital) The result. Absolutely fantastic – and I am a very hard to please person. It would be fair to say that FOCUS had never received so many questions and I am sure Paula at FOCUS would back me up on this. They answered the most important ones after which I realised that the remainder were obsolete. I initially was attracted to FOCUS because of Dr Allamby’s open and honest blog (which is beneficial for the whole industry in my view). The nurses, optometrists, receptionists – everyone was fantastic. Friendly and caring and available for any questions or issues. My thanks to them for making it such an easy process.. Dr Allamby was unavailable at the time I sought my operation and it was done by Dr Mearza. I could not have been more happy. Dr Mearza was professional yet friendly. I felt comfortable all the way through the procedure. To avoid surprises I advise that the pressure on the eye when the flap is created is more than I thought it would be (only say a little like cold ice cream shock in the sinuses) but lasts for a very short time. The other issue I was unaware of (but made sense at the time) was a very slight smell as the laser removed the tissue. Nothing to worry about though. Immediately after the operation the eyes stung a little bit on the way home (like getting some citrus juice in the eye) but I went to sleep and when I woke up I was fine. A significant issue for me was that I get the occasional facial cold sore. There is a related condition of the eye with the potential that the related virus can sit in part of the eye and with the disturbance of the operation, infection set in. Although I have never suffered from the eye condition another laser company refused me on this basis although admitted that it may in the short term change its view. FOCUS covered this issue and made me comfortable that this was not an issue for me as I had never suffered from the condition previously. An issue that is important to note for older patients (over 40) is the likelihood of ‘sudden presbyopia’. My pre-procedure investigation had made me aware of this. As we pass 40 almost everyone requires reading glasses as the eye can no longer focus so well at short distances. Often, the myopia (short-sightedness) masks the presbyopia so that after the operation it is a surprise that you can no longer see near items to read etc as well. It is worse in the first few days but does get better over time. In good light I can read okay with just slight blurriness. Fro example I am typing this currently at normal font and no glasses. Still, it is better having to only put on glasses occasionally to read rather than only taking them off occasionally. Also, for those of you that have used contacts and not been able to read too well with them on, then this is surely a better solution. The sudden presbyopia issue may have been addressed with the blended option and for less active and/or older persons this may be a better way to go. It is now over a month and I have had absolutely none of the advertised potential side effects (halos, dry eyes etc etc). There has been no need for further lubricating drops etc and I remain with 20/20 vision. There are some very, very slight variations on a daily basis but only if I really think about it and close each eye for an informal eye check. When operating together they are fantastic. It is amazing that the other day I was watching, with a great deal of clarity, a bird flying around its nest. It must have been half a mile away. I repeat that I followed every single recommendation for my post-operative care procedures and this is very important. The operation is only the first step after which you must take responsibility for the end perfect result. After the operation I saw an article in a London paper how Dr Mearza went to Ghana, leading a large team who operated on 200 people to alleviate them of cataracts. So you know you are in caring hands. Ultimately the end result is excellent and as close to perfection as you can get. The only remaining question I have is ‘Why did I not do this years ago?’. I hope this helps other people make an informed decision.
What a fantastic experience...been mulling this over for a long time and finally decided to get it over with. I can hardly say this was even uncomfortable, certainly not painful. The team make you completely at ease, and the results are undeniable, absolutely fantastic. Perfect vision now. I can wholeheartedly recommend FOCUS! Mr. Allamby was absolutely brilliant and I can't fault the pre-op or aftercare. would recommend to anyone.
Mr. Allamby and Horizon were the last of many clinics I had been to. I'm glad I perservered. Mr. Allamby brought all the information that I needed to know together whereas the other clinics only seemed to give parts of the info. He answered all my questions, was patient and genuinely took an interest in the best possible solution to my shortsightedness. He even gave me the solution/cure to the re-occurent blepharitis that I had been suffering with for 9 years which gave me dry, itchy eyes including cysts. He would'nt perform any surgery until this condition cleared up...unlike other clinics, who were only too happy to get it done and bank my cash. It was worth seeing Mr. Allamby for this alone. I eventually had lasek on both eyes in April '05. Everything that I experienced did NOT come as a surprise or shock as I was very well informed by Mr. Allamby. Yes, I was a little anxious. No, the procedure did not hurt. Yes, my eyes were uncomfortable, gritty and watering for 5 days til the protective lenses came out. Yes, my vision did not stabalise for 4 weeks. Yes, I was driving and back at work the monday after the procedure. And yes, I did follow the course of eye drops religously for the required 3 months. Now I have near perfect vision. I am looking out my office window and can see a shop sign at least 200 meters away and what it says. My left eye is slightly better than my right, in fact, a week after the surgery it was very good in my left but my right eye is now almost the same.I have some halo-ing at night but this is improving. In conclusion, I would recommend Horizon and particularly Mr. Allamby to anybody considering laser surgery. I have recommended family and friends to him as I am that confident that it will be the best thing they have done for a very long time. I am 99% satisfied that I received the best treatment and I am awarding 5 stars to Horizon. If the treatment was free then I would be 100% satisfied. If like me you do the research before having this procedure done, on one of the most precious parts of your body, you will arrive at Horizon's door.
Eye Laser surgery was the best thing i have ever done. Words cannot describe how greatful i am to Dr Allamby. The staff at the clinic were very kind and helpful. It was a very relaxed atmosphere and the best part of all… it was hundreds of pounds cheaper than any other quote i had got ! As soon as i opened my eyes (SECONDS AFTER LASER SURGERY) for once in my life i could see the clock hanging above the door without contact lenses. I can now wake up and see the alarm clock or fall asleep watching TV without worrying about taking my contact lenses out. It is by far the best thing i have ever done.. I have recommended it to everyone who wears glasses and lenses. I couldn’t have wished for a better surgeon or a better clinic to have carried out the procedure. A big Thank you to everyone at Focus.
My experience at Laser Vision Focus was nothing but excellent. All the staff are very friendly and caring. I was fully informed prior to the surgery and therefore felt very comfortable during my entire treatment. I had contacted a few other Laser clinics when deciding to have the surgery and Laser Vision Focus was the only clinic where I felt I wasn't getting the hard sell and therefore appeared much more professional. I would happily recommend them to anyone!
FOCUS is definitely a place that I recommend to have laser eye surgery. As a medical student with an interest in ophthalmology I wanted to ensure that I was completely happy with the place chosen, the staff were extremely friendly and provided me with adequate details that made me confident in my decision to carry through with the treatment. I was happy and felt more secure that there were lots of tests to ensure that the surgeon and the staff was provided with the maximum amount of information regarding my eye to carry out the procedure. The aftercare was amazing, with clear instructions of what to expect afterwards and how to use the drops provided, and prophylactic antibiotics were reassuring also. The staff at FOCUS were extremely reassuring and friendly. It has had a huge impact on my life, and even to some extend is beneficial to my migraines. It is definitely a place that I am recommending to anybody I know who is considering laser eye surgery. Thanks you all for everything and creating a pleasant experience. :)
I had my surgery only yesterday afternoon and today, at my 1st check-up, I have better than 20:20 vision! The surgery itself was uncomfortable but not agony and was over in less than 10 minutes. Immediately after I could see brilliantly! I did have a fair amount of stinging and watering but after taking everyone's advice to have a nap when I got home, after only 1.5 hours of sleep they were dramatically better. And today? Well, it feels like I have a pair of dry lenses in, and even that feeling is diminishing as the hours pass. But best of all, everything is crystal clear! I cannot recommend Focus Laser Vision highly enough. From the really friendly lady on reception (I'm sorry, I never got your name!) to Ritu and Malisa, to Agnes who goes through the drops and to Mr Allamby himself and his lovely helpers actually during surgery - all wonderful! No pressure, just really friendly people who want the best for you. No hard-sell - in fact my surgery was delayed for a couple of weeks because of a slight inflammation - they wanted to ensure it had cleared up before surgery. I was thinking about surgery for 5 years before I plucked up the courage to do it. If you're the same, visit the lovely people at Focus Laser Vision - they'll really put your mind at rest without making you feel that you have to book this minute. Thoroughly, totally, completely recommended!