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
Ever since i was twelve i've needed glasses. I've gradually got worse and worse but within the past three years slowed down and have currently not had any change for over 2 years. I'm now twenty-one and i am lucky enough to have been given the gift of sight again. I've been wearing contact lenses for around 5-6 years and they've gradually made my eyes so dry that i had to stop wearing them altogether. I had my consultation in september 2003 and Dr. Allamby made me feel very comfortable and definately knew what he was talking about. My father had researched the LASEK procedure and David Allamby is one of the most qualified in europe so i knew i was in good hands. I had the LASEK procedure at the beginning of october to correct me from -4.00 in both eyes. Immediately after the procedure i could see almost as well as with glasses. One eye was slightly worse but overall i was initially very optimistic. The week of the procedure my eyes were very uncomfortable for two or three days and my vision got slightly worse, especially in the eye which wasn't as good after the operation. Five days after the procedure, and after i'd had the protective contact lenses taken out (to much relief as they get very gritty) i was starting to worry as my right eye still hadn't cleared up, even though everything i was going through was predicted and warned about by David. He told me that it was due to the epithelium regrowing and it should clear up within a couple of days. That it did and while my right eye wasnt quite as good as my left, i could see incredibly well just 1 week after the operation. I had a review visit again post 2weeks, then at 1 1/2 months i had a checkup to find that i now had 20/20 vision. Unbelievable, and to make things even better, David said thatmy vision would get even better and the slight dryness i was experiencing at night would clear up as i fully healed. It has now been 2 1/2 months since my procedure, just 10 weeks and my third checkup showed that not only were my eyes in perfect health, with no hazing, but i had 20/15 vision. Topgun standard vision. I am so gratefull for this miracle and would recommend David without any hesitation. Thanks David,
Brilliant - great to be able to see without glasses after 20 years. The clinic had a clean and peaceful atmosphere, with caring and kind staff from the receptionist to the surgeon. Would definitely recommend to friends needing surgery. I still don't understand why the NHS does not support such work, but am pleased that clinics like this exist to help.
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. :)
Glad to have got rid of the varifocal glasses.Thank you for all the professional guidance I received before and after the surgery.
After becoming irritated by my worsening eyesight and ever increasing dependency on reading glasses, I began to research the options. Blended Vision seemed to me to be the best treatment available, though I did feel anxious about the procedure, particularly as I did not personally know anyone who’d taken this route.
It felt especially important therefore to find the best clinic with the most experienced surgeons, and that is how, after many hours, days and weeks of reading everything I could find, I ended up making an appointment at Focus. By this time, my husband had become interested in my findings and decided that he’d like to come along too.
From the moment we arrived at the clinic, we were overwhelmed by the professional, attentive and friendly manner of the staff. They felt like a cohesive team who delight in achieving great results. We felt that the preliminary examinations were so thorough and that we were in very safe hands.
On the day of the procedure, we were again treated spectacularly well, and although I felt a little nervous, the staff eased those nerves. There was some very minor discomfort for an hour or two after the treatment, but by the evening, my husband and I were laughing happily as we sat reading our menus in a restaurant… without glasses!
For the first month or so I did find that by the end of the day my eyes felt really tired, and I did get some dryness.
It is now about 3 months since then, and my sight is superb. I can read, text, write, type and see near and far. My husband has had a similar success.
We’re both so grateful to Focus and would not hesitate for a moment in recommending the clinic and this procedure to others.
Claire Hext (Mrs)
My son Peter had lasik eye treatment by Dr. David Allumby at the Horizon Eye Centre in London in March. It has changed his life. The treatment was first class and so was the aftercare service he received. We would not hesitate in recommending the clinic; it has changed Peter's life!
I am delighted from start to finish with my service and procedure from Focus Laser Vision, I would recommend them to anyone. It was a perfect experience and the after care has been first class!
Wow! I am so happy with both the results of my surgery and the professionalism of Mr Mearza and his team at FOCUS Laser Vision. I keep explaining to people 'it's like life in HD'!. My prescription before surgery was around -2.75, with marked astigmatisms, in both eyes. I, like many other reviewers, visited other clinics, namely ultralase and optical express. Both of which gave me little or no explanation of the process but were very hot on selling me their products. These ranged from 'standard' at about £1500, through 'gold' at about £2500 to 'approved by NASA and US military' at the £4200 mark. FOCUS was totally different. They carried out the required tests on my eyes (better than other clinics) and told me what they would recommend. The only option they presented was the one which was best for me and my vision. During my initial consultation the staff explained everything they were doing and what would happen should I go ahead. I was especially pleased when I had the opportunity (as it was not in use) to see the operating/laser room where the procedure takes place. This really helped ease my apprehension. The openness and informativeness of the staff was comforting and confidence boosting and, although I pencilled in a suitable date for surgery, I made no commitment at the time. Armed with information, and clear costs, I left enjoying the chance to discuss with my partner and family about the treatment. I called just a day after and confirmed my appointment! The big day arrived and I was stunned at how painless and quick the procedure was. Mr Mearza, and his staff, talked me through the steps and gave me countdowns like, '10 seconds of this' etc. The preparation of holding the eye open takes the most time! After both eyes were treated, Mr Mearza asked me to look at the clock and tell him the time. 'Ten past four', I said. Then realisation hit! I'd read a clock, on the otherside of the room, without glasses or contacts. I nearly cried I was so happy! Admittedly, I felt a bit like I was underwater, due to the drops, but I knew then my vision was great. Recovery room for 30 minutes, which I found a little uncomfortable, but eased when I sat up. Eye check- at least 20/20. Home on the tube/train which was probably the most uncomfortable thing for me - it was a super sunny June day and even with my shades on it felt bright. When I got home, I lay down for an hour or so in a darkened room. Administered the drops as directed. Got up and ate evening meal with my partner and watched a bit of TV. All over, uncomfortable (not painful) itchy, hot, stingy feelings 100% gone. Lasted less than 3 hours. 'Facebook'ed how pleased I was, then retired for the night. Woke up in the morning and headed off to my 24 hour check up, a real spring in my step, grinning like the cheshire cat and reading every numberplate in the distance, out loud, just because I could! Eye test 20/15. So happy. Mr Mearza and his team gave me the best possible vision I could have. I am at 6 weeks now and am still amazed. The team at FOCUS gave me the confidence to have the procedure done, treated me with respect and valued my custom. I have recommended FOCUS to everyone I have spoken to about laser correction and will continue to do so. If you are considering laser correction, consider the others if you must but if you are keen for top class service, you will choose FOCUS.
Absolutely brilliant. David Allamby was fantastic, extremely professional and reassuring. Very relieved I chose this clinic. Would not trust anyone else with my sight!