With a strong track record in surgical innovation and over 60 publications in international medical journals, Mr Bruce Allan is one of the UK’s leading academic refractive surgeons.
The good news? Mr Allan comes high up in the list of the 10 best laser eye surgeons in the UK, based on thousands of patient reviews since 2002.
Is there anything I should know? As you would expect from a top Moorfields surgeon, Dr Allan costs a fair bit more than his contemporaries at other clinics. You may like to read all our surgeon reviews to find if there is an equally esteemed professional at a lower price point, if budget is a priority.
So is he the one? If you would like a second opinion, you can find the top-rated eye surgery clinic near you using our simple tool here, and book a free consultation with an eye expert to discuss your options.
1. About Mr Bruce Allan
Mr Bruce Allan qualified in medicine from Cambridge in 1985 and was appointed as a Consultant Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital in 1998 after advanced specialist training in the UK, South Africa, and Australia.
He was appointed as the Service Director for Refractive Surgery at Moorfields in 2012, and has remained at this clinic since 1998.
He and his wife, Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Maria Teresa Casasus Borrell, live in North London with their three daughters. He is a keen football fan and sailor.
In a nutshell:
- Clinic name: Moorfields Eye Hospital
- Qualification: MD FRCS FRCOphth
- Address: Moorfields Eye Hospital, 162 City Rd, London EC1V 2PD
- Area: Central London
2. Clinical Experience
Mr Bruce Allan has a range of expertise in sight correction treatments, including laser refractive surgery, ICL implantation, cataract and corneal transplantation, refractive lens exchange, and keratoconus treatment.
That means, he may be help you achieve 20/20 vision, even if you have been turned away by less experienced surgeons at other clinics.
Current professional activities include:
- NHS practice specializing in cataract surgery and corneal transplantation
- Private practice specializing in laser eye surgery and implants for vision correction
- Regular presentations at international research meetings, press, radio and television comment on developments in laser eye surgery, cataract and corneal transplantation
- Peer review for international medical journals and research grant funding bodies
- Specialist advice for NICE and MHRA
- Current research interests include
- Multiple regression analysis to enhance accuracy in wavefront LASIK
- New techniques of corneal endothelial transplantation for Fuchs dystrophy
- Non-transplant interventions for keratoconus
3. Training and Qualifications
Bruce Allan graduated in medicine from Cambridge in 1985, and was appointed as a Consultant Surgeon at Moorfields in 1998.
Before that, he engaged in advanced specialist training in the UK, South Africa, and Australia. He was Training Director for the Corneal Service at Moorfields for over 10 years, and Service Director for Refractive Surgery from 2012 to 2019.
He is currently chairing the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Refractive Surgery Standards Working Group and is an EU Cornea Board member.
Current research interests include:
- Enhancing treatment accuracy in laser refractive surgery
- Laser assisted corneal transplantation
- Early intervention and visual rehabilitation in keratoconus
4. Patient Reviews
“From initial consultation to final check up the whole process was amazing – the procedure was quick and totally pain free I had no problems at all following the procedure and my sight just kept improving on a daily basis it was worth every penny – i don’t need glasses at all.
Would highly recommend Moorfields Private clinic for anyone thinking if having this done they are the best. Thank you Mr. Allan.“ –
Mrs S Whiting
“If I could give higher than a 5 rating I would.
Bruce Allan was absolutely brilliant from my initial consultation onwards. He answered all my questions in a calm and reassuring manner, which made me feel immediately at ease.
He talked me through all the benefits and the drawbacks of the procedure, in a highly professional manner, which made me feel like I was in very, very, safe hands.” – Jack Green
“Excellent result and no longer need glasses for reading and writing with eyes getting better every day. Would thoroughly recommend Bruce and the process from start to finish was outstanding.” – Mike McMillen
As you may have seen, Moorfields Private offers prices at the upper end, given the top-of-the-range equipment and high experience levels of its surgeons.
The exact cost of your treatment will depend on the surgeon ou choose. That’s because the laser eye consultants are employed by Moorfields, and set their own fees.
Laser eye surgery costs with Mr Bruce Allan cost £2,485 per eye for common laser eye surgery such as LASIK or LASEK. These prices rise to between £3,320 and £4,155 per eye for more complex procedures including cataract surgery and ICL.
An initial consultation will set you back £200, or £300 for a second opinion. If you would like a free consultation to explore your options, it’s worth considering clinics such as Optical Express or Optimax where you can receive free quotes.
- Consultation: £200
- Second opinion: £300
All post-surgical consultations are included within the procedure fee, as part of your comprehensive aftercare package.
Patients considering laser eye surgery usually book one to two consultations prior to receiving treatment. You can book your first appointment on the Moorfields Private website.
Treatment costs (per eye)
- LASIK or LASEK eye surgery: £2,000 – £2,500
- Refractive lens exchange (RLE) or cataract surgery: £3,000 – £4,000
- ICL implantation surgery: £3,000 – £4,000
Are there any extra costs? You may also need to consider covering your potential stay in the hospital for private treatment. Moorfields Private hospital fees tend to range from £900 to £1800, depending on the procedure.
However, recovery times vary, and many eye treatments allow you to leave following the surgery.
☛ Want a tailored quote? The only way to compare exact quotes is to see an eye expert for a check-up. These can cost up to £250, but with our simple tool, you can find out how much laser or lens surgery will cost you at Optical Express for free.
6. The Verdict
So, is Mr Allan the right eye surgeon for you? Of course, that all depends on where you live, and what you’re looking for.
His prices are some of the highest in the UK. But then again, he is extremely experienced, and if the reviews are anything to go by, you are likely to get what you pay for.
That said, eye surgery is considered a safe elective surgery by the General Medical Council (GMC), so no one should feel obliged to spend any more than they are comfortable with.
If you’d like to find out more, you can always attend free consultations with a range of surgeons to see where you feel happy.
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Mr Bruce Allan Reviews
fantastic results!!, great treatment and after-care!!,friendly, professional and helpful team. I didn't feel any pain or discomfort,the consultation, operation and actually every stage went smoothly and perfect. Mr Bruce Allan is a wonderful person and for me the best surgeon in the world!!!!!. I would like to tell again "Thank you" to him, to always kind, smiling and helpful Angelique and to the great team (unfortunately I don't remember their names). Congratulations!!!! and all the best for everybodyMonika Obodzinska
They managed to turn something as unpleasant as surgery into a painless process. They were professional, kind, attentive and always ready to listen and answer your questions. The results have been fantastic. I highly recommend Mr. Allan and his team.
Very well looked after by an extremely competent and friendly team. Had very little discomfort after the procedure and my eyesight settled pretty quickly and continues to improve. I don't think about it nowadays which is a sure sign of the surgery's success.
LASIK at Moorfields was the best thing I ever did! Obviously I had concerns about the procedure however it was explained at length by Bruce at my initial consultation, and leading up the surgery Angelique was available at the end of the phone to answer any questions and reassure any fears I had. The actual procedure wasn't half as bad as I had imagined and I felt at ease with all the staff on the day. I felt reassured throughout the procedure and was amazed how quickly it was over. I even walked out the operating room leaving my glasses on the side. I suffered very little discomfort after, but knew if there were any issues, there would be a full medical team available. I have had my follow up appointment and sight is great. Would recommend treatment with Bruce to anyone.
Excellent, well worth the money and definitely worth spending a bit more to get really good care, expertise, equipment, follow-up. No problems at all during or since.
Bruce Allan was fantastic. I'm so happy I went ahead with the laser eye surgery - it is one of the best things I ever did. My prescription was -5 before and I've just had my 3 month check up and have better than 20 20 vision. I also have no dryness or any other issues. The customer service was excellent at Moorfields. Its definitely worth the extra money for the piece of mind that Moorfields gives you and I highly recommend Bruce Allan.
I chose Moorfields Eye Hospital on a recommendation from a friend. Moorfields is certainly the best place to go for surgery in terms of the quality and experience of the surgeons and the technology, along with the excellent after-care. Knowing that you are in the best place possible for correcting your eyesight is very reassuring. The pre-assessment was excellent, the staff friendly and helpful. The surgeon was Bruce Allan. Surgery was pain free and the treatment corrected my myopia and astigmatism. I would not hesitate to have the surgery again. I only wish I had it many years ago. I would say that my experience at Moorfields was fantastic and I do not regret my decision to pay that little bit extra for the best. Very pleased indeed.
I am a keen sportsman (football, tennis etc) and can honestly say that LASIK has made a massive difference. Mr Bruce Allan treated me earlier this year and he and his team at Moorfields did a great job at every stage. The initial consultation was thorough, the surgery was much easier than I thought it would be, and the results are excellent. I was pretty anxious on the day of the operation and found the way Mr Allan coached me through the treatment particularly helpful. I was at work the next day and have not looked back. Thoroughly recommended.
I had my surgery in March 2011 with Bruce Allan.I am absolutely delighted with the results, it was painless. My friend collect me from the Hospital then I came straight home, put the eyes drop as per instructions.After a few hours I could read the newspaper without the glasses, I felt such a freedom. I highly recommend, it is a money well spent.Many thanks Mr Allan for your good work.RegardsSilene Milsom
I have always worn glasses as long as I can remember. However, at 38 I was finding that my short vision even with glasses was getting worse and making reading very difficult.Bruce Allan and Alvin checked my eyes and gave a couple of options from Lasik in one eye, lense replacement in later life. However, having discussed the room behind my actual lense, we decided that ICL was the best option and was completely reversable. This was important to me as I have a history of Glaucoma and Cataracts in my family.I have now had 2 implants and my life has changed dramatically.I no longer wear glasses and can see perfectly clearly.I would highly recommend Mr Allan and his team.They are extremely thorough and do not recommend surgery that is not in the patients best interests.Excellent - highly recommended.