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
I have needed glasses since the age of 10 and worn contacts for the last 20 years
I have considered eye surgery for the last 14 years. And been bamboozled by different types, prices, reviews. I have missed the last 14 years of good vision through this confusion.
Find a surgeon you trust, ask questions about success rates and experience, read reviews. But do it.
Surgery was quick. The nurse briefing on the drops took longer. I was in and out within minutes. The initial consultations used machines and analysis of my eyes I had never seen before. I had complete trust in Mr Allan and his team. I could drive the next day. The process was smooth and healing happened before I knew it. My wife pointed out that my brain needed time to catch up with my new eyes! Find a surgeon you trust and do it. If you are looking for a surgeon then I completely trust Mr Allan.
Mr Bruce Allan replaced the lenses in my eyes in August 2014 and it has changed my life.
I have worn spectacles since the age of four and a half years of age. Now in my sixties. My sight changed from contracting measles at the age of four and never ever believed it would be possible for me to be either spectacle or contact lens free ever!
It took me a year to make the decision to go ahead with this procedure as I was extremely nervous about the whole thing. I only wish I had this done years ago, it’s amazing, I don’t even need reading glasses now and can read even the smallest of print. I would not have gone anywhere but Moorfields.
My brother who also has very bad eye sight is as amazed as I am and is planning to have the procedure too. I cannot recommend Bruce Allan highly enough. He is a lovely, patient, personable professional who explains everything clearly. He understood how anxious I was about the procedure and completely reassured me. The procedure was amazingly straightforward and does not hurt!!!!
No more spectacles to carry around, contact lenses or even readers, it’s just wonderful.
The surgery itself was quick and painless. I was talked through every step of the surgery by Mr Allan. Extremely happy with aftercare and results!
Was -6.5/-6.00. Very happy with the results so far -4 months post surgery and pretty much perfect vision (better than my previous best corrected vision). I found the 2 days after treatment very uncomfortable and didn’t start getting crisp vision until about day 20 but have had 0 complications. Very happy with the service provided by Mr Allan.
I met with Dr Bruce Allan at Moorfields in August and with my -10 far sightedness Lasik was going to be borderline. Dr Allan recommended ICLs instead. He explained the procedure and the cost, ~20% more than Lasik, and the benefits. I decided to go ahead and had the surgery done on two consecutive Friday afternoons.
The procedure itself takes a few minutes but altogether you are in the hospital for a few hours to prepare and ensure that you all ok to go. It is virtually pain free. The most uncomfortable moment is when the very bright light is put on in to the fully dilated pupil. Vision is quite blurred as you leave the hospital but it gets better quickly and within 3 days it is mostly back to normal during day time. Night vision is still slightly affected by minor and decreasing halo’s but it’s not a problem. Dr Allen explained this will go away with time as the brain starts filtering it out (apparently it has nothing to do with eye) and this is already happening.
One eye got corrected for perfect far vision and the other for optimal reading vision. As both eyes work together you essentially end up with best of both all the time.
I work on a trading floor and sit behind 6 large computer screens reading data all day. I have no problems whatsoever. In fact , this is much better than wearing normal contact lenses as the airco can tends to reduce moisture. The other remarkable benefit I noticed is that my eyes don’t dry out anymore after taking a shower in the gym when wearing contacts. After wearing contacts for decades I am still so conditioned to this that is almost weird that this isn’t happening anymore. I do find my eyes a tiny bit more ‘sticky’ in the morning when I wake up but that’s no worry to me. I’m just trying to come up with anything that is somewhat different.
The aftercare is thorough and efficient. I met with Dr Allan today for the final check up and everything has worked out much as I had hoped. I am delighted with the results and the whole routine at Moorfields. The ICL technology has been proven. It is an amazing technology and put in the capable hands of Dr Allan and his team I think you‘ll be happy with the results.
I don’t know if I would have opted for ICLs had my vision been less myopic. I like the non-intrusiveness and the potential reversibility of ICLs. I am sure many people are very happy with the results of Lasik too but if the extra money not a matter of great concern, you should certainly consider both options and ask your specialist about the benefits of ICLs.
Good preparation, Very good results and very good aftercare, would recommend Bruce Allan and his team to friends, family and everyone.
Mr Allan was a fantastic surgeon: confident, competent and without any attempt to “sell” me the surgery prior to my decision. Having worn glasses for 20 years, I now have excellent vision, with no need of glasses at all. I could not recommend the surgery, nor Mr Allan, enough. It has been extremely liberating!
An excellent service and can not express how delighted I am with the results. Mr Allan was very helpful and reassuring, as I was nervous. I wish had had seen him years, the surgery have completely changed my life.
I had a fantastic experience with Mr Allan at Moorfields. I was short sighted with a very high prescription and astigmatism and also needed reading glasses, so I was keen to find the best possible treatment. Mr Allan explained everything very carefully and the operation went well. By correcting one eye for close work and the other for distance, I can now do without any glasses. I would highly recommend Mr Allan.
Excellent care from beginning to end and am very happy with the result of treatment