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Mr Bruce Allan

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon Mr Bruce Allan

74 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 wo ... Read more

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


5. Prices

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 costs

  • 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

Rating Date

28 Mar 2012

Thrilled with the results. Very professional team, I dealt mainly with Angelique and she was very helpful in terms of responding to information requests, making appointments,after-procedure support etc. Mr Allan inspires great confidence and I felt I was in very capable hands. I had been considering Laser corrective surgery for a long time and so by the time I'd made the decision to pick up the phone, (assuming I was deemed a suitable candidate) I was keen to proceed asap. I was fortunate in that when I called to arrange the initial consultation, I was also able to provisionally book in for the procedure so from first phone-call to seeing without lenses/glasses was less than a month in total and I was able to plan the appointments and the procedure/recovery afternoon around work, travel, family commitments.... The procedure itself was less than 20minutes and Mr Allan talked me through with as much detail as I wanted (not much!) After the follow-up appointment the next morning, I went straight to work. Just been for 3month check up and vision is perfect. I have no discomfort, no dry eyes - no negative effects whatsoever! Incredibly pleased with the results and wouldn't hesitate in recommending Mr.Allan and his team to friends. Its such a pleasure to not faff about with lenses anymore - really life changing!

24 Oct 2014

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.

21 Oct 2012

Laser eye surgery was a very big step for me as I had been wearing glasses for 46 years. I did a lot of research into the procedure beforehand and Moorfields was clearly the best in the field.I picked Mr Bruce Allan in view of the high recommendations that he had received from patients. I must say those recommendations are highly justified. He is a very amicable, knowledgeable consultant who immediately puts his patients at ease in view of his friendly manner. He was keen to ensure that all my questions were answered beforehand and that I was completely comfortable with the procedure.This is a very professional practice and his team were great. I was very impressed by the way they handle themselves.The procedure was completed very successfully in 30 minutes and after 40 years I was able to rise from the operating theatre and be able to see clearly! The after care was also excellent and my eyes suffered as is normal some minor discomfort during the first 24 hours. Due to the suction they use, there is some redness in the eyes but this went in 3 days, a lot less time then many people I have known who have had the treatment at high street outlets. My eyes are now perfect and no follow up treatment was necessary.There are many places now to have laser eye surgery and clearly Moorfields is probably the most expensive. However, they are the best and this is the most important when considering your eyes. There was no hard sell and in fact no sell at all as Mr Allan's reputation speaks for itself.I would highly recommend Bruce Allan, his team and Moorfields for laser eye surgery.

16 Apr 2015

I am pleased with the outcome. I was able to return to work within two days of surgery and I no longer require glasses. The level of care was very good and I would certainly recommend Mr Allan and his team.

19 Jun 2011

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.

07 Jul 2013

Excellent service and results. Would highly recommend.

28 Mar 2012

Doctor Allen nad his staff were amazing at every stage of the process! The operation was pinless and in less than 3 days I was back to my everyday life..

24 Oct 2014

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.

09 Dec 2015

I am pleased with the outcome. I was able to return to work within two days of surgery and I no longer require glasses. The level of care was very good and I would certainly recommend Mr Allan and his team.

11 Nov 2012

I am more than happy with the results of my surgery and with the care I received at Moorefields. After wearing glasses all my life, I no longer need to, which really has been life changing. Mr Allan and his team were friendly and professional. If you are in any way hesitating to go for the surgery, don't! I wish I had done it years ago, instead of procrastinating. I was terrified, so much so that I worried that I wouldn't go through with the surgery - even when I was in the chair, but I am so glad that I did.

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