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Mr David Allamby

Dr David Allamby laser eye surgeon

61 Reviews

If you ever decide to have laser eye surgery, Focus Clinic is the place to have it!First of all, I am not paid to write this review. I only decided to pen down my experience having seen some less distinguished practices elsewhere. ...Read more

Mr David Allamby specialises in LASIK, LASEK, Conductive Keratoplasty (CK) and other laser eye treatments at Focus Clinic, which he himself founded, and where he now works as the medical director.

Mr Allamby also happened to be the first surgeon in the UK to perform CK for long-sightedness (presbyopia), helping to free his patients from reading glasses. He also stands out as one of the only laser eye surgeons in the UK to focus solely on refractive laser treatment full-time, making him a leader in this field.

For these reasons and many more, David Allamby sits proudly in the list of the 10 top laser eye surgeons in the UK, based on thousands of patient reviews on Lasik Eyes since 2002.

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1. Qualifications

Mr David Allamby, FRCS(Ed), FRCOphth graduated from Sheffield University Medical School in 1987, and has specialised in ophthalmic surgery since 1989. He became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and then a fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in 1993.

David Allamby has worked at some of the United Kingdom’s leading eye centres, including Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.

As you would expect from a leading laser eye surgeon, Mr Allamby has published work – in ocular scar formation – whilst at the University of Manchester, which received funding from the prestigious Wellcome Trust grant.

2. Experience

Mr Allamby peforms the main types of laser eye surgery: LASIK and LASEK laser eye treatment, and CK radio eye correction – an innovative treatment for age-related vision issues – using state-of-the-art technology.

He works closely with each of his patients to determine which procedure most suits them, believing in the importance of his clients’ active participation through a process of full informed consent, so they can decide together which option is best.

In addition to clocking up more than 3,000 LASIK and LASEK laser surgeries to date, Mr Allamby has performed over 2,000 CK radio eye treatments, as well as providing CK surgery training to visiting consultants from countries around the world.

His particular expertise lies in the enhanced ‘light touch’ CK technique (a technique now adopted as standard by surgeons across the globe), which he partly pioneered at FOCUS Laser Vision and has more experience in than any other doctor in the world.

As a thought leader, David also runs a new informational blog for anyone wanting to learn more about LASIK and PRK laser eye surgery. It includes general information for UK patients, polling on key topics (currently on LASIK prices), informational videos and PDFs including watching live LASIK eye surgery and of course the opportunity to post your replies to blog topics, ask questions and request blog postings on subjects of interest.

3. Focus Clinic

Mr Allamby is the Chief Surgeon at Focus Clinic, a renowned Harley Street eye clinic. Focus enjoys a reputation as the go-to for celebrities, and claims of a 99.7% success rate for standard surgeries.

What makes it different? As you would expect from any independent eye clinic, it’s the consultants who led Focus Clinics, which means you’re unlikely to face hard sales strategies to use particular equipment, or accept a specific treatment.

Is there anything to look out for? As always, when choosing the right laser eye surgery provider for you, you don’t need to feel pressured into paying than you are comfortable with. With no finance options, and some of the highest laser eye surgery costs, this clinic won’t be for everyone.

4. Mr David Allamby Review: The Verdict

So, is Mr Allamby the right eye surgeon for you? Of course, that all depends on where you live, which treatment would suit your prescription, and what your budget is.

David Allamby is the medical director of one of the best laser eye surgery clinics in London, so if you live in the capital you may like to arrange an initial consultation with him to discuss your options.

That said, you’ll find cheaper laser and lens replacement costs elsewhere. If your optometrist diagnoses you with uncomplicated eye health, common procedures such as LASIK have a high success rate wherever you go, so you don’t have to feel pressured into paying more than you would like.

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Mr David Allamby Reviews


28 Nov 2006

Dr Allamby performed my CK treatment. Not only is he a very nice man - but he seems to be very good at his job. Highly recommended!

21 Mar 2012

Reading some of the reviews on the site is part of what convinced me to go have a look at Focus for a consultation and I wasn't disappointed. Looked at 8 other places and Focus were by far the friendliest, most knowledgeable and professional. Got my treatment done about a year ago and haven't looked back since. excellect post-op customer service, the surgeon is on call whenever you need him, they all know your name and face and treat you with utmost care. Don't be tempted to compromise on who you go to if you think you've found a good deal - this is your eyesight we're talking about. It's worth saving up a little longer to know it's in good hands and Allamby is one of the best in the country.

09 May 2011

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.

25 Mar 2013

I have just come in for my 24 hour post surgery check-up. Yesterday was very stressful as I was very nervous beforehand as laser eye surgery was something I had wanted to have done for several years but hadn’t had the nerve to do until now. I did a bit of research beforehand including asking friends of their experiences and I have to say that I definitely chose the right place. From the moment that I arrived for the initial consultation until today the team at Focus have been so friendly, reassuring and thoroughly professional. My surgeon David Allamby gave me absolutely no doubt that he was about to do the best job possible and thus far the results are proving this to be true as my vision is amazing. Thank you!

03 Oct 2011

Glad to have got rid of the varifocal glasses.Thank you for all the professional guidance I received before and after the surgery.

02 Jul 2018

Good vision is required for the work that I do and my eyes did not take well to contact lenses. A friend of mine recommended FOCUS, he said how great the team was and how they put your needs first and take great care of you.

I booked a consultation and was thoroughly impressed from the moment I arrived, the checks they carried out were detailed not just practically involving my eyes but in identifying my lifestyle needs, as a result of this due to the activities I undertake I was advised that LASEK would be best suited. Everything was fully explained to me from the procedure to the aftercare, what to expect on the day of surgery right up to the 12 month check up afterwards.

No decision was asked of me during consultation I was advised to think over what had been discussed and they would contact me in a couple of days after I had time to think to ensure I was not pressurised into making any decision.

The day of surgery I was naturally nervous, however the team were very professional and caring and put me at ease they explained to me and my partner what drops to take and when to take them and made sure I was happy with the information I had received. The whole procedure itself lasted less than than ten minutes and the time the laser was in contact with my eye was only seconds.

I was advised for the first few days I would feel discomfort prior to returning on the third day for the contact lens being removed. I did not feel any pain during the recovery phase as anticipated and when I had the lens removed on the third day my eye had healed over.

Within a week my vision was fantastic I could read number plates on cars and street signs at distance. The team at FOCUS continued with their excellent care on my follow up checks even to this day 12 months after surgery. My vision is perfect which makes work and life so much easier.

I would thoroughly recommend FOCUS to anyone, if you are considering laser eye treatment you will find out everything you need to know at consultation.

23 Feb 2008

i had op on eyes 21/02/08 my prescription was +4.00 r+l long sighted from day of consultation to follow up Mr Allemby and staff were very kind, reassuring and totally professional throughout,i am a very nervous patient but found they reassured me at every stage and would highly recommend Mr Allemby and laser vision focus to anybody thinking of having it done.After 50 years i now have the wonderful gift of 20/20 vision.Thank you Mr Allemby

05 Apr 2012

I really can't recommend Focus highly enough. I had blended laser surgery yesterday and just one day later have better than 20/20 vision.The whole team there are caring and reassuring from the initial consultation through surgery to post op. check ups .The op itself really is painless although a little uncomfortable but that only lasts for 20 seconds or so.Iwas pretty nervous(after all you only get one pair of eyes and what if...?)but there was absolutely no need to be whatsoever.David Allamby completely put me at ease,talked me through the entire procedure,explained what he was doing and was very calming.I felt completely safe in his hands.Afterwards my sight was blurry (he told me it would be for a couple of hours) and my eyes felt incredibly heavy(again he had explained to me that would happen)so no nasty surprises.After a couple of hours sleep and some anaesthetic drops (because your eyes may feel stingy - like when you peel an onion) I woke up and it was certainly an OMG!! experience.One day on and I can honestly say that there is no pain whatsoever although a little "gritty" feeling which is getting better as the day wears on.Lots of drops to put in and sunglasses to wear for a week but what a revelation!! I never knew I was meant to be able to see as well as this.If you're even only thinking about having laser eye surgery I urge you to contact Focus you can rest assured you will get the best treatment possible and you'll be so glad you did :)

09 May 2011

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.

08 Apr 2013

After several months of deliberation, I decided that I would like to proceed with having laser eye surgery. So, I went to a very well-known High Street opticians to find out how to proceed, but they told me it was impossible to have laser eye surgery, due to the fact I have an astigmatism in both eyes. After doing some extensive research online I found that Focus Laser vision were able to operate on some patients with astigmatisms. So, I phoned to find out more. From the moment that I picked up the phone and spoke to the receptionist, who was extremely friendly and informative, I had no hesitation in booking my initial consultation.The thought of having laser eye surgery was extremely daunting, but I can honestly say that from the moment I walked into the clinic, I knew I was in the best place. Every single member of staff I dealt with was friendly, informative, helpful, and caring. Dr Allamby and his team were absolutely fantastic. The procedure didn't take very long and Dr Allamby talked me through every single step. I felt no pain whatsoever. The after-care service and support is second-to-none. I am happy to report that I now have better than 20/20 vision and no need for glasses anymore. Had I known it would be this easy, I would have had this surgery a long time ago. I simply cannot recommend Focus Laser vision highly enough, they are absolutely outstanding in every way

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