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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

Rating Date

18 Oct 2011

Helpful, pleasant, considerate and thoughtful staff, particularly Joanne on reception, who is exceptional! The whole ethos of this place is based on client-care and customer-satisfaction. I really can't fault them - absolutely excellent. By the way, getting rid of my glasses and being able to read/sew etc is FANTASTIC too!

02 Dec 2018

In one word, “Brilliant!”

Definitely recommend Focus to family and friends. Very professional from stage 1 to finish. Also top surgeons, that know what they are doing when it comes to laser eye surgery.

If in doubt, don’t be, visit FOCUS!

08 Oct 2008

Mr Allenby and his staff are a highly professional team who have done a great job with my eyes. The attention to detail and the after-care and subsequent tests are second to none. I would thoroughly recommend his clinic to anyone.

04 Jun 2012

As a result of my high myopia (R -7.00, L -7.75), astigmatism (R -1.75, L -1.50), age related presbyopia and thin corneas, I was not able to have LASIK from high street "suppliers". I found Focus Laser Vision on the internet. They looked at me and I was offered blended laser treatment - this is not available from mainstream / conventional clinics and is therefore not discussed – which I went for. This was followed up with a PRK surface treatment for the right eye to remove a small residual astigmatism – no extra cost involved. I was able to get everything fixed for what was quite an extreme prescription! I have been so pleased, that I arranged for my daughter to have treatment by Focus in London rather than locally (in Cambridge) and my wife is having treatment there this summer. All members of the Focus team have been extremely helpful on our “journeys” and I recommend them to any reader of this comment.

19 May 2011

A friendly service that practically hold your hand as the surgeon reshapes your eyes.A skilled surgeon that perfectly restores your vision to what it was meant to be.Perfect HD Vision: yeah... in this case: Seeing is believing.Now seriously:The Customer care was very friendly and most important they weren't pushy. The Surgeon was very relaxed and confident and dealt with the procedure perfectly.The Result? Better than 20/20 vision and I could see fairly well right after the surgery.Its been 36 days now and I can see perfectly, both eyes. I can read books and play computer, watch 3d movies, exercise at the gym, no worries.Highly recommended, you will not regret itYours TrulyK

08 Apr 2018

Blended Vision- All at Focus were extremely pleasant, reassuring and professional and Mr Allamby is clearly a highly skilled surgeon. Focus was recommended to me and I will recommend to others. I wish I’d had it done years ago!

20 Oct 2011

I had Z-Lasik to both eyes 6 weeks ago and have just been for my monthly check up. Extremely positive experience with Focus and Dave Allamby and his team. Very professional and slick set up. Procedure itself was quick and mildly disconcerting, but by no means painful. Eyes were sore initially once the meds wore off, but anaesthetic drops helped and by the evening I could watch TV comfortably. Some dryness over the first month, but now my eyes are absolutely fine and vision is excellent - 2 lines better than 20/20 (20/12 ?) I got a great deal with a discount voucher, but even without, would thoroughly recommend Focus to anyone thinking about Laser eye surgery.

11 Nov 2008

I wanted to say a massive thank you for my z-lasik treatment which I received last week. The whole process was painless from start to finish. What an outstanding result in just one week at my check up.Focus clinic, it's staff and Mr Allamby are excellent. I can’t thank you enough.

16 Jul 2012

100% CUSTOMER SATISFACTION. That spoke to me. From the first contact with Malisa on the telephone (who is an absolute star), it was all about “What can WE give?”, not “What can I get?” They’ve got something really special going on here and they don’t need to convince me - professional excellence and quality of conduct speaks for itself. Every one of the Focus team I’ve met has been consistently open, friendly, welcoming, accomodating and AVAILABLE. I continue to receive OVER AND ABOVE the level of care, expert advice, courtesy and consideration that I would expect from anyone. They give you full information as to who they are (and that just happens to be the OUTSTANDING EXPERTS in their field!), what they do, and how everything works. Not one decision has been made without me being included, every step of the way.I’d had 3 dissatisfying conclusions from 3 leading providers, so I was fully prepared to pay twice the price to get THE BEST – this IS central London! But Focus were able to quote me an accurate cost of treatment - at around £200 LESS THAN ANY OTHER PROVIDER - before I even came along to see them. Plus I got a £500 discount through a special offer, and all this comes with LIFETIME AFTERCARE with the SAME SURGEON. This level of learning, expertise, research and technology doesn’t come at ‘high street’ prices, but not for one minute did I feel like these people were trying to ‘sell’ me something. Instead there was a strong and quiet assurance that they are damn good at what they do, because their heart and soul is in this work, and that they really are doing their best to make it as affordable and available as they can for us.Mr David Allamby, the surgeon who performed my treatment, has a real gift. My prescription was R -8.00 and L -8.50 with astigmatism of R -1.5 and L -1.25. I don’t know how he did it!! No-one else could. He assured me he would make his best effort to get me as close to 20/20 as possible - I knew he meant it. He talked me through every second of the surgical procedure, I didn’t have a chance to get scared about it. Dr Allamby meets you with equanimity, congruence, and integrity. He is not only a highly-qualified medical/healthcare practitioner who is clearly fulfilling his purpose in life, he is also a gentleman. I’ve met a lot of slick, super-successful, money-grabbing ego-maniacs! Professionalism alone doesn’t reach people. This man’s kindness, humility, generosity and engaged passion for what he does are an absolute joy to be around. I can’t thank him enough for doing what he does, and perhaps why he does it – not for any self-serving aggrandisement, but for the genuine benefit of others.The quality of the service Focus provides and dedication to the well-being of their patients is second to none. Safety is paramount, and consideration of the long-term health and happiness of each individual patient clearly comes first. I see A LOT OF HAPPY PEOPLE whenever I come to the Focus clinic. The most valuable thing you can give another human being is your time and attention – and that is what you get here. I have been held though this whole process. This is a team of authentic, honest, totally trustworthy, and genuinely LOVELY people! I would not trust anyone else with my sight – believed me, I’ve tried.Dr Allamby has not just corrected my extremely short sight – he has changed the lens I see the world through. It’s no longer ‘me’ and this ‘world’ I’m looking out at - it’s MY WORLD and I feel FULLY ALIVE in it, and TOTALLY INSPIRED. Gratitude abounds. I am OVERJOYED at waking up and being able to SEE!; at watching the stars at night with my naked eye (& no halos!); at getting caught in the rain when I’m cycling, because it really doesn’t matter anymore!!…………And while I’m seeing my life now with CRYSTAL CLEAR & BRIGHT, BETTER THAN 20/20 VISION new eyes, somebody in a less affluent country is probably looking at their own children for the first time in years - Focus made me a part of that. Check out their EYE FOR AN EYE CHARITY. JUST AMAZING. I’ve never had my money used so wisely by somebody else! Total respect to these guys. I wish each and every member of the Focus team all the continued success and happiness they deserve in all of their lives. 10/10. THANK YOU a million times!!!

23 May 2011

A thorough consultation gave me sufficient & more information to allow me to make an informed and appropriate decision to go with Focus. The team are highly professional, the environment clean & comfortable. Once I decided to proceed, the equipment was indeed amazing and, as for the surgeon, David Allamby, well I'm still sitting here in amazement! Every part of my contact with Focus has been wonderful with informative, excellent customer service - from start to finish, I felt like I was in good hands. And I was.

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