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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


04 Oct 2011

I underwent the Z-Kamra procedure at Focus Clinics a couple of months ago and it has far exceeded all my expectations. I had the combination of the insertion of the Kamra Inlay to deal with my presbyopia (reading vision) and laser correction for my myopia (short sight). I now have a near vision of J1 (the bottom line of the reading chart) and see 20/12 (I’m told that’s better than 20/20).The care, dedication and expertise before, during and after the procedure have been exceptional. I am most grateful to Mr Allamby and the Focus team. The treatment has given me a new confidence and freedom that for me was unobtainable with glasses and contact lenses.I would go through it all again tomorrow without the slightest hesitation.Thank you so much.

02 Nov 2018

I was recommended by a friend who had also had her eyes corrected through Focus, although I was still very nervous about making the decision after wearing glasses and contact lenses for over 30 Years, after my consultation I was very satisfied with the checks and friendly staff and therefore took the option to have my short sighted corrected.
The Team at Focus are excellent from Emma who took me through all the process to Lisa on reception who is always smiling and helpful on all my check ups to Hannah who took me through with her colleague and David Allamby who conducted the procedure.
I am very pleased with the First class service that you have provided, to a great team!

I would highly recommend Focus to any of my friends and colleagues as right from the start to the aftercare you are have been fantastic.

08 Jul 2008

David carried out my treatment on 7/7/08 and I have nothing but praise for him and all his staff at the clinic. A very professional team who have their clients well being upper most on their list. I would not hesitate to recommend this clinic to my family and friends.

28 Apr 2012

Absolutely brilliant. David Allamby was fantastic, extremely professional and reassuring. Very relieved I chose this clinic.Would not trust anyone else with my sight!

11 May 2011

The whole experience was short and smooth. I had been thinking about it for a long time and its the best decision I ever made. The surgery itself was over in total in 20 mins. The next few days after surgery I felt like it was Christmas every day with my new eyes!! I can't recommend it enough for anyone who, like me, hated the inconvenience of glasses and lenses. The staff at Focus are extremely professional and welcoming and made it easy for me to ask any questions. Dr. Allamby is a complete professional, his experience put me at ease. Its been 1 month since my surgery and I can't fault my experience at all!

08 Apr 2013

Ab-so-lute-ly incredible. I can't stop grinning. It's the morning after and literally no more than 18 hours ago, I was nervously lying down on a clinical bed being told to stare directly at a green flashing light. Now, for the first time in 15 years, I'm looking freely out of the window, tracing the tops of houses in the distant horizon and typing without the need for glasses or contact lenses. For me it feels unreal and I can only describe this 10 minute procedure as bordering miraculous.It's amazing to think that yesterday, I was short-sighted by around -3.75 in both eyes and suffering from astigmatism. I felt embarrassed and disappointed by my inability to define even the largest full-sized letter E without assistance. Today, on the other hand, in the very same examination room, I somehow managed to surprise myself by being able to reel off the tiniest letters on the bottom of the chart entirely unaided and with my own two eyes. That aside, I was thrilled to learn that my eyes were not only corrected and recovering well but I had attained near 20/12 vision... overnight. Almost twice better than the average 20/20? Gobsmacked is an understatement!Like most, I've been considering having laser surgery for a while and researched thoroughly into several companies. Having had consultations with most major clinics, I can report that all were highly professional and welcoming - but it was Focus Clinic who stood out as a clear cut above the rest. From the outset, I sensed my eyes would be under the safest supervision and best care possible. Perhaps it was the fact that every staff member here - from reception to treatment room, assistants, technicians, the lovely Emma from patient-care to the formidable surgeon David Allamby - all without exception appeared dedicated to offering the maximum information along with uncompromising attention. Or perhaps it was the unfailing smiles, the extremely thorough examination and re-examination or the proud confidence of having the best laser equipment in the country with an outstanding 100% track record to match? Whatever it was, you won me over and I can truly say that my expectations have been surpassed beyond what I thought was possible! Thank you so so much.For the first time, I can now understand why the same cliched responses appear again and again from your patients. Yes, the procedure really is that fast. Yes, you really do get the results (if you comply strictly to the aftercare programme). Yes, I really do wish I had done it sooner. And yes, if anyone happened to be considering it, I would urge them to go ahead and do it - and to look nowhere else but you. I cannot recommend you highly enough.

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.

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