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Denise Van Outen

20/20 clinic

After having been fed up with wearing contact lenses and glasses for years, Denise Van Outen decided to come to Focus for her treatment.

The procedure was over in minutes and has allowed Denise to carry on with her professional and personal life with the minimum of fuss.

Denise’s LASIK Procedure

Having always relied on contact lenses or glasses during her career, eye treatment was something that Denise had considered but never taken the plunge until discovering Focus. She discussed how she could barely read her tv prompts on occasion and found contact lenses irritating.

Having her eyes corrected at Focus has been liberating for Denise – in 2009 she climbed Mt Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief with Cheryl Cole, Kimberly Walsh, Fearne Cotton, Ben Shephard, Gary Barlow and Ronan Keating and was finally able to say goodbye to glasses and contact lenses forever.

'During live shows all it takes is a dust in my eye or bright studio lights and a glare and I cannot read the auto-cue'

Denise is delighted with the result of her treatment. Just 30 minutes after surgery, she could read the small 20/20 letters on the test chart.

One of the reasons Denise chose Dr. Allamby as her surgeon is that our medical director has a 100% success rate for 20/20 vision for all common short-sighted prescriptions, including Denise’s.

The procedure took just 10 minutes for both eyes and was performed under local anaesthesia using numbing drops. As a patient, Denise was very cool and calm. She said the intervention was painless. She sat down afterwards with a cup of tea and phoned her friends and family telling them how happy she was.


About Denise Van Outen

Denise Van Outen is an English actress, singer, dancer and presenter. She is best known for presenting The Big Breakfast, for playing Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago both in the West End and on Broadway and for finishing as runner-up in the tenth series of the BBC One dancing show Strictly Come Dancing.

'I was sick of the hassle of contact lenses or glasses’

Being short-sighted

In common with over 10 million Britons, Denise suffered from myopia, the medical term for short-sight, together with some mild astigmatism. It typically begins between ages of 6-18 and progresses often until the 20s. Once stable, most people are eligible for surgery. A comprehensive screening process is necessary to exclude patients who may be at higher risk.

As with Denise, Dr. Allamby takes a very risk-averse approach and this has been rewarded with a 100% success rate for 20/20 vision for all typical short-sighted prescriptions.

After having LASIK advanced eye surgery at Focus, a technique pioneered in the UK by our founder and medical director Dr. David Allamby, Denise no longer needs glasses for anything.

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