Safety is the basis of everything we do at Focus. Laser eye surgery is now safer than it has ever been, but it is still surgery and should always be treated as such. If that sentence rings true then Focus may well be the right clinic for you.
Is Laser Eye Surgery Safe?
With every type of surgery there are associated risks. Careful research in your choice of clinic and surgeon is very important. Fortunately, with laser eye surgery today, many of these risks have been greatly reduced. At Focus we spend considerable time during your consultation to make sure you are a suitable candidate for laser eye surgery. Sometimes we will unfortunately have to turn people away if the treatment is not deemed suitable for them.
If we have any doubts whatsoever, we will decline to offer surgery. This is because the consultation is the key safety stage for laser eye surgery. The most important decision is about who should NOT have surgery.
Focus is a single clinic, not a large business or one with multiple sites. There is no head office. It is owned by our chief surgeon, Mr. David Allamby.
At Focus we simply talk with and assess each person from a maximum safety perspective and never, ever, apply pressure that someone should have treatment. We don’t believe in selling, hard or soft.
This is important in providing laser eye surgery in the safest way possible. You need the time and the space to make a carefully thought through decision.
Of course, we hope you will choose us and we deeply believe in our capabilities to deliver exactly what you are looking for. But it is your choice and in your own time.
There are possible side effects of laser eye surgery, all of which will be discussed during your consultation. The advent of new technologies, such as wavefront, has meant that a lot of side effects previously associated with laser eye surgery (such as halos or glare at night) are now much rarer than before. We use bladeless laser technology instead of a blade to eliminate previous risks associated with cutting a corneal flap. We provide you with a course of drops following your surgery to help prevent any infection, inflammation and to minimize symptoms of dry eyes.
But there is no substitute for a clinic where the guiding ethos from above is from a surgeon who cares about each patient, and who asks “What if these were my eyes – what would I do?” before each operation. That’s what a surgeon-owned and led clinic is all about. And no head office.
Laser Eye Surgery and You
From the moment you meet our team you will realise that you’re not a number, nor a means to make money within some corporate plan, nor someone on a conveyor belt. That is not who Focus is.
You are our priority as an individual, taken care of by individuals in a small, highly skilled and caring team. At your consultation you will be given the opportunity to look at our state-of-the-art treatment suite so you can see for yourself how well maintained our clinic is.
As a single clinic we are a close-knit operation and your treatment will have been discussed at our team meetings – the optometrists will have spoken to the patient care co-ordinators and of course the surgeons are involved throughout the process.
This means that we are constantly monitoring your progress from the initial consultation right through to your treatment, check-ups and aftercare. We leave no stone unturned and as such you will be made to feel reassured and looked after at all times.
Of course, our equipment, lasers and diagnostic scanners are calibrated and maintained frequently and our clinic is regulated and certified by the Care Quality Commission, following guidance given from the Health and Social Care Act 2008.
But ensuring we have the best materials to work with is only part of the story. Feeling safe is being made to feel part of the Focus family – gaining your trust is something we strive to do naturally for every one of our patients.
In short we feel that safety isn’t just about the laser or the type of scanning equipment – whilst they are of course crucial to a good result – it is the care and attention of the surgeons and staff that will ensure the best possible level of safety at a clinic.
If all of this page rings true then Focus may well be the right clinic for you.