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Matthew Macfadyen

20/20 clinic

Matthew Macfadyen became famous for his Tom Quinn character in the acclaimed BBC One drama Spooks. He has gone on to become a leading actor in many films and television series, such as the highly popular Ripper Street.

In 2013, he had LASIK laser eye surgery at Focus Clinic to correct his short-sight and is delighted with the results.

Matthew’s LASIK Procedure

Matthew has always wanted to have the surgery done, and decided to come to see David Allamby at Focus Clinic in 2013. Understanding the importance of his eyes for his work, Matthew knew that he had to entrust them to the right people.

'It's easy and painless. The recovery is much much speedier than I had anticipated'

Matthew is delighted with the result of his treatment. Just 30 minutes after surgery, he could read the small 20/20 letters on the test chart.

One of the reasons why Matthew chose Dr. Allamby as his surgeon is that our medical director has a 100% success rate for 20/20 vision for all common short-sighted prescriptions, including Matthew’s. Dr. Allamby had also treated many celebrities.

The procedure took just 10 minutes for both eyes and was performed under local anaesthesia using numbing drops. As a patient, Matthew was very cool and calm, taking it all in his stride; he sat down afterwards with a cup of coffee, chatted with the team and 30 minutes later – after an eye check with Dr. Allamby – went off home.


About Matthew Macfayden

After his breakthrough as Tom Quinn in Spooks on BBC One, award-winning actor Matthew Macfadyen then went on to star in a lot of films, television series and theatre productions. The BAFTA nominated actor, was most recently seen in Joe Wright’s Pride and Prejudice and as Detective Inspector Edmund Reid in the BBC’s Ripper Street.

For years, Matthew had wondered about laser eye surgery and after doing some research online came across the Focus website and decided to go ahead with treatment in 2013. He is blown away by the results and especially the recovery time and only wishes he had gone ahead with laser eye surgery years ago.

'I wish I had it done way before'

Being short-sighted

In common with over 10 million Britons, Matthew 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 Matthew, 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 using our specialist femtosecond laser at Focus Clinic, a technique pioneered in the UK by our founder and medical director Dr. David Allamby, Matthew no longer needs glasses for anything.

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