Opened in London in 1805, Moorfields Eye Hospital is one of the oldest and best eye hospitals in the world, with patients travelling from all across the UK, and from abroad, to receive specialist care and undergo ground-breaking treatments for a variety of eye conditions. Moorfields boasts a main hospital in Central London as well as numerous other locations throughout the capital, each housing consultants who are highly skilled and experienced in everything from dry eyes to retinal detachment.
Procedures At Moorfields
Moorfields Eye Hospital is essentially divided into two sections: an NHS funded section and a private section, meaning that the range of procedures offered at the hospital is both great and varied. Patients who meet the requirements for NHS funded treatments and surgeries can seek suitable solutions to a number of debilitating eye conditions which greatly affect everyday life and cannot be adequately managed by conventional means such as glasses or contact lenses. Conditions include cataracts and glaucoma.
For patients who fail to meet NHS requirements, or for those looking for treatments that are generally not covered by the NHS (such as refractive surgery for visual impairments that can be corrected with glasses and contact lenses) private operations at Moorfields Eye Hospital are an option. Both PRK and LASEK surgeries are offered as well as the more advanced LASIK procedure. The difference being, that whereas with PRK and LASEK, the front of the cornea is removed, with LASIK a flap is made in the cornea to allow for entry to the back of the eye. Wavefront guided surgeries, which typically produce greater success rates due to increased accuracy, are also available as private treatments.
The Cost Of Surgery At Moorfields.
While NHS treatment is free, private consultations and surgeries do cost. An initial consultation at Moorfields is priced at £150, while treatment prices range between £1,200 for LASIK surgery in one eye, to £2,250 for LASEK surgery in both eyes. Despite LASIK being the more advanced option, it is more cost effective than the older style LASEK. This is simply due to it having become more commonplace in the UK, with hospitals generally having more equipment, and more surgeons, capable of performing the surgery.
As well as the costs for the consultations and surgeries, there is also the additional cost of simply being in the hospital for private treatment. Each treatment takes a different amount of time and recovery times do vary, so hospital fees tend to range from £900 to £1800 depending on the exact procedure. Naturally, there are no hospital fees for NHS patients.
Being not only the UK’s leading eye hospital, but also one of the most established eye hospitals in the world, statistics show that more than half of all registered ophthalmic surgeons in the UK were trained to some degree at Moorfields or at a Moorfields owned facility. Not surprisingly, many of the Moorfields staff completed their training onsite. Staff include:
Mr Alexander C W Ionides
Mr Alexander Ionides has been practising medicine since 1989 and has worked at Moorfields Eye Hospital since 1992 in a full time capacity. Mr Ionides has a specific interest in lens and cataract research and is skilled in performing refractive lens surgeries for both long and short sighted conditions, using LASIK, LASEK, PRK and Wavefront technologies.
Ms Valerie Saw
Ms Saw transferred to the Moorfields Eye Hospital from Australia’s Sydney Eye Hospital, and became a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at the hospital in 2004. Ms Saw’s interests lie in inflammation and scarring of the eye, and she regularly performs refractive lens surgery in addition to treating patients for dry and watering eyes and conjunctivitis.
Ms Linda Ficker
Ms Ficker has been practising medicine since 1977. She joined Moorfield Eye Hospital in 1981 and became a consultant in 1989. Refractive surgery is both Ms Ficker’s personal interest and area of expertise, and she is one of the few consultants in the UK skilled in the groundbreaking Intralase technique, which uses blade-free technology to give high quality results with minimal invasion.
As with all surgeries, surgical eye treatments do carry risks, but Moorfields Eye Hospital has a remarkably high success rate, with very few patients suffering either mild or severe complications. For patient peace of mind, here are some complication rates for refractive lens surgery performed at
- Tissue healing complication needing minor laser correction: 1 in 10 patients
- Suboptimal visual improvement requiring further surgery: 1 in 100 patients
- Permanent eye damage: Fewer than 1 in 2000 patients
- Retinal detachment (following cataract surgery): 1 in 10 patients within 10 years
The biggest advantage Moorfields Eye Hospital has over other specialist eye clinics in the UK is that it offers a range of treatments, including Intralase, that simply aren’t available in other parts of the country due to limited access to the technologies and a lack of staff especially skilled in certain techniques. Moorfields Eye Hospital tends to have greater access to valuable resources due to the onsite Ophthalmic Research Centre, which means it is always on top of new methods, procedures and innovative technologies, and has excellent relationships with other clinics throughout the world, sharing knowledge about the best ways to treat conditions.
Moorfields Eye Hospital has an excellent reputation, not only within the healthcare sector, but also amongst the general public. Recent reports state that Moorfields Eye Hospital treat roughly 400,000 outpatients and 30,000 inpatients each year, the majority of whom are able to lead a better quality of life due to significant visual improvement from the treatments offered.