Review of Moorfields Eye Surgery
Moorfields Eye Hospital enjoys a global reputation for providing world-class laser eye surgery.
Moorfields Private is the private arm of the renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and offers ophthalmic care to patients seeking a vast range of treatments for both common and complex eye health conditions.
Today, Moorfields has a number of clinics around London – located in the City, the West End, Bedford and Croydon – and treats around 400,000 outpatients and 30,000 inpatients each year.
☀ Pros: World-class reputation, highly experienced eye surgeons, central London locations, advanced technology
☂ Cons: No fixed prices (fixed by the surgeons), no monthly payment options, no free consultation
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Our no-nonsense review of Moorfields Private and Moorfields NHS Eye Hospital covers:
- Moorfields Private Eye Hospital
- Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- Moorfields laser eye surgery cost
- What laser eye surgeries are offered?
- Moorfields’ best consultants
- Moorfields laser eye surgery reviews
- The Verdict
1. Moorfields Private Eye Hospital
For patients who fail to meet NHS requirements, or for those looking for treatments left off NHS checklists (such as refractive surgery for the average glasses-wearer), Moorfields Private is a viable option.
Private laser eye treatments at Moorfields include the most common surgeries such as PRK, LASEK and LASIK, as well as specialist procedures for more complex conditions. Private patients also benefit from Wavefront guided surgeries, which tend to have higher success rates due to greater laser accuracy.
In addition to providing high quality treatment and aftercare, many patients like to know that the profits from Moorfields Private are used to fund the Moorfields Eye Charity, Friends of Moorfields, which supports critical new research and quality eye care for children and adults.
2. Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
If you happen to suffer from a select range of debilitating eye conditions that cannot be treated by contact lenses or glasses (such as cataracts or glaucoma), you may be one of the few people who qualify for laser eye surgery on the NHS.
Moorfields’ NHS Eye Hospital is there for these patients, but for the vast majority of us, Moorfields Private has its door open.
3. Moorfields Laser Eye Surgery Cost
While NHS treatment is free, at Moorfields Private prices will apply to all consultations and surgeries.
Laser eye surgery costs at Moorfields start at £2,000 per eye for common laser eye surgery such as LASIK or LASEK. These prices rise to between £3,000 and £4,000 per eye for more complex procedures including cataract surgery.
An initial consultation at Moorfields is around £150, and the private prices will depend on the eye surgeon you choose. That’s because the laser eye consultants are employed by Moorfields, and set their own fees.
- Consultation: £150 – £200
Patients considering laser eye surgery usually book one to two consultations prior to receiving treatment. You can book your first appointment on the Moorfields Private website.
Treatment costs (per eye)
- LASIK or LASEK eye surgery: £2,000 – £2,500
- Refractive lens exchange (RLE) or cataract surgery: £3,000 – £4,000
- ICL implantation surgery: £3,000 – £4,000
In addition to these costs, you may also need to consider covering your potential stay in the hospital for private treatment. Moorfields Private hospital fees tend to range from £900 to £1800, depending on the procedure.
However, recovery times vary, and many eye treatments allow you to leave following the surgery. Naturally, there are no hospital fees for NHS patients.
Moorfields Private Hospital offers some of the latest laser and implantable contact lens treatments performed by world-class consultant eye specialists, and these prices reflect the clinic’s high standards.
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Paying for treatment
Opting for laser eye surgery is a financial commitment for most people, and Moorfields offers three ways of paying for your treatment:
- Private Medical Insurance – If you are covered by private healthcare, Moorfields asks that you try to verify these details before your first appointment, and obtain your pre-authorisation number.
- Self pay – Many patients pay for their own treatment, with no private insurance needed.
- Third party sponsorship – If a third party (such as your employer) has agreed to settled your account, make sure you acquire a letter of guarantee along with a deposit.
Read more: Laser eye surgery costs explained
4. Laser Eye Surgery Treatments
Moorfields Private Eye Hospital provides over 100 vision correction treatments for adults and children of all ages.
Here are some of the most requested types of laser eye surgery treatments:
- LASIK: The most common treatment to correct eye conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
- LASEK: A surface laser treatment that is suitable for patients with thinner corneas (eye surfaces).
- Cataract surgery: A refractive lens exchange (RLE), which is an option for those in the “reading glasses” age group.
- ICL surgery: Implants that work like permanent contact lenses are common for younger people, or patients with medical dry eye conditions.
Moorfields Private Hospital usually performs laser sight correction surgery to both eyes on the same day, but with cataract surgery and ICL implantation, most surgeons prefer to leave a week between operating on each eye for their patients’ comfort.
5. Moorfields’ Top Surgeons
Moorfields Private and Moorfields Eye Hospital claim their ophthalmic surgeons and consultants are some of the best in Britain, and six Moorfields Private surgeons were recently named in the Daily Mail’s top doctors list.
Within the industry, Moorfields is also the go-to for ophthalmic expertise: a recent Moorfields report shows that over half of all registered ophthalmic surgeons in the UK received their training there. Not surprisingly, many Moorfields consultants also completed their training onsite.
Plus, based on hundreds of unfiltered reviews from former patients, Moorfields hosts some of the top-rated laser eye surgeons in the UK.
Here are the five best consultants at Moorfields, as voted by you:
- Mr David Gartry: As one of the first surgeons worldwide to perform laser eye surgery, they don’t come more experienced than Mr Gartry.
- Mr Julian Stevens: Mr Stevens is an advisor to the British Society for Refractive Surgery, and is recognised globally as an expert opinion leader in laser eye surgery.
- Mr Bruce Allan: Mr Allan had been the Service Director for Refractive Surgery at Moorfields since 2012.
- Ms Valerie Saw: Ms Saw’s interests lie in inflammation and scarring of the eye, and she regularly treats patients for dry eyes and conjunctivitis.
- Mr Alexander C. W. Ionides: Since 1989, Mr Ionides has specialised in cataract and refractive lens surgery for both long and short sighted conditions.
Read more: Laser Eye Surgeon reviews
6. Independent reviews of Moorfields Private Eye Hospital
Moorfields consistently receive fantastic customer reviews, making them one of the highest rated laser eye providers in the UK. Click here to read their customer reviews below.
Moorfields Eye Hospital Private Clinic is also featured as one of Lasik Eye’s best laser eye surgery clinics in the UK, as well as shining in our list of the best laser eye surgery in London for partnering with some of the most renowned surgeons.
What makes Moorfields Eye Hospital so popular?
- History – Moorfields Eye Hospital first opened in London in 1805, and is now one of the oldest and best reviewed eye hospitals in the world.
- Ophthalmic Research – Moorfields has spent over 200 years researching and providing the latest laser eye surgery and implantable contact lens treatments, in partnership with the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.
- Cutting-edge technology – Moorfields Private is a flagship location for laser and implant manufacturers. Its surgeons are therefore able to choose from the latest state-of-the-art laser eye equipment and non-invasive techniques like Intralase technology.
- Patient care – The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rates Moorfields Eye Hospital as ‘outstanding’ for care in their latest inspection report.
But is Moorfields Eye Hospital right for you?
Not everyone is best suited to Moorfields: as you would expect, world-class laser eye surgery often comes with an eye-watering price tag.
- Expensive treatments – Although patients tend to leave rave reviews, LASEK eye surgery costs on average £2,235 per eye at Moorfields Private, but between £595 and £1,595 per eye at other leading high street eye clinics such as Optical Express.
- No free consultations – Moorfields Private is one of the few laser eye clinics in the UK not to offer free initial consultations: you can expect to pay between £150 and £200, depending on the surgeon you see.
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Moorfields Surgeons Reviews
Mr Alexander C W Ionides
BSc FRCOphth MD.
Mr Vincenzo Maurino
Mr Bruce Allan
MD FRCS FRCOphth
Mr Stephen Tuft
Professor David S Gartry
MD, FRCS, FRCOphth, DO, BSc(Hons)
Mr Julian Stevens
MRCP, FRCS, FRCOphth,DO
Moorfields Eye Hosptial Reviews
I am very pleased and happy with the depth of great care and results that I have received following my laser eye procedure with Mr Stevens. I recommend him highly. From the moment of my initial consultation up until post operative care I have never felt so reassured and happy with a medical procedure. He is a meticulous, gifted and talented ophthalmic surgeon who I felt very reassured by throughout. His wonderful team of administrative staff and nurses made all of my experience so positive.
I had my eyes treated six days ago by Mr Bruce Allan at Moorfields. I had been considering eye surgery for seven years (!!) and eventually decided that, although Moorfields was twice the price of the Laser Surgery centres advertising on Satellite, the opportunity to be treated by the person who might end up fixing you up if it goes wrong elsewhere was worth the extra cost. I certainly don't regret a penny that I have spent! My prescription was -6.5 right eye and -6 left eye, which means you can't see a lot really. I was quite concerned that I would not be able to have the surgery as I have dry eyes (and have had to cease wearing contact lenses because of this). I felt that if I went to one of the other clinics, who don't charge for the initial appointment, they might be more keen to do the surgery on me to get their money back. Not sure about this, but I felt that it was better to pay to see Mr Allan the going rate for his time, and for him to decide on the basis of clinical results only. So, anyway, I went to see him, having had to wait almost three months for an appointment. The John Saunders Suite at Moorfields is a comfy waiting room (that's about it). I was amused to find that several people had self-referred, hoping to have it done on the NHS. No luck for them! The receptionists seemed rather used to giving people the bad news, that bilateral LASIK would cost best part of £3,000. Anyway, various tests were done on my eyes, a sort-of topographical map was produced to show the shape of my cornea. I had medium astigmatism and was glad to hear that this could also be treated. I then saw Mr Allan and discussed my dry eyes problem. He checked me for something called Marfans Syndrome (sticking out eyes and loose joints can be symptoms, which I have, but did not have the syndrome itself); I felt this showed the importance of seeing a proper ophthalmic surgeon - would a "consultant" salesperson have known about this? Perhaps. Anyway, Mr Allan said I would be fine to have the treatment. I had read up quite a lot on it and knew that potentially I might have to continue to use artificial tears for years to treat my dry eyes after LASIK, and we talked this through. In the end I decided that, having been fully informed of the risks (the paperwork they give you is about 8 pages of what can go wrong!!) that it was worth a go. How right I was! I could have been treated a fortnight from that date, but delayed it a further month due to diary crowding. I was told to take four days off work, the Tuesday of the surgery and up to the Friday afterwards when I would have my follow-up appointment. On Monday night as I sat down to my evening meal I had a call from the LASIK team to say the Laser had been serviced and had a "glitch" and so they would have to put me off until Wednesday. Was quite happy to think that they weren't operating with a dodgy laser, and I hadn't got all that psyched up for it at that point. Wednesday came, I wandered it for 9am and left at 10:30am with my shades on. Others have talked about what it was like; all I will say is it isn't a particularly nice experience (not something you'd do for fun), but is over pretty quickly and doesn't hurt. When I got up off the chair I couldn't see very well at all and was initially worried as I'd read lots of reports where people say they had fantastic vision immediately. Mr Allan reassured me that it'd slowly come to me. I was given masses of different drops to take away and told to try and rest with my eyes shut for six hours. I could open them to see as I got on the train, etc, but had to try and shut them as much as possible to aid healing. It's interesting walking through London, hailing a taxi, getting on trains etc with your eyes shut (my husband was with me to help). It makes you realise how difficult it must be for blind people, and that other people assume you can see, even if you're wearing colossal dark shades on a dull day in November. Made me realise that I had actually risked a very precious gift (sight) by having the treatment, but then I knew that anyway. I rested at home with Radio 4 and after the six hours was up, got up and went about as normal. It felt completely pain-free, no grittiness, just the sort of "I've had my contact lenses in too long" feeling. I had to take 3 different drops every hour for the first day but these were OK, didn't sting or anything. I went back on the Friday for the quick consultation with Mr Allan who was very happy. Had a very quick eye test which involved me reading whatever lines i could from the letters board. With my left eye I could read the bottom row, with my right the second from bottom row; with my glasses I had been able to read the first from bottom. That was two days after the surgery and it might improve further; in fact, my left eye has become less sharp now, but I can still see very well with both eyes. Can watch TV, read the video clock, use the computer etc with no ill effects. Driving at night is a bit scary due to star effects but I know these will quieten down, and I had them with contact lenses before when they were dry anyway. One thing I am having to do extra because of my dry eyes is to put special drops in at night. I sleep with my eyes open (weird) which means they were really dry the first two nights, despite wearing the bizarre eye-protecting goggles. So Mr Allan suggested I get some lacri-lube and put that in at night. It appears to be basically paraffin and a few other bits that go IN your eye, and means the world becomes blurry and when you wake up in the morning you've look like you've smeared vaseline all round your eyes. But it means my eyes are moist in the morning, although for the first hour or so life's a bit blurry. Am I glad I had it done? Absolutely! From -6 vision (i.e. you can't function without glasses) to near-perfect vision, it's like a miracle. I was evaluating how much I would have spent to get this result, if it were guaranteed. I reckon easily £10,000; I'm only 31 and I have years and years of benefit (hopefully). The £3,000 charge was excellent value for money and, for me, the chance to have it done at Moorfields very much helped my peace of mind.
I had Wavefront LASIK with David Gartry on 28th February. I must say that everyone at Moorfields was very professional and I was seen by Dr Ilari for the initial Wavefront scan, a nice doctor from Trinidad (I think Dr Khan?) for the after care advice on the day of the operation, and of course Mr Gartry himself in the laser room, together with the charge nurse Mike Behrend and also another nurse whose name I cannot remember but I think was from NZ. All were super and very professional but at the same time friendly and chatty. My wife was more worried than I was! The actual procedure itself was simple and totally painless, not even uncomfortable. I went out to dinner with 12 friends from my Yacht Club the night of surgery and they were all amazed by how much I could see already, although distance was a bit blurred and remained so for probably a week before I was really comfortable with driving. But NO adverse side effects, no haloes or starbursts at night, no pain or even discomfort (and my wife says that like most men I’m such a baby that if it had hurt the world would have known about it…….) Before the op I had minus 8.50 right and minus 8 left, and significant astigmatism in both eyes. Mr Gartry saw me on the Monday after the op and told me I had 20/20 vision although to be honest it didn’t feel like it at the time. Now, 4 weeks later, it continues to improve and I can see far more than I ever did with glasses. My eyes water a bit in cold winds but then I suppose everyone’s do and if they are shielded behind glasses perhaps you don’t feel it. The odd day of ‘dry eye’ occurred but this has largely stopped now. I have to go and see Mr Gartry again next week and I’ll be interested to have the eye test and see what he thinks. I’m 49 and work with computers in an office, and there have been no problems on that front at all. I also sail and I’m really looking forward to getting out in the boat in the summer with no salt splashes on my glasses. I found this site to be extremely helpful and particularly to someone called Ian who had had the surgery and was kind enough to answer my email – I picked him because he had a similar large correction to mine. If you are considering it I cannot recommend Moorfields too highly. It is the best eye hospital in the world and I don’t know about you, but in this life you only get one set of eyes and if you can have the best then that’s for me and so far at least it seems that Moorfields and Mr Gartry is just that. Some may balk at the fee but any professional at the top of their profession charges accordingly. From my own professional knowledge I can assure you that you wouldn’t get a top London QC to even open his door to you for what Mr Gartry charges for the op. A couple of tips that you may find useful. Make sure you have a coffee before you arrive at Moorfields as theirs is from a machine and it is truly disgusting. There’s a Starbucks down the road. You may also find a cheap pair of swimming goggles useful to keep the water out of your eyes when showering during the week after the op. Make sure you get a brand big enough to cover your eyes without pressure on the lids. I used Adidas ones at £9.99 from JJB Sports. If anyone has any concerns please email me and I’ll try to answer. This cynical, seen it all before and don’t trust anyone 49 year old is truly amazed with the result. Early days yet, of course, but all seems fine so far.
Having been treated 2 weeks ago by Mr Ionides I have to say that the whole process, from a clinical perspective and a customer experience perspective, has been brilliant. Vision is perfect, no pain, no discomfort, no complications, everything ran smoothly. Thanks to Alex Ionides and Maureen in the admin team. I'd have said that if you want it done properly, get it done at Moorfields.
They managed to turn something as unpleasant as surgery into a painless process. They were professional, kind, attentive and always ready to listen and answer your questions. The results have been fantastic. I highly recommend Mr. Allan and his team.
I completely recommend having Lasik surgery, it's life changing! I've worn glasses for the last 23 years & I now finally have freedom! Being able to see from the moment I wake up without scrabbling for glasses is amazing! The service I received from Dr Vincenzo Maurino was nothing short of excellent, every single member of his team that I had contact with was professional, caring and knowledgeable. I was really apprehensive before the surgery, but the lasik procedure was fully explained to me so I understood exactly what was happening at each stage. The process was very quick, completely painless and without any post surgery complications. I am now enjoying 100% vision and I wouldn’t hesitate to fully recommend Vincenzo Maurino to anyone considering this type of surgery. Carol O'Donnell
I met with Dr Bruce Allan at Moorfields in August and with my -10 far sightedness Lasik was going to be borderline. Dr Allan recommended ICLs instead. He explained the procedure and the cost, ~20% more than Lasik, and the benefits. I decided to go ahead and had the surgery done on two consecutive Friday afternoons.
The procedure itself takes a few minutes but altogether you are in the hospital for a few hours to prepare and ensure that you all ok to go. It is virtually pain free. The most uncomfortable moment is when the very bright light is put on in to the fully dilated pupil. Vision is quite blurred as you leave the hospital but it gets better quickly and within 3 days it is mostly back to normal during day time. Night vision is still slightly affected by minor and decreasing halo’s but it’s not a problem. Dr Allen explained this will go away with time as the brain starts filtering it out (apparently it has nothing to do with eye) and this is already happening.
One eye got corrected for perfect far vision and the other for optimal reading vision. As both eyes work together you essentially end up with best of both all the time.
I work on a trading floor and sit behind 6 large computer screens reading data all day. I have no problems whatsoever. In fact , this is much better than wearing normal contact lenses as the airco can tends to reduce moisture. The other remarkable benefit I noticed is that my eyes don’t dry out anymore after taking a shower in the gym when wearing contacts. After wearing contacts for decades I am still so conditioned to this that is almost weird that this isn’t happening anymore. I do find my eyes a tiny bit more ‘sticky’ in the morning when I wake up but that’s no worry to me. I’m just trying to come up with anything that is somewhat different.
The aftercare is thorough and efficient. I met with Dr Allan today for the final check up and everything has worked out much as I had hoped. I am delighted with the results and the whole routine at Moorfields. The ICL technology has been proven. It is an amazing technology and put in the capable hands of Dr Allan and his team I think you‘ll be happy with the results.
I don’t know if I would have opted for ICLs had my vision been less myopic. I like the non-intrusiveness and the potential reversibility of ICLs. I am sure many people are very happy with the results of Lasik too but if the extra money not a matter of great concern, you should certainly consider both options and ask your specialist about the benefits of ICLs.
Mr Maurino throughout the treatment was reassuring and honest about the options available. He fully gave the impression he wanted the best for me as his patient and was not in a hurry to have me in and out the door as quick as possible. The aftermath, whilst uncomfortable was exactly as he had said it would be so I felt prepared for it. He was quick to reply to my queries in the months following and I feel he would extend this service into the future. I can not thank Vincenzo enough for his excellent service throughout. My eyes are better than I ever could have hoped for or imagined.
I could not be any happier since having my laser eye surgery. From being extremely reliant on my contact lenses for 14 hours a day, I now have better than 20/20 vision.
The care I received was beyond excellent, both before and after the treatment.
I went to see Mr Mark Wilkins with my sister for laser treatment as I have worn glasses for far too long and I wanted to be able to see things without my glasses and be able to swim/scuba without contacts. At the end of the very thorough consultation I was told that I had a severely detached retina in my right eye that needed immediate surgical attention and holes/tears in my left retina. I am just posting this message to say that it was only due to Mr Wilkins' thorough examination that I still have my sight. I was told that if I had not gone to the consultation (which I had booked 2/3 months in advance) something would have happened so serious that it would have meant that the chances of losing my sight in my right eye would be very high. This was an absolute shock to both me sister and I since I had only gone in for a laser consultation! My sister was a little apprehensive to begin with that Mr Wilkins was fairly young, however, I wanted to post this message to say that the level of service received was far beyond anything one could imagine. Mr Wilkins delayed seeing his other patients in order to find us the best surgeon available in the hospital. Within 20 minutes I was see by Mr Robert MacLaren who is one of the best surgeons in the country for retinal detachments. I had surgery the next day (18th March) and I'm in recovery at the moment. So, the moral of the story is, look after your eyes, pay to go to a good optician (not Specsavers whom I saw less than 2 months before who said my eyes were fine) and go to Moorfields Eye Hospital!
First class hospital, friendly and highly professional team. I was made to feel very comfortable and relaxed about the whole procedure, and always kept fully informed at every stage. Bruce Allan and his team were second to none and I would highly recommend them to anyone thinking about having laser eye surgery. I am thrilled with the results and went from -3.5 in both eyes to perfect vision, I had my 3 month checkup a couple of weeks ago and could read the smallest line on the chart which is what I could only dream of doing before the surgery. Even the procedure itself was over very quickly, in about 20 minutes, and I was back to work 2 days after. No regrets and worth every penny, like everything in life, you get what you pay for and Moorfields are worth spending a bit more money on in my opinion.