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
This is on behalf of my wife Paola.
She had bilateral LASIK with Miss Ficker on 18/01/2002. Paola had no myopia or hyperopia but high astigmatism (-6.0 and -6.5). A few private clinics had already rejected her on the basis of her astigmatism alone, so we visited Moorfields to investigate other surgical possibilities. We were quite surprised when Miss Ficker told us that LASIK would be perfectly possible. She was patient and thorough in the consultation and advised Paola to think carefully about the surgery and even gave her the details of a recommended contact lens practitioner in case she wanted to try that instead (she'd only used glasses).
We had to wait about 5 weeks for an appointment, and we were both getting rather worried. I read various horror stories on the internet and compiled a list of what I hoped were searching (but were probably just naive) questions for Miss Ficker which I emailed to her. I was particularly concerned that Paola's astigmatism was very high and that other clinics had refused her. Miss Ficker answered my questions and reassured me somewhat.
On the big day we went into the main hospital after paying for the operation, and waited a short time for Miss Ficker. After a final eye test, everything was ready. Miss Ficker allowed me into the laser room so that I could translate her instructions to Paola. Paola said that the operation was quite painful (the suction ring especially) but there was very little pain afterwards. We went home with the eye drops. Paola's eyes were very sensitive to light and her vision was very blurred.
Over the next few days her vision gradually improved and continues to improve. There have been no side-effects and she's very happy with the outcome of the operation.
We would recommend Moorfields. They have good equipment (the latest VisX model) and of course the surgeons are recognised experts in cornea surgery. I'd much rather go to someone who does all kinds of eye surgery than someone who just does LASIK. I also believe that a good surgeon is much more important than having the flashiest equipment.
This is a really life improving operation. I was operated on last Friday by Julian Stevens. Operation was painless and nothing to worry about. Sunday played 18 holes of golf. Previously very short sighted -7. There is nothing to fault about Moorfields and their team - you are going to the best in the UK and I would recommend them.
My Doctor and two Opticians recommended David Gartry to me. The Optician I had been with for the past 19 years said that David Gartry is very well known for his expertise in Eye Surgery and trained with him many years ago. With three professional people telling me to go to him I though I'd give it a try.
First I had a consultation with a consultant from Maxi-vision, I have to say it was excellent, very thorough and there was no hard sell which is what I was looking for. My second consultation was with David Gartry at the beginning of March 2002.
Having never had Private Surgery I didn't realise that you are literally in and out and things aren't done at a slow pace. Having said that, I did get to ask lot's of questions. The one thing which filled me with confidence was the fact that I was talking to the surgeon, the guy who would be operating on me. If you have consultations with one of these highstreet places then all you do is speak to a consultant.
David filled me with confidence, he told me what to expect, what problems he's experienced and hasn't experienced, the amount of operations he's carried out and so on. This is what I wanted to hear, I didn't want to see the surgeon on the day of surgery.
My prescription was -7.5 in each eye, although with my astigmatism I may as well have been a -8!! David advised that he could, at the best get it to -0.5 to -1.0.
I had my surgery on Saturday 4th May 2002. It was fantastic, less than ten minutes each eye. My left eye was done first and I've never felt my heart rate jump so quickly but half way through I sat there thinking "is that it?", then the right eye was done and I was thinking "hmm, not much to this" and was quite relaxed. David spoke to me throughout the surgery which was good and I was able to ask him questions throughout. There was NO pain and NO discomfort, absolutely amazing.
As soon as I stood up I had already noticed a difference. By the time I got home to Bournemouth my vision was really good, eyes ached a little but no major pain. And once I woke up on Sunday morning it was better still.
It's been over a week and my vision is still improving. My vision in poorly lit areas, particulary where there is a lot of artifical light isn't too good at the moment. My pupils were large anyway and I suffered from star bursts before the surgery. My vision now at night time is a little worse than when I wore contact lenses but it is improving. I am hoping it will almost disappear. With age it will and I spoke to a friend who had the surgery and he said it took a while, so hopefully over the next few months I'll see the halo's reduce.
David Gartry is fantastic and worth spending the money going to moorfields, it is afterall, probably the most well known eye hospital in the world. Pay the extra (which isn't much) and have it done by the best, it's worth it, they're your eyes!! At present I almost have 20/20 vision which is out of this world and couldn't have asked for much more. This is better than what was predicted.
It could regress slightly but I have a long road ahead of me before I can get a prescription but I hope it stay's roughly the same as it is now.
Expect your initial consultation with David Gartry to be very brief, without even a vision test, for which he relies on the data provided by your optician. You may also have to be proactive as he did not volunteer information on the likelihood of complications, but was happy to answer questions.
He did explain, however, that the treatment will not give you BETTER sight than you currently have with glasses/contact lenses, merely (if successful) reduce/eliminate the need for corrective lenses to get to that level of sight.
I MET MR J STEVENS FOR AN INITIAL APPT AND HE EXPLAINED THE PROS AND CONS OF LASIK FOR MY PARTICULAR PRESCRIPTION. MINUS
3.75 IN BOTH EYES WITH ASTIGMATISM -1.00.
ALTHOUGH IT WAS VERY LATE IN THE EVENING, HE TOOK THE TIME TO ANSWER ALL MY QUESTIONS AND EXPLAINED EVERYTHING IN MINUTE DETAIL, WITH WHICH I WAS IMPRESSED.
HOWEVER, I DID NOT GO AHEAD WITH THE LASIK OP AS I AM CONCERNED WITH THE POSSIBLE RISKS. IE. GHOSTING, DRY EYES, REGRESSION ETC. SO FOR THE MOMENT I HAVE RESIGNED MYSELF TO GLASSES AND CONTACTS.
IF IN FUTURE I DO GO AHEAD WITH LASIK, I'M SURE IT WILL BE AT MOORFIELDS.
IF ANYONE HAS A SIMILIAR PRESCRIPTION AND HAS HAD THE SURGERY DONE AT MOORFIELDS OR ANYWHERE ELSE, I WOULD BE INTERESTED TO HEAR OF THE OUTCOME.
AM I ABLE TO HAVE LASIK SURGERY? I AM EXTREMELY SHORT-SIGHTED. MY CURRENT PRESCRIPTION IS MINUS 15.5 AND MINUS 17.00 RESPECTIVELY. I HAVE DAMAGED RETINA DUE TO RETINOPATHY OF PREMATURITY FROM BIRTH.
CAN ANYONE SUGGEST ANY FORM OF TREATMENT?
I am doing a little research into laser corrective eye surgery, I called the number for a surgeon called Mr Allan at Moorfields. Well it is quite clear the NHS runs it, for example one part of the conversation went something like this "could you tell me a little about the sort of treatment for my eyes i.e. what type of Laser you use” answer “I can say that” “you cant say because you don’t know or you cant say” answer “I cant say that” “you cant say because you don’t know your are not allowed to say” answer “maybe one of the other assistants will tell you if you try” I have contacted a number of laser surgeries, Moorfields was the only one to refuse to give me information and interestingly the only one that charges for a consultation.
Had surgery on Monday 16th. I found the clamping and suction part to create the LASIK flap a bit uncomfortable but was glad the operation was so quick. Was very happy afterwards and was treated well. Like most of Mr Gartry's appointments the follow up on Tuesday was very quick but not really much to say though as everything was fine.Woke up on Tuesday morning with very clear vision - before I had -4.75 in both eyes. it is now Wednesday and I am back at work with no problems. Am looking forward to minor improvemnts but it is almost perfect already. Go for it. Spend that extra cash for reassurance. I'm 25 so may more years left to enjoy my new found vision.
I had LASIK on 18th September with Miss Linda Ficker. The procedure was quick and painless, but I was still grateful to the second doctor (don't know his name) who let me hold his hand (very tightly) throughout! Miss Ficker talked me through the operation which was reassuring. The team of 3 including Miss Ficker were all very professional. Immediately after the operation my eyes were pretty bloodshot (which is normal) and my vision was quite hazy. There was some minor discomfort, but after about 3 hours my eyes felt and looked fine and I've had no problems at all. My prescription was -6 in my right eye and -7.5 in my left with some astigmatism, but now I don't even need glasses for driving. My left eye is not quite as good as my right, but only marginally. I'm absolutely delighted with the result, seems like a miracle after years of being short-sighted.
I have just had my first appointment with Dr Gartry and I have now booked myself in to have the LASIK procedure in a couple of weeks. It has taken rather a long time to summon the up the courage to walk through the door for the intital consultation but Dr Garty was honest, and extremely reassuring. I now feel confident about the operation and I can't wait to throw away my lenses.