Area(s) of specialism / sub-specialism
Laser refractive surgery Intralase + wavefront guided Lasik. Lasek + Epi Lasik. Small incision Phacoemulsification cataract surgery, Clear Lens extraction
Initial medical training: University College Hospital
Ophthalmology training: Moorfields Eye Hospital and Corneal Fellowship, Moorfields Eye Hospital – MD
Further key experience: Corneal fellowship
Date joined Moorfields: 1992: SHO, 2001: Appointed to Consultant Staff
Membership of professional/national/regional bodies:
- GMC ( General Medical Council )
- FRCOphth (Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologist)
- ESCRS (European society of Cataract and refractive surgeons)
ASCRS (American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons)
- MDU ( Medical Defence Union)
- BMA ( British Medical Association)
- Full time consultant Moorfields Eye Hospital, 2001
Honorary senior lecturer St Georges Medical School
Other professional achievements:
- Lead clinician: Moorfields at St Georges
- College tutor: Moorfields at St Georges
Research interests: Lens and Cataract surgery, refractive surgery, Ophthalmic primary care
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Mr Alexander C W Ionides Reviews
I would like to recommend the experience I had at Moorfields as it was the best decision I could have made. Dr Ionedes is friendly, informative, professional and puts you completely at ease. He spent a long time answering all the questions I had, talking me through the options and making everything easy to understand.
I was told it was unlikely I could have the procedure on the first occasion of my visit due to a situation with my eyes and this gave me the confidence that my wellbeing was of course put before the surgery fees – this should be a given of course but was a concern of mine having read reviews on line of certain providers. A few months later my eyes got the all clear for the procedure and I was very pleased that the apropriate examinations had been made and I was under no pressure or obligations to procede. Moorfields was more expensive than other providers and was more than I was expecting or planning for but the quote was upfront and actually it gave me extra peace of mind knowing I was at Moorfields. The procedure was quick and the recovery did take a while but my eyes have healed to perfect 20 20 vision and so I would recommend this procedure to anyone who asked me. Thank you Dr Ionides
I am pleased with the recent eye surgery to correct my vision. I felt reassured and confident with the Surgeon Alexander Ionides. I was worried about eye surgery and put my trust in Alexander Ionides.
The office and the private clinic at Moorfields is first class. It is amazing when I wake up in the morning and I can see clearly.
I recommend Alexander Ionides highly.
I am writing at length to alleviate any concerns you may have and to hopefully be helpful to those trying to select the right surgeon.
I can not rate my experience high enough in relation to every aspect of my cataract diagnosis, care, and ultimate surgical intervention. Mr Ionides is a very approachable professional who has a justifiably excellent reputation within his field. He was very informative at outset, whilst keeping me at ease given the probability of eye surgery. He was completely happy to discuss further with my wife, also a doctor, who had plenty more technical questions. He also gave me his direct contact details should I need to contact him with further questions.
After my eyes had deteriorated so much that I was no longer legal to drive, Mr Ionides discussed the various lens options and we decided the Zeiss trifocal lenses would be the most appropriate. Three days later my first eye was operated on. The operation was very quick, 10-15mins after the anaesthetic was administered, and was entirely pain free. The following day I immediately could see the amazing life changing results. The following week my right eye was completed with equal success. Mr Ionides made sure that he contacted me the day after each operation to make sure all was well.
I absolutely could not be happier with the results – I am so positive about the whole experience. Before electing to choose the lens I had been informed of one shortfall (halos round bright lights at night). Whilst this is indeed true, it is entirely manageable and does not cause any difficulties. My vision is now better than 20:20 and colours are very much brighter/crisper.
A final note about Mr Ionides. He is a consummate professional, backed by considerable experience and reputation. In the unlikely event of a problem during surgery I had absolute confidence that he would be the best person to handle any given situation. This together with his warmth and personable approach makes him a first choice when needing an eye specialist. He is also ably assisted by his practice manager, Mrs Leigh McEvoy, who is also both warm and helpful in her approach to ensure that the potentially daunting experience is as painless as possible.
I originally went to visit Mr Ionides to discuss cataract surgery
I had worn glasses/lenses for 40 years and was very apprehensive of any laser surgery
Mr Ionides answered all my questions and I can honestly say that I am so happy with the results.
I was very apprehensive about the procedure but was amazed at the standard of care- Mr Ionides and his staff are on hand to answer any questions you may have.
I then had Lasek surgery to correct astigmatism in both eyes- now I can see perfectly and do not need any glasses for reading.
I would highly recommend Mr Ionides and Moorfields Eye Hospital to anyone considering Laser Eye Surgery.
The care before and after the surgery is fantastic.
I can’t recommend Alex Ionides and Moorfields Eye Hospital highly enough. The hospital itself has the best staff, equipment and surgery; and Alex was fantastic from the start to the end of the process. He is both highly qualified and extremely empathetic. Most importantly he was also extremely impressive in the operating room. I have just had my 6 month check-in and my sight is better than 20.20. Thank you Alex and team!
I am very happy that I no longer have to wear contacts/ glasses which I have done since I was 16. Mr Ionides was very informative and put my mind at ease. The procedure itself was completely painless and well organised.
I would highly recommend Mr Ionides and his team to anyone looking to have their eyesight corrected.
I have worn glasses since I was 11 and at 57, was very shortsighted with a strong astigmatism, -11/50 / -10.50 astigmatism +5.50 / +4.00. I had previously been told that I was not suitable for laser surgery due to my thin corneas. I heard about lens replacement and started looking at my options. I considered one of the high street chains but was not left feeling confident after a consultation, my main concern was not having any personal contact with the consultant doing the surgery. Given that you only have one pair of eyes, I decided to pay for a consultation at Moorfields. Mr Ionides considered all aspects of my sight and instead of opting for trying to correct all aspects of my vision with lens replacement, offered a combination lens replacement with Lasik surgery. He took time to explain in detail every aspect and what I could expect. I wasn’t promised being glasses free but there was a good chance. The lens replacement surgery itself was pain free though a did have a headache the next day, manageable with pain relief. The amazing experience of waking up the next day and being able to see out of one eye is difficult to describe but made everything worthwhile. The aftercare was exemplary, as well as scheduled follow up appointments with Mr Ionides, I had his email address and was able to contact him at any time if needed. I took advantage of this and he either came back with an answer or arranged an additional appointment to see me. Recovery from the Lasik took longer than the lens replacement and has taken over 6 months for my vision to settle, long distance is 20/20 though I do need glasses for close up reading only. I would have no hesitation in recommending Moorfields, and Mr Ionides – you get what you pay for and in this case, you are paying for specialist consultants at the top of their game and the best level of care and after care available
Mr. Ionides came highly recommended to me by his peers at Moorfield Eye Hospital, so I was very happy of the opportunity to have him as my eye surgeon. The service was extremely professional throughout and I felt in safe hands at all times.
Following my initial eye examination I was advised based on the thinness of my cornea to go for the LASEK as opposed to LASIK. The surgery itself was quick (10mins) and pain free. The aftercare included a list of different eye drops which kept me comfortable while my eyes healed, two to three weeks. I was able to function normally everyday within three days of surgery and as long as you stick to the routine of applying the eye drops there was no real discomfort. I could see the difference in my vision within day one though blurred at times and now two months later I have almost perfect eyesight which I am told will keep improving.
I recommend to anyone who has struggled with poor eyesight to have Laser eye surgery and consult with Mr. Ionides who is a highly experienced and professional surgeon.
Last month I had lens replacement surgery to correct the myopia and astigmatism in my eyes after 40+ years of wearing glasses. Right from the get go, Mr Alex Ionides was very caring and empathetic, taking the time to answer all of my questions (even if they may have been asked more than once!) very patiently, efficiently and in good humour. He immediately put me at ease and on both days of the surgery, I had 100% trust and faith in his expertise and abilities. I felt very comfortable throughout. Since the surgery, I’m so happy with my near and distance vision and being free from wearing glasses. It was a bit weird between the surgeries, having one eye seeing perfectly and the other having blurred vision so I didn’t drive very much, but this is all explained in advance. I’m so glad that I had the surgery and am thankful to Alex. I knew wholeheartedly that I was in the best hands. If you want the best in every respect, Alex Ionides is the surgeon for you.
I have recommended Alex to multiple people who have all had similar very positive experiences. Within an hour of having the surgery I could for the first time in my life read the small print on my phone. The surgery was pain free and only took around 5 mins per eye. I was 40 years old at the time of the operation.
One eye which had a high stigmatism had to be done twice, this was within the originial price of the surgery. Once I had 20/20 vision I then had other surgery to straighten a lazy eye. No professional had every suggested that I have laser eye surgery to correct my vision before operating on a lazy eye. Seems the most logical approach.
Alex has really good interpersonal skills, highly professional and I could not recommend him or the operation more highly. It was totally life changing. Thank you.