With 20 years performing vision correction surgery under his belt, Mr Julian Stevens has been a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital since 1988.
The good news? Mr Stevens makes the list of the 10 best laser eye surgeons in the UK, based on thousands of patient reviews since 2002. Hundreds of former patients have left positive reviews, praising his surgical skill and caring manner.
Is there anything I should know? You’ve probably already guessed this, but Mr Stevens’s experience and prime London address also makes him one of the most expensive eye surgeons around. As with all Moorfields surgeons, his prices can be double that of competitors.
So is he the one? If you would like a second opinion, you can find the top-rated eye surgery clinic near you using our simple tool here, and book a free consultation with an eye expert to discuss your options.
1. About Mr Julian Stevens
Julian Stevens won a scholarship to study Medicine at Merton College, University of Oxford, where he was then awarded a Postmaster scholarship. He graduated top of his year in 1980 and was awarded the Oxford University Prize in Medicine for the top First Class Honours Degree.
He continued his clinical medical training at Clare College, University of Cambridge and at the Cambridge Medical School. Higher training was undertaken at the Oxford Eye Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.
After completing his general ophthalmic surgical training, Mr Stevens undertook two years of sub-specialist training, with Fellowships in Lens, Corneal and then Refractive Surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital.
Mr Stevens was appointed as Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital in January 1996. His main interest is laser refractive surgery.
He has been involved in the development and application of wavefront refractive surgery and has personally performed over 10,000 wavefront procedures. Mr Stevens was the first Director of Refractive Surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital.
Mr Stevens joins Professor David Gartry in being one of the UK’s most qualified eye surgeons. He is an examiner for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and holds the Certification of the Royal College in Laser Refractive Surgery. He is an advisor to the British Society for Refractive Surgery and is on the Board of the International Society of Refractive Surgery.
He has won prizes from both the American and the European Societies of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. He is the recipient of the 2007 American Academy of Ophthalmology (ISRS/ AAO) Lans award for innovation in refractive surgery.
Internationally recognised as an expert opinion leader, Mr Stevens has published peer reviewed papers on refractive surgery and is regularly invited to deliver keynote lectures at national and international ophthalmic meetings.
Mr Stevens trains Ophthalmic Surgeons in advanced refractive and cataract surgery. He founded the Moorfields basic and advanced IntraLASIK courses and the Moorfields wavefront training course for Ophthalmic Surgeons.
4. Patient Reviews
“My husband and I had lens replacement by Mr Stevens last year, and are both thrilled with our results. After years of wearing glasses, we feel liberated from them from the moment we wake up. I would personally recommend Mr Stevens, and would not hesitate to refer any of my family to see him when the necessity arises for them to seek eye treatment.” – June Clayton
“I had LASIK in 2005, performed by Mr Julian Stevens at Moorfields Eye Hospital. I have absolutely fantastic vision and it stills shocks me just how well I can see. The procedure was quick and painless, and Mr Stevens and his team made me feel at ease throughout the whole process.” – Rosie
“Mr Stevens was fairly brief in his pre-op time given for discussion but you could say, efficient and utterly knowledgeable. His junior doctors were not so well informed and one lady even fobbed me off with false information. His receptionists (especially Janet – a star) were much better informed. Overall I received all the answers I needed (I was annoyingly inquisitive) but had the sense that as a customer of an expensive and commercial procedure, time for chat was necessarily not huge. Delighted with the results.” – Andrew James
As you would expect at Moorfields Private, Mr Stevens does not come cheap.
Laser refractive surgery costs twice the quotes at other leading UK clinics, although the prices for lens replacement surgery are only around a third more, given the higher base cost of the lens itself.
- Consultation: £150 – £600
- Wavefront laser refractive surgery: £4,370 – £4,970
- Refractive lens surgery: £3,825 – £4,430 (per eye)
- Cataract surgery cost: £3,825 – £4,430 (per eye)
Unlike at many other clinics, initial consultations with Mr Stevens are not free – you’ll be paying between £150 and £600, depending on the surgery you’re interested in. If you would prefer to have the option to pay monthly for your surgery, it’s worth looking around, as Moorfields will need the full payment up front. At Optical Express or Ultralase, for instance, you could pay around £50 a month for two years.
6. The Verdict
So, is Mr Stevens the right eye surgeon for you? Of course, that all depends on where you live, and what you’re looking for. His prices are some of the highest in the industry, but he can also justify them, as one of the UK’s most qualified surgeons.
You’d be in trusted hands with Mr Stevens. That said, with eye surgery considered a safe elective surgery by the General Medical Council (GMC), no one should feel obliged to spend any more than they are comfortable with. You can always attend free consultations with a range of surgeons to see where you feel most comfortable.
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Mr Julian Stevens Reviews
Julian is the absolute best eye doctor. He knows everything about everything, without exaggeration. I have seen him many times since 2010, and my 96 year old Grandfather has been in his care for many years. I did my laser eye surgery with him in 2010, and have no issues. It was fast, painless and the after care was amazing. I’ve also had a few eye infections and issues which I’ve wanted to see him about. He saw me quickly after the GP misdiagnosed my condition and sorted it out. I’m extremely grateful to him and his team for all the superb care he has provided to me and my family.
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.
Cannot recommend more highly, Mr Julian Steven’s, is the top man for eyes ,he and his team work wonders ,they are so professional and caring my surgery went very smoothly and l am thrilled with the results
My situation was similar to others on this site – severe myopia that progressed from childhood. I knew that intraocular lens replacement was a treatment for correcting myopia but had been persuaded to persist with contact lenses. Mr Stevens took a different view and prescribed intraocular lens replacement followed by fine-tuning with surface excimer laser treatment (a combination I had wondered about but was never suggested to me). The implantation of prescription lenses corrected my vision to such a good level that I do not feel the need to proceed to laser treatment (although this remains an option). Thanks to the judgement and expertise of Julian Stevens and his excellent team my vision is better now, for both reading and distance, than at any time I can remember – a period of at least 50 years. A transformative experience for me.
A fantastic service from the initial consultation through to being discharged in around 6 weeks after surgery, Very impressed with Julian Stevens & his team, the surgery was 100% painless & i was totally looked after all the way, i have already recommended friends to have their eyes done, my sight is 1000 times better & i have binned the glasses, thanks for the service, its not often in todays age you get service like this, if you are thinking of having your eyes done, this is the man to do it !
I am absolutely delighted with the outcome of my recent (August 2019) cataract surgery undertaken by Mr Julian Stevens at Moorfields Eye Hospital. In addition to the removal of cataracts in both eyes Mr Stevens created specially customised lenses that also corrected my exceptionally poor sight. I am currently recovering well from surgery and well on the way to achieving perfect vision. I am inordinately grateful to Mr Stevens and his team at Moorfields Eye Hospital. Treatment before during and after surgery was excellent. The improvement in my eyesight following surgery has been truly transformational! I would unreservedly recommend Julian Stevens to anyone considering cataract surgery particularly anyone with complex eye problems
Mr Stevens and his team are simply fantastic. Mr Stevens was so professional yet reassuring when I had questions and worries, and made the whole process straightforward and transparent. There were no hidden costs or fees, everything was explained clearly and thoroughly, and I was made to feel welcome and comfortable at the clinic. I am beyond delighted by my results – I have just had my first eye test post-surgery and have been told I have vision far exceeding 20/20, which is more than I could ever have hoped for! Freedom from glasses and contact lenses is truly amazing, and I have Mr Stevens and his team to thank for that. Without a shadow of a doubt, I would recommend Mr Stevens to anyone looking for any form of eye surgery (in-fact I have already made such a recommendation, and the person in question has had successful treatment too).
I highly recommend Julian Stevens at Moorfields as someone who is top of his game and a truly lovely person. He has a warm and caring personality and his passion for the best possible vision for his patients just shines through. When I was first diagnosed with rapidly advancing cataracts in both eyes by my optician just over a year ago and was told that no glasses or contact lens solution was possible (after 8 years of wearing a +1D contact lens for reading and near perfect distance vision), I had no hesitation in asking for a referral to Moorfields. Eyes are all they do and they have a worldwide reputation. I researched my options about different procedures, lenses, surgeons etc. and quickly learned that the skill and expertise of the surgeon is the most important factor in the outcome of eye surgery. A skilled and experienced surgeon knows how to avoid problems in the first place but, if an issue arises, he or she knows how to get out of trouble. I knew I had to choose the best surgeon for my eyes as it was not cosmetic surgery; it was necessary surgery on unhealthy eyes which seriously affected my quality of life. I had cataract eye surgery completed by Julian Stevens at Moorfields on both my eyes about 4 months ago and am absolutely thrilled with the results. My new multifocal lenses are balancing extremely well and I now have perfect vision. Julian is supremely talented, very ‘techie’ (so important when you need someone to analyse numerous and detailed biometry calculations), highly professional, charismatic and reassuring. He explains things clearly and comprehensively and leaves you feeling that you are in the safest possible hands. His team, along with the nurses at Moorfields Eye Hospital, provided exceptional service and care from start to finish. I have no doubt that I made the best choice in entrusting my eyes with this amazing surgeon and I cannot recommend him highly enough.
My experience with Julian Stevens was quite negative. I went to him because I had night vision issues from previous myopia surgery (haloes, starburst, etc.), although I could do without glasses. He advised me to undergo further laser surgery with him in order to fix these night vision problems. After going through a retreatment procedure with him, I started to suffer from big headaches. I went to an optician, and I discovered that I had been left with +1D of hyperopia! In order to avoid the headaches that I was suffering, I had to start to wear glasses again. This has been a massive step back, and a very depressing journey for me. During the entire process, I felt completely on my own, and I did not feel supported at all. Prior to surgery, I was given very little information. In particular, I did not know that I was going to be deliberately overcorrected. If I had known that, my decision to undergo surgery would probably have been different. On surgery day, during that difficult time that I was waiting in a room before the procedure, being very nervous and afraid, I felt like I was treated like a dog rather than a person. The assistant was more concerned about taking payments for surgery than reassuring me and others in the same situation. Finally, during the few follow-up visits that I had, Mr Stevens was not straightforward about the results, and he insisted on blaming my headaches on anxiety, rather on surgery results. All in all, I would not recommend anyone to undergo vision treatment with Mr Stevens. Also, I would advice everyone to consider it carefully before having laser eye surgery. Although it has advantages, things are not as miraculous as they tell you. For example, no-one tells you that the margin of error is somewhere around +/-0.5D (or even greater), and secondary effects such as haloes, starbursts and dry eyes affect most people in some degree.
Having recently had cataract surgery and laser surgery on both eyes carried out by Julian Stevens I highly recommend Julian and his team. The procedure has vastly improved my eyesight. What is impressive is the care and attention to detail at every stage by Julian and all his team. Absolutely first class