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Mr Julian Stevens

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon Mr Julian Stevens

145 Reviews

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 attentio ...Read more

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.

2. Training

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.

3. Qualifications

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

5. Prices

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.

To find a top-rated laser eye surgery clinic near you, just click here to use our simple quote tool, and receive a tailored match and quote from a clinic you can trust.

Mr Julian Stevens Reviews


Molly Masters

05 Apr 2019

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

21 Nov 2017

My results have been exceptional, beyond what I was expecting. Although the recover period was long it was well worth the wait. I now feel like I have perfect vision.

21 Nov 2017

Before consulting Julian Stevens I talked to friends who had experience of ophthalmic surgery. They each said that he was one of the very best, that I could not be in better hands. And they were right. Julian Stevens, as well as giving me expert guidance, answered my many questions fully, and made plain that I had a fair risk of complications, in part because the cataracts in both my eyes were particularly dense. With the Premium aspheric multifocal lens he implanted in my right eye on Tuesday 24th October and the lens he adapted for enhanced near vision and implanted in my left eye on the 28th, I now have in-depth distance, middle and near vision focus. Amazing! I can not remember ever being able to see as well as this. No need for glasses. I am so very grateful to Julian Stevens – and to his excellent team.

Dorothy Sharp
6 November 2017

03 Nov 2017

Great surgeon, told me all the costs up front and what would occur during and after the surgery. He also informed me of possible side effects. Couldn’t be happier with the after care. Would defiantly recommend to family and friends.

31 Oct 2017

My experience with Mr Stevens and his team at Moorfields was first class in every respect. My initial examination and consultation were very thorough, and my options were clearly explained to me in a way which I could understand.
The LASIK procedure was quick and painless, and carried out with the utmost professionalism, as was my aftercare, and my recovery was very quick and trouble free.
I am delighted with the outcome of my surgery, and would not hesitate to recommend Mr Stevens and his team to anyone considering eye surgery.

31 Oct 2017

Great experience with Julian Stevens and his team. Very efficient and thorough. I’m delighted with the results. Thank you!

31 Oct 2017

I had laser surgery 15+ years ago and whilst good I had issues with night vision and light blurring. I had the above treatment with Julian Stevens after much research and the results are amazing.
So if you have had laser treatment previously and have some issues this treatment is a great option for all round improvement

31 Oct 2017

Extremely happy with the procedure. Professional service with a high level of communication and transparency about the process. Would recommend to anyone who is thinking about similar treatment

31 Oct 2017

Great experience from start to finish. Surgery is quick and painless and the aftercare was excellent. Would definitely recommend.

31 Oct 2017

I would like to thank Julian for giving me sight again – truly impressive – no dry eye, amazingly quick recuperation and I love not having to wear glasses (especially when sailing).

For anyone who was as nervous as me, don’t put it off, I wish I had been brave enough years ago.

31 Oct 2017

After a sketchy consultation at a more local clinic, I wanted to go to Julian at Moorfields to be sure of the best treatment possible. 6 months post-op, the process (and now my vision) could not be more perfect. With my new eyesight, I’m now able to go for the career I’ve always wanted!

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