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
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
My husband and I had lens replacement by Mr Stevens last year and have just had Lasik treatment to one eye to refine my left eye and I just wanted to add that I could not have had better treatment and after-care (which I think is very important). We are both thrilled with our results, after years of wearing glasses we feel liberated from not having to wear glasses from the moment we wake up. I would 100% 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.He also has a wonderful PA in Janet Bartlett who makes you feel relaxed and answers any of your queries or fears and is always at the end of a phone to ensure you never feel isolated. (FANTASTIC)
Mr Neil Dawson
I had Lasek eye surgery to both eyes in October 2010 following months of debating whether I should have it done. I had been wearing glasses and contact lenses for the last 15 years and was getting fed up with the inconveniences wearing them bring. I was a little apprehensive at having Laser surgery at first however, Julian put my mind at rest from the moment I met him at my first consultation - especially when he told me that the procedure would be pretty much straight forward in my case - He was 100% correct. I am very impressed (and relieved) with the results and wished I'd had it done sooner. Following surgery, I was expecting a couple of weeks of discomfort due to known after effects of having Lasek surgery. However, I must say that following surgery I only experienced a couple of days of discomfort although no need for any pain killers. This was probably more down to the standard of aftercare and amount of eye drops which had to be taken religiously for the 2 weeks following surgery.If anyone is thinking of having Laser Surgery, I would recommend that you go to Julian Stevens to have it done - I have recommended Julian to my sister who had her consultation earlier this week and has booked herself in to have her eyes done in March. Having surgery with Julian is not the cheapest but, you get what you pay for!!!!
I had a wonderful experience with Mr Stevens and his team. I was very uncertain about whether I could face the procedure initially. However, Mr Stevens and the whole team were so enthusiastic, helpful and professional that I booked up straight after the consultation.I spent a week worrying about it and then when it came to the procedure I cannot believe how straight forward it was. I was not worried about pain it was more that I was squeamish about my eyes being operated on.I am sure there are so many people out there who feel the same way. I want to tell them that the procedure is so simple with no pain, no scary operating equipment, virtually no funny sensations, all you had to do was look at the red dot. It only takes about 10 minutes from start to finish.You can see really well straight away, but your eyes are a bit watery. Each day that goes by they feel a bit better. I am one week on and I feel amazing. I have gone down to taking drops every 4 hours and I have almost forgotten that I ever wore glasses.Mr Stevens spotted that my eyes were dry and is treating me for this too. All in all this has been a wonderful experience and I recommend every one out there who is nervous about it, not to be because there is nothing to be worried about and to be able to see so well after all those years is fantastic.A big thanks to Mr Stevens and all the team but especially to Daphine who has been a great help and support from the first appointment.
Having worn glasses from the age of 8, this has truly been a new life for me. Having better vision than 20/20 is something above my expectation too. Entirely grateful for this new experience.
Mr Stevens is charming, calm, and completely professional.
The operation was swift and painless. I have had no problems at all subsequently.
I am more than happy with the results.
Previously I had been needed stronger and stronger glasses to read. Now I don’t need any except very weak ones in dim light.
Everything is much brighter and clearer now, especially colours.
I am delighted with the results. Worth every penny.
Thank you Mr Stevens!
In November 2007 I had surgery. I am 34. My eyes were -2.75 and -3. Until the age of 31 the prescription was changing marginally but I still wish that I had had the surgery many years ago: there is no problem with a touch-up.I have always been very active and opted for lasek as the possibility of having an unstable surface on the eye very much scared me.I opted for slight over-correction as this is better for night vision. (Now +0.25 and +0.5)Eyes were painful after surgery for a week and for another couple of months I would wake in the night with a feeling of gritty eyes. After 3 days one suffers 24 hours of total mistiness (very unsettling). Recommend taking a couple of weeks off work. There was also shadowing and minor starbursts but these effects continued to disperse for a year and were hardly noticeable after 4 months. Now every thing is brilliant to see. I just love it.Questions were well answered, especially by the brilliant girls at reception.
Lasek surgery with Mr Stevens has been a huge success and he personally was very reassuring throughout the whole procedure which did require more recovery time by nature of it's process. However, four months on and my eye sight is now a zero prescription for the first time in 30 years - I genuinely don't think about it anymore or remember what it was like worrying about contact lenses. I have already recommended people to see Mr Stevens if they are considering corrective eye surgery both for his expertise and his reassurance ... and sense of humour!
Mr Stevens is the simply best.
I have been thinking about Lasik or Refractive Lens Implantation for years and researched it like crazy. I checked out numerous surgeons and even had consultations with several before finally making my decision. I am (or I suppose I should say, I was) a very high myope (-11.75 with -1.5 astigmatism in my worst eye and not much better in the other) so Lasik was always going to be tricky. Mr Stevens recommended Lens Exchange and told me the “good” news that I also had the start of cataracts. The cataracts were good news as this meant that much of the cost was covered by my private medical insurance.
I have kept a blog of the whole process starting with my search for a consultant and going step by step through the various stages of the process. I will periodically update it over the next few weeks and months. I hope others find it reassuring (especially those of you who are high myopes).
You can read my blog at writeeyes.blogspot.co.uk
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.
Sabin M Brooks
It is difficult to praise Julian Stevens and his team highly enough. I had always wanted laser surgery but was somewhat reticent and nervous about the procedure, particularly following detached retina surgery 6 years earlier. With my history and prescriptions of around -4 & -5 he advised me to undergo LASEK surgery. He and his team were patient, professional and kind…I truly felt like I had opted for the best surgeon at the best hospital in the world. The results bore this out – I am better than 20/20 in both eyes and delighted with the results. I had no hesitation recommending Julian to friends, family and work colleagues who are interested in a life without glasses 🙂