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
I had the wave front Lasik technology surgery with Mr Julian Stevens and I'm still so pleased with my wonderful vision like crystal clear , I would highly recommend Mr Stevens to anyone considering Laser Surgery.The procedure took about 10 minutes for both eyes, good thing is after surgery no pain and you can’t find any bruise. I can honestly say that it is the best place to do laser vision correction. I start driving on same day, from next day it comes normal .THANK YOU MR STEVENS!!
For many years I believed that my strong astigmatism in my left eye would mean I wouldn't qualify for corrective eye surgery. A friend recommended I see Julian for a consultation and I soon discovered that my -7.25 astigmatism wouldn't be difficult to correct. I now have zero astigmatism in both eyes and I have beyond 20/20 vision with an amazing 6/4. Nothing is impossible... Thanks Doctor.
“I had my laser operation on 25/07/2014. It was quick, totally painless, and very well organized. My vision now is excellent, I wish I had done it long time ago. Before I came to Julian’s practice I’ve made a research and found out that Julian is one of the leading doctors in the eyes laser correction sector, and I am happy to be treated by him. Special thanks for Julian’s team: everything was very well organized, smooth and friendly.”
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
I cannot praise Mr Stevens and his team highly enough. A big thanks to Janet for her people and organisation skills, you’re a star. With a -10 prescription in both eyes I had multi focus lens replacement in Nov 09. after wearing contact lenses for 30 plus years I am truly seeing things for `the first time`. There is no problem with distance or near vision, its wonderful.immediately after the first operation, I was still on the table, I was so overwhelmed with my vision I couldn’t speak and it just got better and better. A few days after having the second eye done I was driving and caught sight of a rainbow, well I could hardly drive for the tears. It was so wonderful to see the colours they were so bright and clear to me for the first time in my life. I did have to have a slight correction as one of the lenses had moved a little but again Mr Stevens was wonderful and as with the initial operations it was quick and there was no pain at all.If anyone has doubts about the lens replacement op, put yourself into Mr Stevens hands and `do it`. Its best thing I have ever done for myself and even 7 months on I marvel every day that i wake up and `see` the world without any aids.Thank you so much
Fantastic! Not only has what Dr. Stevens has done for my site taking me from a -5 to perfect vision the after care was second to none. I was concerned about having just had surgery and needing drops in my eyes for hayfever and Dr. Stevens was on hand to reaasure me and provide me with advice not only for now but how to manage my hayfever in the future. It's been 15 months and life has lietrally changed for the better. I continue to reccomend him and his team to everyone I meet. Thank you!
Very professional pre-op, operation itself was painless and quick and within 3 months had perfect vision. Best medical decision I’ve ever made and glad I went with the best! Mt brother also had his eyes corrected here and both of us agree Dr. Stevens and his team are experts in their field and show genuine dedication to what they do. Thank you!
Had Lasek surgery 18 months ago. It was painful and uncomfortable. I would definitely recommend that you book a week at home after surgery and have someone pick you up or help you home after surgery. For 3 months afterwards I would wake up every now and then with the sensation of painfully gritty eyes. But this side-effect was temporary and would subside about 10 minutes after waking up ... in the scheme of things, not a huge issue.Apparently, it does not make much difference which surgeon you have unless things go wrong and I was willing to pay for the guarantee of having Dr Stevens in case they did. His average results are also very good. He 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. I used to have a prescription of -2.75 and -3.00 and was completely dependent on glasses or contacts. I am 34. So pleased to have stable eyes from lasek as I do loads of outdoor activities and I can see very well (20:20). I never got used to contacts or glasses and as someone who loves to feel self-reliant, the surgery has made a tremendous difference to my life.Recommend the lasek surgery with Dr Stevens.
Another satisified customer! Dr. Stevens and his team made all feel very routine and straightforward. My procedure and recovery were quick and as described to me beforehand. I'm now free of glasses and delighted with the results
Absolutely delighted with my vision, the surgery, the after care; I felt very well looked after and I can now see perfectly!