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 could not have had a better surgeon taking care of my eyes than Julian Stevens – he made me feel comfortable, relaxed and above all excited about the prospect of gaining perfect eyesight under his care. He took the time to make sure I had an answer to every one of my queries and has been absolutely brilliant and hands on from day one. I would not have entrusted my eyesight with anyone else. I cannot thank him enough!
If you re reading this in the hope of finding the right surgeon and best clinic well you ve landed in the right place. what can i say?My prescription was -6.5 in both eyes with high astigmatism, and i ve been shortsighted since i was 5 and im 31. Glasses were making my life hell since im allergic to contact lenses and couldn't wear them for more than an hour. i couldn't jog freely, wear sunglasses whenever i wanted, couldn't swim without having to spend 30 mins trying to fix contact lenses and then use goggles on top and that's if they stay as most of the time they either got stuck underneath my top eye lid or fell out, it was awful! also when i was kid i refused to wear glasses, so i couldn't see the board and failed most of my exams because i was so behind with my education im serious!I've been thinking about this for a while but never had the courage to take it seriously and go for it! let me tell you guys, this is the best thing ive ever done,and the best 4k ive ever spent too, as i now have the perfect vision i cant be any happier i wake up in the morning not looking for my glasses,.. it s freedom! so if you re looking for a great surgeon MR Stevens in the real deal and as for a clinic you cant beat Moorfields, you only have one pair of eyes, don't get taken by discounts and ads with Accuvision and Optical express they re rubbish so many people had problems.!So thank you soo much Mr Stevens for giving my sight back and improving my quality of life and for your patience despite my constant moaning.Also a big thank to Janet for putting up with all my questions and concerns.Selma
Mr Stevens and his team were extremely helpful from the first phone call right up until surgery, all being extremely knowledgeable and friendly. I have worn glasses with a very high prescription my entire life and could have never imaged sight without them. This meant sitting up from the operation and for the first time ever being able to see the clock on the wall was absolutely unbelievable. The surgery has truly changed my life meaning I can do all the sports and activities i want and never have to worry about glasses/contacts. Even the simple things still amaze me, just being able to wake up in the night and clearly see the alarm-clock next to me.I could not recommend Mr Stevens any higher; he is a fantastic surgeon, having filled me with confidence prior to the op and then changed my life during it. If you are looking to have LASIK, you could not be in safer hands.
Should have had this done a long time ago. All very professional and helpful. Information given to all aspects. My job as a golf professional means that my sight is so very important , this has made all the difference to my job and life itself. This is the best thing I have ever done regrading my health.
Julian Stevens was fantastic, helpful and very professional.
So happy! Julian Stevens is reassuring and really knowledgeable which helped ease any doubts I was having. I highly recommend!
Having been told I could not have Lasik surgery, I was lucky enough to be recomended to Julian Stevens.After meeting with him and have the necessary tests i was told I could have the Lasik Surgery to correct my horrendous short sightness. The man is a magician and has worked wonders for me and has revolutionised my wife of life.His after care is sensational and i cannot thank Julian enough for what he has done for meif you need a recomendation for Laser surgery i can only but recomend Julian Stevens to do the Job.
After my consultation with Mr Stevens on 20th Dec 2010,he decided to implant multi-focal lenses with a 1.5 add.As I have early signs of age related macular disease (dry)this was the best lens Mr Stevens advised for now and also if the macular disease progressed,in the future.The outcome Mr Stevens believed would be good distance and middle focus with somewhat less near vision,probably needing glasses for some reading.My prescription before surgery was approx +3.5 r/eye and +6.25 l/eye with 2.25 add for reading.Multi focal glasses and multi focal contact lenses both corrected my eyes perfectly,contact lenses however started to cause a problem and could only safely be worn 2 days a week.Aged 61 I decided on lens implants after much thought and was very nervous of the outcome.After I had found and read about Mr Julian Stevens,he was the only surgeon I wanted.The result brilliant 50% better than 20/20 vision,with the bonus of perfect near vision,no glasses needed at all.The operations were peformed on 25th Jan 2011 r/eye and 1st Feb 2011 l/eye,there was no discomfort or pain at any time during or after the operations,my after clinic visit was on the 17th Feb 2011,all was well and I have no need to return,my drops finish today in my l/eye,my r/eye drops finished last week.Mr Stevens and his team,some names I know,Janet(PA),Nunu and Ulfat,gave me back perfect sight unaided by spectacles.Thank you so much Mr Stevens you are a gentleman and all your years of study and dedication have resulted in perfect vision for me.I recommend Mr Julian Stevens without any reservations.Ray Adams.
I am one of Julian's longest serving patients. He has grafted both my eyes, replaced both lenses, and used lasers to improve the vision further. He is simply the best eye surgeon in this country. If you have a complex eye condition or simply want to be sure you achieve the best result possible, look no further.
After being so shortsighted since the age of 5 it is such an amazing experience to now be able to see without the need for glasses or contact lenses. Weird but wonderful.
Julian and his team have really looked after me from start to finish and I have nothing but praise for the service and amazing change in life this procedure has given me.
I would thoroughly recommend Julian to anyone who is thinking about lens replacement or laser surgery. Go have a consultation and, like me, be amazed at the outcome this will give you.
After being informed by another surgeon 12 years ago that complete sight loss was unavoidable within 2-10 years, I was advised to consult Julian Stevens. To say this man has changed my life is not an exaggeration! From being literally unable to see further than the end of ny nose, to passing my driving test. Over the past 11 years, the care I have experienced from Julian and his team has been outstanding. Julian really cares about his patients and strives to make their sight the best it can possibly be. I trust him completely, and have recommended him on several occasions, always resulting in delighted patients. I cannot praise Julian and his amazing team highly enough. Thank you.