An experienced Ophthalmic Surgeon, Mr. Esselaar has performed more than 26,000 procedures including LASIK and LASEK. He is registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and is a fully trained Ophthalmologist who has undergone additional specialist training in refractive surgery.
He is an Ophthalmic Surgeon for Optical Express who has gained vast experience in a wide range of specialities and is an active member of various affiliated bodies and societies. Twice every year, Mr. Esselaar attends International Medical Advisory Board (IMAB) Conferences and is annually assessed by this board. The panel consists of several of the world’s most eminent Refractive Surgeons including Mr. Steven Schallhorn, former Head of Ophthalmology for the US Navy, Dr. Jan Venter, a world leading Ophthalmic Surgeon, and Mr. Jeffery Machat, co-founder of TLC Vision, one of the largest laser vision correction providers in the world.
Mr. Esselaar began his studies at the University of Cape Town in South Africa where he was awarded a BSc in Pure Mathematics and Chemistry with triple distinctions in 1974. He continued studying at the University of Cape Town where he completed his MB and ChB degrees in 1980, and at the University of Stellenbosch, where he completed his MMed (Ophth) degree in 1988. Mr Esselaar worked in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Stellenbosch for ten years, holding the positions of Senior Consultant Specialist, Senior Lecturer, Head of the Medical Retinal Unit, Chairman of the Undergraduate Ophthalmology Teaching Program, and Postgraduate Ophthalmology Medical and Surgical Supervisor.
He proceeded to spend the following three years working as a Specialist and Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Private Royal Hospital of the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam before relocating to the UK. His dedication to his profession and patients is evident from his clinical experience and continued attendance at seminars and conferences as both speaker and delegate.
Had my surgery just over three months ago and the results have been fantastic. I had Intralase Lasik with Wavefront. Dr. Esselaar is thoroughly professional and has a warm and calming manner. I felt totally comfortable in a very strange alien situation; it's not every day that you trust someone to cut flaps in your eyes. He talked me through every stage of the process which was very reassuring. I wouldn't hesitate to go through the process again. Highly recommended - top surgeon.
very reassuring, I had total confidence in him and he really put me at ease.Very calmly kept me informed of what was going on and what would happen next and was obviously pleased when I was so happy with the results even after just sitting up after the procedure6 out of 5!!
I had my laser treatment in the summer of 2007 in Newcastle. My surgeon was Dr. Esselaar and looking back on the whole experience with fond memories I can honestly say I would have not gone with anyone else. A true professional who explained everything in the most meticulous of detail he ensured that the originally frightful concept (my eyes are very sensitive and I hate anything touching them) became a relaxing and pleasant experience which I would recommend without a shred of hesitation to anyone considering it now. I was constantly informed of what was occurring and what benefits it would bring and the information made everything much clearer and understandable. I cannot recommend him highly enough. Thank-you Dr. Esselaar and your staff.
Very professional, calmly expains what he's doing throughout your procedure, makes you feel very confident throughout.
Really nice guy who talked me through the whole procedure, excellent results for me very happy.Only thing was i was told my by counsellor that i could play rugby full contact in 4-6 weeks but he said it is best that i don't do contact for 3 months. I'll listen to my surgeon over my laser trained optometrist.But great surgeon.
I had my eyes corrected by Mr Esselaar in April 2006 when he was employed by Optimax. My surgery was performed in Newcastle and I achieved 6:4 vision through his skills.I found Mr Esselaar to be thoroughly professional and he was very patient in explaining to me the answers to ALL my questions (I asked a lot!)During the operation he was constantly talking to me, telling me exactly what he was doing and how he was doing it. I felt he was in complete control at all times and he made me feel very relaxed about what he was doing.I would recommend him to anyone who is wanting to have their eyes surgically corrected.
What a professional man. You don't spend a lot of time with your surgeon, but once he's had a look at your results of the tests took on that day and another look at your eyes you have a chance to have a chat and ask any questions. He was warm and friendly and put me at ease. One of the other ladies that had her eyes done on the same day wasn't as impressed with him - but i think she wanted someone very chatty etc - obviously the surgeon is busy and wants to get on!