In January 2012 I launched My Beautiful Eyes Campaign, calling for the UK government to regulate the refractive eye surgery industry.
This resulted in a surprisingly high number of people asking for my advice, and so I set up MBE Foundation, a patient advocacy service...

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09 Apr 2018 06:47 #1 by Danny
I had the displeasure of dealing with this idiot once before, OE sent me to him in an apparent attempt to find a fix for my eyes that were completely botched at OE, I found Julian Stevens to be one of the most arrogant and uncaring individuals I've ever come across, he's just a horrid piece of work really, it's no surprise he told me my issue was basic under-correction, obviously trying to hide the fact that OE had completely ruined my eyes and could not be fixed, but then he wouldn't want to tell the truth I suppose and bite the hand that feeds, OE did pay for the appointment after all.

Luckily I've never seen him since, I never will either, he really is just an awful excuse for a human being.
05 Apr 2018 11:52 - 05 Apr 2018 14:09 #2 by Julian Stevens Damaged Patient
I had laser eye surgery with Mr Julian Stevens at Moorfields Private* and now have induced astigmatism and dry eye disease.

Julian Stevens carries out laser vision correction surgery on patients with anxiety/depression in their medical background, and then, when they develop dry eye disease, he claims that their "psychiatric disease" is what has caused their symptoms. At least this was his response to me and I'm guessing it is his standard response to complaints when patients who have anxiety/depression anywhere in their history end up with dry eye disease. He says the depression exacerbates the perception of dryness and that this is based on studies. He even says that the actual "tears" of a depressed person can also cause dry eye after surgery and that this also is based on studies (correspondence to be uploaded soon)!!!.

He does not tell you this before the surgery obviously, only afterwards (at least this was so in my case). On the contrary, in my initial consultation he said the fact that I was on a particular anti-depressant medication was a good reason to proceed with surgery even though I had dry eyes!!!

This could be considered highly unethical practice but Julian Stevens would not worry about this as he well knows that, the industry being unregulated, any surgeon can easily get away with permanently damaging patients' eyes on a regular basis and attributing it to other causes (and charging approx £2000 per eye for the privilege).

This is just one example of the multitude of highly dubious, if not criminal, techniques that ophthalmic surgeons employ on a large scale to negate responsibility for an inherently harmful procedure. And damaged patients have no recourse.
admin: *Not to be confused with Moorfields NHS Hospital :kiss:
30 Mar 2018 00:46 #3 by Anon
AVOID. AVOID. AVOID. I had Lasek surgery with Julian Stevens on one of my healthy eyes. I now have induced astigmatism, severe dryness, irritation, and photophobia in that eye. In addition to this, the whole service was absolutely appalling and below a decent standard in many respects. Before doing the surgery, he told me I had dry eyes, but said he was not worried about this and would go ahead anyway. Since then, he has tried to blame the bad result in my right eye on everything under the sun.

My GP refused to refer me on the NHS as he said the symptoms were clearly linked to the laser surgery and so I had to see the laser surgeon. So I was forced to pay Mr Stevens a further £350 for further appointments so he could look at the eye he had damaged!!!! He finally wrote a letter to my GP so I could be referred on the NHS.

It was truly a horrendous experience. I could tell from his whole attitude that he does not care about his patients. Will take your money and then abandon you when you have complications, and try to blame them on other things.

No one needs to pay good money to have this stress in their lives!

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