Moorfields Eye Hospital

Moorfields Eye Hospital is a long-established eye hospital, with its main location situated in the heart of London. It is not only a teaching hospital but is also an international centre for ophthalmic care.

History Of Moorfields Eye Hospital

Having opened in 1805, Moorfields is one of the oldest eye specialist hospitals in the world, and today, the expert staff still treat patients who have travelled from around the globe to avail of their services. The team carries out procedures available on the NHS, and there is also a private section through which patients can undergo a range of procedures. From treating serious conditions such as retinal detachment to offering common procedures such as laser eye surgery, there is a wide range of innovative treatments available at Moorfields Eye Hospital.

Why Go To Moorfields?

For over two hundred years Moorfields has been at the forefront of pioneering techniques in visionary care. It is considered to be one of the leading centres for the training of ophthalmic surgeons and welcomes trainees from around the world.

The hospital is run as an NHS Foundation Trust and has two commercial arms, Moorfields Pharmacueticals and Moorfields Private. Moorfields Private is governed by the NHS but all its clients are fee paying and any profits made are channeled back to the Eye Hospital to fund patient treatment. All of the consultants practicing at Moorfields Private have at least 8 years experience as an ophthalmic surgeon and are all on the special register of the GMC (General Medical Council).

Moorfields Eye Hospital Treatments

With over 270,000 patients visiting Moorfields every year it can be said that Moorfields Eye Hospital is one of the most experienced eye care specialists in the world. There are many types of procedures available at Moorfields Eye Hospital, both through the NHS-funded division and the private section.

Some available procedures include cataracts surgery, a procedure that is faster than traditional forms of treatment for cataracts. Other treatments include refractive lens exchange (RLE), and implantable contact lens (ICL). In addition, common laser eye treatments such as PRK (Photo Refractive Keractectomy), LASEK (Laser Assisted Epithelial Keratomileusis) and Wavefront-guided LASIK (Laser Assisted In-situ Keratomileusis) are also available. Those who are deemed to be able to qualify for treatments on the NHS can obtain treatment to correct eye diseases and conditions, improving both their vision and quality of life, while a number of other procedures are available to those who simply want to negate the need to wear contact lenses or glasses for their reason of choice.

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The Cost Of Surgery At Moorfields

LASIK Laser Eye Surgery £2,150-£2,450 per eye
LASEK Laser Eye Surgery £2,150-£2,450 per eye
Wavefront LASIK Laser Eye Surgery £2,150-£2,450 per eye

Treatments on the NHS are free, with initial consultations for private treatments costing a standard rate of £150-£250. For treatments such as laser treatment, such as LASIK, LASEK and Wavefront LASIK, prices range from £4,300-£4,900 for both eyes. This cost also includes 2 follow-up appointments and any medication that’s required. With the NHS there are no fees for patients, however, not all patients will be eligible for publicly funded surgery.

The World's Best Eye Surgeons

Watch Mr Alexander Ionides, Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, explain why some of the world's top eye surgeons work at Moorfields:

Video Transcript

"The great thing about working at Moorfields Eye Hospital is that it’s the oldest eye hospital in the world, founded in 1804, and it has an enormous amount of outpatients, casualties and operations, so to train there you learn so much so quickly. It’s a fantastic place to be, so if you want to do eye surgery the place to try and get a job is Moorfields Eye Hospital."

Mr Alexander Ionides, Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital


Where Is Moorfields?

Moorfields Eye Hospital is situated in the heart of the city at 162 City Road, London EC1V 2PD. The closest tube station is Old Street station and many buses also stop close by. Moorfields is located on a Red Route so no parking is available outside although several pay and display car parks are close by as well as parking meters on various adjacent side roads in the immediate area.

It is always best to book an appointment in advance rather than just turning up at Moorfields to avoid lengthy delays although emergency cases will be dealt with by their Accident & Emergency department.

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Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

As one of the worlds leading eye hospitals, Moorfields NHS Foundation Trust specializes in providing world leading expertise in laser eye surgery for NHS patients that are suffering from illness related optical deficiencies. Such illnesses that can qualify a patient to receive free laser eye surgery at Moorfields include diabetic retinopathy and macular oedema. Free laser eye surgery on the NHS for such conditions are allowed because leaving the condition untreated could lead to significant loss of vision to the point of causing disability. Laser eye surgery required just to improve vision is not normally allowed on the NHS or the Moorfields NHS Foundation Trust.

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