CleverDrops is a sophisticated smartphone app developed by Julian Stevens to help patients cope with their medications after surgery. Now available on Google Play for Android devices, more of Mr Stevens’ patients can now benefit from CleverDrops. The app is simple to set up and personalise, helping patients know which medicines to use and when.
This course was designed to teach surgeons about the very latest technique in cataract and lens surgery, where a femtosecond laser is used for great precision (femto-phako). Topics included: the learning curve, femtosecond versus manual phako, complex cases and new lens implants.
Live surgery using the Catalys femtosecond laser was a highlight of the day. Following excellent feedback another course is now planned in June 2015.
As the international guest speaker, Julian Stevens was a popular lecturer in the cataract and refractive session at the NEOS meeting. Focussing on the very latest topics, Mr Stevens gave lectures on astigmatism control using femtosecond lasers and new IOL designs. He also held a seminar on advising patients about individualised, personalised risk for cataract surgery.
Mr Stevens was proud to be part of this year’s educational programme for students at Harvard Medical School, Boston. The department of ophthalmology welcomes “eminent ophthalmologists from around the world who are performing cutting edge work in their field” and named Mr Stevens as “Cornea visiting Professor” for this occasion.
Mr Stevens delivered two forward thinking lectures and his specialist expertise was utilised in the Clinical Grand Rounds at Mass. Eye Hospital. This is where patients with complex refractive problems attended with their surgeons for Mr Stevens and the Mass. Eye ophthalmologists to help advise about future management.
This popular 2 day course is designed to provide the basics for excimer laser refractive surgery for ophthalmic surgeons in training. Highlights included live surgery performed by Mr Stevens, a video symposium with Consultants demonstrating their technique, and wet-lab time. There were lectures by Mr Stevens and other internationally recognised Consultants.
The Moorfields LASIK Refractive Surgery course was founded by Mr Stevens in 1998 and is held annually at Moorfields in December.
Mr Stevens delivered multiple presentations at the annual ESCRS conference at the Excel Centre, London, in September. He participated in a number of clinical sessions covering laser refractive surgery, advanced lens implant designs and calculations, and femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery.
Mr Stevens was also presenting at the UKISCRS congress in a specialist session “Femtosecond laser surgery, a 10 year celebration”.
The third Ophthalmology Futures Forum was held in London. This is designed to facilitate innovative ophthalmic product development and improve eye care delivery. Mr Stevens was speaking and moderating technology related sessions and is also a member of the clinical advisory board for Ophthalmology Futures.
After having the lenses removed from her eyes 28 years ago, Claire White, now 29, has had lens implant surgery to restore her sight. This was performed as an NHS procedure by Julian Stevens at Moorfields Eye Hospital. In the Hertfordshire Mercury, Claire said “It was definitely life-changing” and Mr Stevens described the results as “transformational”.
NHS Heroes is a recognition scheme designed to celebrate the unsung heroes who work in the NHS. Mr Stevens is proud to receive an NHS Heroes award voted for by patients two years running. Mr Stevens has a specialist NHS corneal clinic based at Moorfields Eye Hospital.
Writing for the Daily Mirror, Dr Miriam Stoppard says that Mr Stevens “has magicked my eyes so that I can sit here writing with better than 20/20 vision” after her femtosecond laser cataract surgery. She also described how she was “gobsmacked” after the procedure, saying “Colours are dazzling. Lights are like arc lamps. It’s hard to describe the perfect-diamond quality of everything.”
Mr Stevens has been named as a recipient of the 2013 Senior Achievement Award by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). This award is in recognition for his contributions to the Academy, its scientific and educational programmes, and to ophthalmology.
In an interview with The Sunday Times, HRH Princess Michael of Kent told the newspaper "At least I see brilliantly. I had my eyes lasered by Dr Stevens at Moorfields."