Professor William Ayliffe

Professor William Ayliffe

BSc MB BS FRCS(Ed) FRCS(Lond) FRCOphth PhD

Ophthalmology

38 years of experience
25 years as a specialist

Overall Rating

Overall Experience

5

Bedside Manner

4.96

Explanation

4.93

Top feedback

“He understood that I was quite nervous, and explained everything that would happen. He also set out the possible complications and the probabilities of each very fully. also had a good sense of humour.“
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Subspecialties

  • Cataract
  • Emergency Ophthalmology
  • Glaucoma
  • Refractive Surgery / Surgical Solutions
  • Retina
  • Vision Correction Surgery
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Languages spoken

  • English
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Registered with

  • General Medical Council: 2597100
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    Practices worked at

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road, London, United Kingdom, SW1W 8RH
    811 reviews

    About

    Professor William Ayliffe is an internationally renowned Consultant Ophthalmologist. He is an Emeritus Professor of Medicine & Biology at Gresham College and formerly Honorary Professor of Vision at City University. He sees patients at Lister Hospital privately.

    He graduated with a first in Immunology at Imperial College London and qualified in medicine at St. Bartholomew's Hospital London. Following this he completed his postgraduate training in in Ophthalmology at Manchester, Bristol, Oxford and Harvard Universities. He completed his PhD thesis on mechanisms of corneal transplant failure.

    Professor Ayliffe specialises in inflammatory eye diseases and corneal and cataract surgery. He has performed thousands of restorative operations and was a pioneer for micro-incision surgery using sub 2mm incisions and the use of realistic iris prosthetic implants for badly damaged eyes.

    He has developed a local and tertiary referral service for cornea, uveitis and inflammatory eye disease. He has also worked in a number of emerging economies around the globe and with ORBIS, the international flying eye hospital.

    Outside of his work as a clinician and teacher, Professor Ayliffe continues to carry out research into the prevention of blindness.


    Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

    • Cataract Surgery
    • Glaucoma Surgery
    • Complex Cataract Surgery
    • Corneal Transplantation
    • Uveitis and inflammatory eye conditions
    • Corneal Dystrophy
    • Macular Degeneration
    • Macular Haemorrhage
    • MGD (Meibomian Gland Dysfunction)
    • Floaters (Eye)
    • Glaucoma
    • Eye Problems
    • Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
    • Corneal Disease
    • Corneal Ectasia
    • Cataracts
    • Blepharitis
    • Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
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    Medical procedures

    • Cataract Surgery
    • Complex Cataract Surgery
    • Urgent Eye Care
    • Corneal Transplantation
    • Eye Test
    • Glaucoma Surgeries
    • Implantable Contact Lens (ICL)
    • Intravitreal Injection
    • Iridoplasty
    • Iridotomy
    • Laser Eye Surgery (LASIK/PRK/LASEK)
    • Meibography
    • Minor Eyelid Procedures
    • Multifocal Intraocular Lens
    • New Eye Exam
    • Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT)
    • Orbital Surgeries
    • Retinal Imaging
    • Routine Eye Exam
    • Scleral Contact Lenses
    • Specialist Contact Lenses
    • Trabeculectomy
    • Trabeculoplasty (SLT)
    • iStent
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    Special interests

    • Cataracts
    • Macular Degeneration
    • Uveitis
    • Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
    • Amblyopia
    • Astigmatism
    • Blepharitis
    • Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
    • Corneal Disease
    • Corneal Ectasia
    • Demodex
    • Dry Eyes
    • Eye Infection
    • Eye Problems
    • Floaters (Eye)
    • Glaucoma
    • Keratoconus
    • Lazy Eye
    • Lazy Eye (Amblyopia)
    • Macular Haemorrhage
    • Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)
    • Presbyopia
    • Vision Problems
    • Visual Stress
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    Education

    Education:

    • BSc Imperial College London,1979
    • MB St Bartholomew's Hospital,1982
    • PhD University of Manchester,1993

    Memberships:

    • Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh and London
    • Fellowship of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London
    • American Academy of Ophthalmology
    • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
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    Reviews

    4.96 Overall Patient Trust rating
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    Cataract Surgery
    8/27
    Cataracts
    3/27
    Uveitis
    3/27
    Complex Cataract Surgery
    1/27
    Urgent Eye Care
    1/27
    Vision problems
    1/27
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    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    He understood that I was quite nervous, and explained everything that would happen. He also set out the possible complications and the probabilities of each very fully. also had a good sense of humour.
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Professor Ayliffes' manner is direct, professional and caring and I cannot thank him enough for improving my eyesight after cataract removal in both my left and right eyes. In particular the sight has improved in my left eye which I had been told for many years was not possible due to amblyopia (lazy eye). I now only need glasses to read and I am so grateful to be able to see the world in such colour and detail.
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    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    Very professional and very kind, providing me with confidence that the procedure would be a success.
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    My experience with Professor Ayliffe has been extremely positive. I met Prof Ayliffe initially in 2004 when he first diagnosed my condition. My treatment at that time was intensive as the condition was in crisis. Prof Ayliffe was methodical and reassuring throughout especially as the condition is sight threatening. My condition stabilised and I was discharged from the hospital, at that time NHS. My condition returned and when I recommenced treatment at the hospital I was dismayed to note that Professor Ayliffe had left and in fact the unit had changed hands. My treatment within this unit for the then 10 plus years became frustrating and repetitive with the consultants being different every time I attended and the same treatment being offered despite evidence that it was not effective. Early 2021, my eye sight was still worsening and following a conversation with my optician, I ascertained the whereabouts of where prof Ayliffe was practicing. I immediately made an appointment. Having then commenced treatment under prof Ayliffe’s care and within a short period of time, my condition has dramatically improved. I am fortunate that i have found prof Ayliffe who I trust implicitly with care of my condition and am grateful that I was able in 2004 to have had the good fortunate to have him diagnose and treat me at the outset.
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Undoubtedly, had I not met Prof. Ayliffe when I did, I would have lost my sight as the previous Consultant had run out of ideas and my issue was/is a complex, sight threatening one. By the time I met him I had lost a significant amount of sight. His vast knowledge, experience and professionalism allows him to think out the box and in so doing he has not only put but kept my condition in remission and I have regained all sight. His manner, social intelligence and humour are second to none and that has meant that I have fully engaged in my treatment plan and trust him implicitly. Wish more Consultants were blessed with this manner. Most recently I chose him to perform cataract surgery despite my insurance company suggesting I use someone from their network and so pleased I did as, again, another fabulous outcome. I have recommended his services to friends and will continue to do so. In saving my sight, he changed my life so for me there only is one eye guy!
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
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    (4/5)
    Patient seen for:
    All went well and better than I was expecting. End result seems fine
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Nothing to add.
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Our daughter has been seeing Professor Ayliffe since mid 2014 which should speak for itself.
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Felt very comfortable and assured before the procedure, and very reassured about the outcome of the procedure the next day. Whole experience was brilliant, and much better than anticipated!
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Been seeing Professor Ayliffe for a number of years in different locations and always found him to be professional and courteous. He only recommends services that will improve or stabilise my eyesight. He also communicates with my Optician to keep him informed of any treatments etc.
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