Professor William Ayliffe

Professor William Ayliffe

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

Ophthalmology

37 years of experience
25 years as a specialist

Overall Rating

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5
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4.93
Explanation
4.93

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“Professor Ayliffe was courteous and friendly. At the consultations he explained things clearly to me. I am extremely pleased with the outcome of my procedure.“
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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
    171 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 Sydney Street, AccuVision The Eye Clinic, BMI Shirley Oaks Hospital and Spire St Anthony’s Hospital.

    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.

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    Medical procedures

    • Cataract Surgery
    • Glaucoma Surgery
    • Complex Cataract Surgery
    • Corneal Transplantation
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    Special interests

    • 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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    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

    4.95 Overall Patient Trust rating
    Overall Experience
    Explanation
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    Cataract Surgery
    7/14
    Eye problems
    4/14
    Cataracts
    3/14
    Urgent Eye Care
    2/14
    Vision problems
    2/14
    uveitis
    2/14
    Complex Cataract Surgery
    1/14
    Eye Problem
    1/14
    Macular Degeneration
    1/14
    Ocular Migraine
    1/14
    Ophthalmology
    1/14
    Uveitis
    1/14
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    Overall
    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Cataract Surgery Cataracts Eye problems
    Professor Ayliffe was courteous and friendly. At the consultations he explained things clearly to me. I am extremely pleased with the outcome of my procedure.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Cataract Surgery Eye problems Cataracts
    I was referred to the Professor by the gentlemen at Accuvision in London. I saw him at their consulting rooms and he explained that I had a cataract and that surgery was needed. He explained the procedure thoroughly and explained what I should expect and and also the side effects to having this cataract surgery. Armed with the wealth of information provided I went ahead and had my surgery to the right eye successfully having had to wait patiently due to the Covid restrictions at times in place. I have since had Lasik laser eye surgery to my left eye under guidance from the Professor and I can say that both operations have been 100% successful and I am thrilled by the results. I am so pleased that I followed his recommendations and proceeded as he advised. For the first time in over 50 years I am able to see long distance without glasses and this will help my sporting pastimes immensely and my quality of life. I am so thankful to him. Many, many thanks once again.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    uveitis Cataract Surgery Eye problems
    He absolutely saved my sight. Now things are back on track and he always talks through various treatment options available.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (4/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Cataract Surgery
    I owe my sight to Professor Aycliffe, as I have been under his supervision for about 5 years now, and as recently as August, he removed cataracts from both of my eyes. I am always made to feel relaxed when I'm in his company, and any questoons I may have, are answered and also explained.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Ocular Migraine Urgent Eye Care
    Professor Ayliffe is always very welcoming and puts me at ease. I’ve been under his care for a number of years and whenever I have any flare ups, he’s always available via email and responds quickly to reassure and advise on next steps. Fully professional but also friendly and calm and very thorough. I would highly recommend his services.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Cataract Surgery
    The process from start to finish was exemplary. From Professor Ayliffe explaining what would happen, through the operation and then the post operative appointment I always felt very comfortable
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Vision problems
    Prof Ayliffe diagnosed me with a meningioma (affecting my vision) in short time and informed me immediately of the scan result. He took care to referring me to the right consultant allowing for a speedy treatment, from which I have made a full recovery.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Eye problems Macular Degeneration Urgent Eye Care
    He is the pinnacle of professionalism, he always listens intently to what i have to say and explains in great depth the procedures required or treatments to improve my ocular health. He is a very kind and gentle man with a very good bedside manner. He is also one of the most intelligent people that i have ever met. I have no hesitation in recommending Professor Ayliffe to anyone who requires this kind of assistance and help with their ocular needs.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Cataract Surgery
    Professor Ayliffe undertook cataract surgery on both my eyes during two separate procedures, two weeks apart from each other. He determined that I needed prompt treatment based on my extremely poor sight and ensured that I received treatment very quickly. I was anxious about the procedure as I am a nervous patient, but I was reassured I was in excellent hands with Professor Ayliffe based on his credentials, experience and the consultation I had with him. I gained a sound understanding of what the cataract surgery process involved and the desired outcome and was able to ask any questions. My experience of the procedures was excellent. I was totally at ease throughout and although I was fully aware and conscious during the surgery, I did not feel any discomfort. My eyes have recovered very well following the surgery and I have experienced the benefit very quickly indeed. I have been delighted with the outcome of my restored vision! During my post operative follow up consultations, Professor Ayliffe confirmed that he was happy with my eyes and that the desired outcome had been achieved.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Cataract Surgery Complex Cataract Surgery Eye Problem Ophthalmology Vision problems
    Professor Ayliffe is one of the most fantastic doctors I have ever come across. He is kind and incredibly conscientious with a great patient manner. He truly wants to get the best outcomes for his patients and will go way above and beyond to do so. I only had light vision in my right eye after developing a cataract as a complication of uveitis. Professor Ayliffe operated on my eye after trying to optimise my condition as far as possible and managed to restore my sight to 20/20 vision. He is an excellent surgeon and medic and I feel very fortunate to be under his care.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    uveitis
    the most amazing specialist who has saved sight
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Uveitis
    I have been seeing Prof. Ayliffe for a few years for the treatment of uveitis. He is a very experienced consultant in the field - perhaps the most among all I have met - who managed to put my (very stubborn) condition into remission. Addditionally, he is also very kind and considerate, which I really appreciate.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (4/5)
    I have been under Professor Ayliffe for the last 15 years or so and my experience with him has always been first class. His knowledge is second to none and he always puts the interests of the patient first. He is also very informative to advise you what is going on and has a very easy manner in explaining procedures or treatment to the patient. I cannot recommend him too highly - he also has a good sense of humour!
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Cataracts
    Perfectly satisfied with consultation.
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