Graham W

  1. Mr W developed cataract  him problems with his vision every day life. After a Consultation, discussion , and some time to consider his options , Mr W elected to undergo cataract surgery with Trifocal implants. He no longer requires spectacles in his everyday life and describes his experience below:

    As I advanced into my sixties, cataracts developing in both eyes made me increasingly dependant on both reading and distance glasses, neither of which I had needed until well into my forties. I arranged a consultation with Mr Shafiq who advised that I was a suitable case for treatment and described the different lens options I should consider. I was clearly under-researched at that point and needed time to mull these options over before making up my mind. I was however immediately attracted to the trifocal lens he had suggested might work best for what I wanted, i.e. not to be reliant on distance glasses at all, and minimal ongoing reliance on reading glasses. Mr Shafiq encouraged me to speak to him at any time if I had further questions about lens types or wanted clarification on any aspects of the procedure. I did speak to him again and found this most useful and reassuring.
    I went ahead with surgery on first one eye and a few weeks thereafter on the other. I was apprehensive about the procedure, especially with the first one, but it all went very smoothly. Over about an hour before being escorted to the theatre eyedrops were periodically administered to dilate the eye in preparation for the operation, and once in the theatre the whole procedure took no more than 15 to 20 minutes. I could only really see a very bright light all the time and experienced no pain at all, just some occasional discomfort as various instruments were deployed. Although I left with a patch over the affected eye which was to remain on until the following morning I knew that I could still see out of it straight away, which was a relief!
    The improvement in my eyesight, which I experienced almost immediately after each operation, has been impressive. Any concerns I had about disorientation from the trifocal effect proved groundless. I have had no need for distance glasses whether for driving or other longer range activities since the first operation, and similarly my close and intermediate range vision has improved to such an extent that my old reading glasses are also now redundant. Fiddly close up tasks, e.g. locating a small screw head with a screwdriver are much more manageable now.
    By way of problems, I had an adverse reaction to the drops I was sent home with. Mr Shafiq was very attentive over this when I contacted him in some agitation the day after the first operation, and the problem was easily resolved. The eye first operated on has felt absolutely fine from the outset. I did experience some minor irritation with the second eye which continued for a few months. I raised this with Mr Shafiq who checked that everything was still well with both eyes, which it was, and explained that it was not uncommon to have this kind of experience whilst the nerves etc in and around the eye settled down after the operation. All is well now.
    As a footnote, at a recent periodic eye examination my optician confirmed that I had no need for prescription glasses of any kind and also said he was impressed with the work that had been carried out by Mr Shafiq, which was as good as he had seen.

    Graham W

December 2017

James T


Firstly I would like to thank Mr Shafiq and all his colleagues at the Nuffield Newcastle for their professionalism during my recent eye operations.
As a young boy I had to wear very strong and heavy lensed spectacles because of long sightedness and then later on in life changing to hard contact lenses. Over recent years I have had problems with these lenses and being told by my optician that I also had cataracts he advised me to contact Mr Shafiq for a consultation.
During this consultation Mr Shafiq advised me that he could rectify my hypermetropia at the same time implanting new lenses to correct the cataracts. He explained everything with great clarity and answered all my queries to reassure me.
Over the next four weeks I had both eyes operated on successfully. The difference in brightness, colour and sharpness was outstanding. Previous to the operations it was like I was looking through a yellow/cream filter.
During the operations Mr Shafiq was so reassuring and has a fantastic personality that I would recommend him as a very professional and accomplished eye surgeon and have no reservations in recommending him to anyone who has any eye problems.
Thank you Mr Shafiq for changing my life for the better and making the world a brighter place.

James T October 2018

Anne M. This lady was living independently and had vision which had become blurred for driving because of her cataract. The testimonial below has been left by her sons who were clearly dedicated to their mother and to helping her maintain that independence.

September 2018


Mr Shafiq

Many thanks to you and the team at the Nuffield in Jesmond, Newcastle for the care administered to my Mother during the past month as she went through Cataract Surgery on both eyes

Every stage of the process took place as described in the briefing notes

There were no surprises, no delays and most importantly due to your expertise we feel you have achieved exceptional results

Mother is now ‘two lines’ on the sight test chart better than she needs to be able to drive safely

Mum is 81 and now lives alone, your successful surgery has now extended her ‘independence horizon greatly’ and given her confidence a must needed boost

Your rapport with Mum made her relaxed at every stage of the process, you explained what you were doing in a manner that was both reassuring and informative as well as easy to understand

I’m sure your work gives you great satisfaction, it most feel so good to have such a positive impact on your patients’ lives and futures

Your great work has also impacted both mine and my Brothers lives’ in a positive way, we worry less about mum ‘stumbling around Northumberland’ not seeing where she is going clearly enough

Mum understands the is no requirement for prescription lenses for distance and that all she need is ‘readers’ we will let the surgery settle for a month and then think about an opticians appointment for appropriate reading glasses

A final anecdote for you, picture the scene…………..

I drive mum to the shops and say ‘I’ll wait in the car here for you,’ off she goes into the Co-op on Amble high street.

As I wait a car pulls in front of me and parks on the road side

I see Mum start to walk towards the car and before I can alert her she has opened the passenger door to the car in front of me and is sat looking at a complete stranger

I’m not sure who was more shocked her, him or me ! The fact that the car in front of mine was the same colour as mine had caused the confusion.

So…. As well as fixing Mums eyes you’ve reduced the possibility of random cardiac arrest for the drivers of Northumberland

Thanks again for your great work

James and Roddy M on behalf of Mrs Anne M.

Catherine V lives in the countryside and relies on driving. She felt imbalanced after one operation through the NHS and could not drive whilst waiting for her second eye. She saw me privately for surgery and return to normal life.

I would just like to thank you for the Cataract Procedure you carried out for me.
I was completely blown away by the fact that the whole process of firstly enquiring about an operation, to being given a date for an assessment appointment to actually having the operation was all carried out within 3 weeks!
Having previously had a Cataract operation on my left eye I was left with Anisometropia. Because of that I could no longer see well enough to drive. As I live in a small rural village with no Public Transport this impediment was causing me a lot of problems.

I couldn’t believe the difference your help made to my long vision so quickly.
Having worn Varifocals for about 30 years I now only need glasses for reading! (Huge Bonus).

I am so happy with the outcome, especially the fact that you’ve given me back “My Wheels “!
I must also praise you for your Professionalism interspersed with your wicked sense of humour!
My thanks also go to your brilliant team who are very helpful, friendly and obviously share your sense of humour!


Catherine V

August 2018

Paul W. June 2018. This gentleman had been short-sighted since early teens and found that his vision had deteriorated to the point that he did not feel safe cycling, which was his normal mode of transport. He underwent cataract surgery to give him unaided distance vision in one eye and middle distance vision in his other eye.

The Kogi people of the Colombian Sierra Nevada subject their shamanic priests or ‘Mamas’ to a remarkable training. From birth and for the first nine years of their lives selected candidates are raised in the dim, monochrome, muted environment of an underground cave. During this extended second gestation they’re educated, taught about the world outside and their place in it without directly experiencing it. On their ninth birthday they’re led out into daylight for the first time. We can only speculate on the lasting effects of this flooding of the sensorium, but one consequence might be an enduring understanding that a conceptual re-presentation of reality is a pale substitute for the givenness and immediacy of embodied being in the world.
Emerging from the bleary, crepuscular gloom of cataract into a clean-rinsed world of perspective, light, colour and distinctiveness has something revelatory about it. Trading lenses clotted and smeary as half chewed Werther’s Originals – lost down the back of the sofa and matted with lint and dust – for lenses blue-bright as fresh unwrapped Fox’s Glacier mints is to concur with Louis MacNeice that “World is suddener than we fancy it. World is crazier and more of it than we think, Incorrigibly plural”, is to be reminded of “the drunkenness of things being various”, is to re-learn a deep delight in simply seeing and a love for the courageous trembling suchness of things seen.
The procedure? Unnerving but not painful. Granted, no-one will ever be able to market phacoemulsification as a fairground attraction, but at no point was so much as a single paracetamol needed.
One note of caution. It may benefit those possessed of a nuanced and evolved sense of humour to request a little extra anaesthetic to desensitise them to the banter in theatre. (Were you in any doubt, that’s a joke Mr S: my very best wishes to you and your team. Poem is ‘Snow’ by Louis MacNeice)
Paul W.
‘I am thinking of starting a Testimonial of the month competition after this one. AS’

Mary F had cataract surgery having been shortsighted and having astigmatism in one eye. Her eyes were therefore focused to give her good distance vision, with a standard lens implant in one eye and a toric implant in the eye with astigmatism to give her spectacle freedom except for very close sight .

Dear Mr Shafiq,
I can’t thankyou enough for the complete transformation in my eye sight. Having been shortsighted for 60 years a grey “fog” also descended which affected my vision even more. Procedures to remove cataracts and insert lenses, one of which was toric, have been a great success. The two operations were only mildly uncomfortable during which Mr Shafiq explained the process. Very worthwhile indeed.

mary f

june 2018

Lynda H. wore contact lenses for short-sightedness and astigmatism. When she developed cataract she had problems with clarity of vision and dazzle. I implanted a toric lens implant to compensate for her astigmatism, short-sightedness and to replace her cataract. Her distance vision is 6/9 or 20:30 in her left eye without glasses, meaning no need for distance glasses or contact lenses any more in that eye.

A couple of months ago the vision in my left eye became very blurred. So much so that it was seriously affecting my work and confidence in driving.  Not good when I had planned a driving holiday in my camper van for the summer!

It turned out I had developed a cataract which was over the cornea.   I had no idea of how long I would wait for NHS surgery therefore I began  to look into private treatment and one name that leapt off the page was Mr Ayad Shafiq.

I contacted him and within two weeks my surgery was done.  I am so pleased I took this route.  I have an astigmatism and Mr Shafiq recommended a toric lense (which I believe is unavailable on the NHS) and the results are truly amazing.

I had been very scared and worried about the procedure and if anyone had told me that I would actually have a giggle in Theatre with Mr Shafiq and his team, I wouldn’t have believed them.  However we did and I can honestly say it was a painless procedure.

Furthermore they all put me very much at ease and I can’t thank them enough.  I will be returning very soon to have another toric lense fitted in my right eye.

Thank you Mr Shafiq and team.  You said you would look after me and you certainly did.  You have changed my life.

Lynda H. June 2018

Mr H had cataract surgery in one eye with good distance vision in that eye , when he came for consultation. He had an extended range implant in his second eye to match the first eye but also give him some depth of focusing.

Dear Mr Shafiq,

l do want to thank you so much for the exemplary service you have given me in dealing with my left eye cataract.

Leading up to my operation you carefully and fully explained my options and your suggestion of a Symphony lens which l accepted has proved to be extremely successful giving me clarity of long distance and also some useful reading ability.
Throughout you have brought a straightforwardness and humourbwhich has given me confidence and made the experience so satisfactory.
Thank you again. I would have no hesitation in recommending your services to others.

With kind regards.

Yours sincerely

Jim H

Elaine W had been shortsighted for most of her life. She had developed cataract and after some research came to see me.

I have always been short sighted and have worn glasses since primary school. Without them blurred was normal. Blurred with them meant a stronger prescription.
Fast forward fifty years and I was told I had cataracts and handed an even stronger prescription. Three years later no glasses would give me the vision needed to carry out everyday activities.
By chance I learned on the internet about a talk Mr Shafiq was giving ,and went more to find out about my condition than for any other reason.
After finding out that:
a)I could be treated quickly,
b) a highly skilled and rated surgeon would be seeing me throughout and
c) my astigmatism would be corrected as well so the hated glasses would be a thing of the past
I decided to self refer.
It was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
To say I was terrified would be an understatement (I had never even contemplated laser surgery for that reason).
However, Mr Shafiq’s manner and explanations before, during and after the procedures made the whole experience as comfortable as possible.
I will never forget that eureka moment when removing the patch after the first operation -I never realised it was possible to see so far and so clearly. Now the whole world looks better, brighter, clearer.
I genuinely believe that not only my eyesight but also my physical and mental health have improved, and it is still early days.
Thank you for everything, Mr Shafiq.
Elaine W
April 2018

Judith B underwent cataract surgery with a toric implant to correct her astigmatism in one eye, focused for distance, and a lens implant for middle distance in her other eye.

I just had to say thank you again for the difference you have made to my quality of life over the past 4 weeks! I am amazed every day by how well I can see to get about and drive without the need for any correction. As I had been a contact lens wearer for over 40 years when I developed glaucoma 9 years ago it was a huge blow to me to find that due to the need to use medication to control my glaucoma my eyes became less tolerant of contact lenses and I had come to rely greatly on varifocal specs most of the time. Having already lost a significant amount of vision in my left eye I felt extremely anxious about facing surgery on my ‘good’ right eye but the cataract was interfering greatly with my day to day life and I could not delay any longer. Upon coming to see you I immediately felt you were the right person to undertake my surgery as your professional but friendly, relaxed and approachable manner instilled confidence in me. Your suggested plan was to implant a toric lens in my right eye to correct both my short sightedness and astigmatism and give me the best walking around vision possible, the left eye could then be corrected with a standard lens to help with closer vision. Four weeks ago I had the first procedure carried out followed two weeks later by the second, both lots of surgery went as planned and were totally pain free, the reassurance and kindness I received from both yourself and the theatre staff made both experiences completely positive and pleasant ones! Now four weeks on and I’m able to enjoy my life again without the need for glasses or contact lens, requiring specs only for reading, which I don’t mind at all. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been able to avail myself of your experience and expertise, thank you so much Ayad.


Judith B March 2018