Case Studies / Testimonials

The following patients had Multifocal Lens Implants for their cataract surgery:

Very, very good and would recommend anyone to use this service. I had a cataract procedure done by Dr Chan and the level of service was second to none including the after care service. His quality of work was exemplary and I am very happy with the service/outcome. The procedure itself took approximately 25 minutes and I was put at ease all the way through.

Colin H

I felt very safe throughout the procedure. Mr Chan was extremely professional. At the first consultation he explained in full the anatomy of the eye, what a cataract is and how it would be removed. The explanation was very helpful and reassuring. The operation went well and I am extremely happy with the result.

Bethia P

I recently had cataracts removed from both eyes by Mr Chan. From start to finish I felt I was in safe hands. Everything ran smoothly, and Mr Chan and his team could not be faulted. They were extremely professional, but at the same time friendly and reassuring. On both occasions Mr Chan phoned me the day after surgery to ensure everything was going well. I would unreservedly recommend Mr Chan and his team at Spire to anyone requiring cataract surgery.

Elaine M

Dr Chan is an excellent surgeon. He took time to explain the procedure and allowed plenty of time for any questions. He was reachable at all times and always quick to respond to any queries. He has excellent bed side manner and I am very grateful for his service.

Courtney B

I had 2 multifocal lens replacements for cataracts. Extremely nice and and great team. Very helpful and caring. Excellent outcome.

Rob S

The first step with Dr Chan was the consultation which he thoroughly explained allaying any fears or concerns I had with the cataract surgery. The operations were carried out with the utmost professionalism and care and consideration. The aftercare was explained fully and Dr Chan phoned the following day to make sure everything was as it should be. I am delighted to have my cataracts gone and to see more clearly and colours more vividly. I would recommend anyone who needs this to go ahead.

Margaret S

Highly professional and responsive cataract surgery from experienced surgeon.

Mr Chan performed cataract surgery on each of my eyes with a two week interval between operations. The operations both seem to have been successful and without complications at this point in time (two weeks after the second procedure). Mr Chan explained all procedures clearly and went out of his way to fit me into his, and the hospital’s, schedule in order to enable me to be able to resume driving. I recommend Mr Chan highly fly cataract surgery.

Gene T

Set at ease from the beginning to the end. At the initial consultation appointment Dr Chan was excellent in his listening and understanding. He was then excellent in his communication of what was required. He laid out extremely clearly what would happen. On each of the two days involved, everything went without a hitch and the procedures were carried out successfully. Follow up was careful with a personal next day telephone call each time. Instructions for post operation medical care were clear in written formation this case different type of eye drops were provided. All in all, the whole experience was excellent.

Jean S

I’ve just had a hard cataract removed by Mr Chan and a custom lens replacement inserted. I first had extensive examinations of my eyes by a nurse using various machines. Then my first consultation with Mr Chan. His manner was respectful and caring. He was very knowledgeable and experienced. When I returned to have the procedure I met excellent nurses, was given a comfortable chair to sit in in a very pleasant environment. Visit from Mr Chan, a freshly made sandwich offered before and after the op. The operation experience itself as good as an op can be. Mr Chan asked me to work with him through my cooperation. He told me from time to time where he had got to in the operation, which I much appreciated. After op, wheeled back to the comfy chair, rest, visits from nurses and Mr Chan. Post op regime thoroughly explained and printed. Discharged, accompanied to taxi by a nurse. Mr Chan rang me at home to check all was going well. It was. Am able to communicate with him if necessary.

Leonora K

Mr Chan

May i say this surgeon is the most amazing doctor I have ever seen he is not a brilliant surgeon but his manners are outstanding as I am very nervous he made me feel so relaxed and he is amazing the job he has done on my eyes it is just magical sitting here at my computer typing without any glasses again magical. We cannot forget the other doctors / nurses all the staff they make you feel so important.

Well done to you all I would and I do recommend Mr Chan and all the staff at Spire.

Margaret T

The whole experience, especially where Dr Chan and his “theatre” staff were involved was excellent. Good advice given at all times and the post experience was superb.

However a couple of minor concerns re the Day Care Ward experience. No-one kept me updated on why I was waiting for such a long time to be taken to theatre. I appreciate that medical surgery can take, in some cases, longer than expected but I do think that the patient should be kept updated – especially when the patient is a paying customer.

Also the eye drops shown on the discharge form were wrong. one drop was repeated twice on the form and, therefore, one drop was missed off.

Douglas L

From the outset when I met Dr Chan he inspired confidence in me. Initially he carried out laser treatment on my right eye that had previously had a cataract removed. The difference was instantaneous and amazing. I have a long standing injury to my left eye with a bit of metal lodged therein. After discussion with Dr Chan he agreed to remove the cataract with the proviso that it would help balance my vision allowing more light in but would not correct the long standing sight impairment. I am delighted with the result and after less than a week could see things with my left eye I hadn’t been able to see for years. I would recommend his no fuss, no nonsense yet approachable style to anyone seeking help with their sight and would definitely choose to see him again if the need arose.

James B

I was kept fully informed about my procedure in advance and was impressed by the care taken by each person I came in contact with to clarify and ensure I was comfortable and any queries were explained in detail. It was a very smooth running service carried out with good timing. A very happy experience for me.

Margaret S

Staff were very attentive & made sure I understood each stage of the process. The surgeon & anaesthetist on both occasions put me at ease. Dr Chan was caring, totally efficient and professional but also approachable.

I cannot comment on value I have no comparison as I had to use savings for this on account of the long NHS waiting list for cataract surgery.

Margaret B

Mr Chan was good at explaining what surgery was required and during the procedures kept me aware of what he was doing and what stage he was at. He gave me confidence in him which kept me relaxed. The follow-up phone call from Mr Chan personally was much appreciated.

Kenneth L

From consultation to cataract operations on both eyes Dr Chan was extremely diligent in his care of me as the patient. At the consultation everything was clearly explained, each operation took about 20 mins there was no discomfort throughout the procedures.

The greatest pleasure was the morning after the second operation when I was able to remove the eye patch, my vision was tremendous and the colour clarity amazing.

A very big thank you

Andrew M

Mr Chan gave me impeccable care when I underwent bilateral cataract surgery this month.

He was caring informative and thorough and was very professional in all respects. He was clearly respected by other members of his team and I recommend him unreservedly.

Graeme M

Found the experience very good and very efficient. No after effects. Vision vastly improved after cataract surgery.

Alan C

Dr Chan is one of a rare breed of professional clinicians in that he not only produces, from years of experience gained from contrasting scenarios in very different areas of the world, an accurate diagnosis but he clearly also has that uncommon gift of getting to the heart of the problem very quickly and providing reassuring solutions to patients with complex ocular problems as he did for me.

Graham G

Dr Chan recently carried out cataract removal surgery on both eyes. The difference in my eyesight afterwards was dramatic. I had no problems with the procedures, no pain, and excellent after care. I cannot thank Dr Chan enough for his excellent work. Throughout the entire process he was very caring and his knowledge, expertise, and professionalism was exemplary. I would have no hesitation to recommend Dr Chan to anyone.

James M-32

Have just had cataract procedure on my right eye and am amazed at the huge improvement in vision in just a few days. At all times I was kept fully informed of the procedure and I am so pleased and grateful to Dr J Chan and his team for being so kind and looking after me so well. I am now looking forward to having the left eye procedure scheduled for two weeks.

Christine R

I have recently had cataract surgery performed by Mr Chan, having been told my cataract was particularly dense and the risks were greater than normal, I felt completely confident by his calmness and professionalism. I would not hesitate in recommending him.

Thank you for the restoration of the sight in my left eye and your team for the care and professionalism.

Frank Gray.

I have had a cyst, a lump under my eye for a year now, I’ve been to many doctors, nhs, opticians and they all gave the same advice, which hardly made a difference. However Dr Chan, even from the first consultation was intelligible and allowed for me to have an operation within the next few months, whereas the NHS would’ve take more than a year to. Before the surgery, Dr Chan made sure to put my mind at ease and tell me everything about the surgery, which helped a lot already. I wasn’t put to sleep even though it was a heavy operation, however nervous I was Dr Chan made me feel so much better. I am so glad I went through him instead of NHS. He was so kind and caring, he made the scary operation feel like a breeze. And only a few weeks later, there is absolutely no swelling, bruising or even any signs I’ve had an operation; my face looks perfectly normal. I can’t thank him enough and I highly recommend him to everyone, he really does do his job well!


Mr Chan removed cataracts in both my eyes. I was very pleased with the treatment I received as it was completed in a very professional manner. On both occasions, there was no bruising or visible marks after removal of the cataract. I would highly recommend Mr Chan’s service to others.

James M

Mr Chan performed two cataract operations for me two weeks apart and within 2 weeks of my initial consultation. Thus I avoided a two year wait to have it done on the NHS. Mr Chan explained everything clearly and was very reassuring, kind and caring. He telephoned me the following morning after each procedure and checked everything was alright. I cannot recommend him highly enough. All of his staff were extremely professional and caring and are a credit to him. I look forward to many more years of good eyesight hopefully enabling me to remain independent and driving my own car.


Visited Dr Chan for minor eye surgery. Dr Chan is lovely, he explained everything and took his time to make sure I fully understood everything about the procedure. He offered me an appointment swiftly and I’m so pleased with the results. Very highly skilled Doctor, the whole experience was perfect.


Excellent service from Mr Chan and his team. Cataract surgery on both my eyes has been very successful restoring my sight with very little discomfort.

Angela G

I was well  taken care of from start to finish of my procedure everything explained to me so no surprises all went very well no pain  all’s well very thankful 

Stella Glass

Tin is a lovely very caring man and a genius surgeon – highly recommend. Our 16 year old trainee jockey daughter had to have 2 cataracts removed and replaced with new trifocal lenses. All caused and complicated by type 1 diabetes. Her vision is now approaching 20:20 and her life has changed completely.

George L

First class experience for all the Team and Mr Chan who made everything run smoothly and kept me informed step by step.


Excellent service from first consultation through to final surgery. Mr Chan was extremely professional throughout, explaining the medical problem and the possible different options for repair. The communication between the various members of staff was excellent, being kept up to date from pre-admission through to discharge. I felt it was quiet expensive but in the end worth the money for the efficiency and very prompt admission dates. Mr Chan was extremely professional, approachable and helpful throughout. I feel I made an excellent choice in deciding to have my surgery performed at Shawfair Edinburgh and choosing Mr Chan as my consultant. I cannot recommend him enough. Many thanks to everyone involved in my care. I would highly recommend to anyone.


Mr. Chan – provided first class service which was superb – i just need back up glasses for reading occasionally- I’m now back driving- hurray!
Absolutely first class service from consultation to operation- I’m utterly thrilled, actually totally shocked at the results and cannot fault anything- hugely recommend your services and your team for a splendid operation and service!


My eye surgery was a new experience, being awake for the operation! Dr Chan was amazing, talking me through the whole procedure with instructions and reassurance all the time. To be honest, it was easier than having a filling at the dentist! A very talented and skilled professional. All done in twenty minutes, too.

Ian D

Cant fault it from initial consultation to end result. Five Stars!

Marie S

Mr Chan is an excellent, kind, caring surgeon. He explained everything he was going to do and was reassuring throughout. Both my procedures went very smoothly and Mr Chan contacted me by phone after each to check on my progress. At all times I felt I was in very competent and safe hands. The outcome of my cataract surgery is very good.

Linda C

Mr Chan is a delightful and interested person who really cares about his patients and knows his job well.

Ian H

Very charming and thoroughly professional – highly recommend


I found Mr Chan very professional helpful and careful to make sure that I was fully aware of the procedure and aftercare that was required. I would not hesitate to recommend Mr Chan to anyone requiring his field of expertise.


I had eye surgery at Shawfair Hospital performed by Dr Chan. I was really impressed by the care and attention by Dr Chan and his team. The whole procedure was explained in detail by Dr Chan and the nurses were really pleasant and friendly making the experience very relaxing. The medication provided was explained and a copy of the instructions made it easy to follow. I would have no hesitation in recommending Dr Chan and team to anyone having eye surgery.


Absolutely brilliant experience, I was well looked after from start to finish. I would have no problem recommending him. My eyes are better than I ever expected they would be. He made me feel at ease always letting you know what was happening during the surgery. I have had no pain or problems since my surgery and I am very pleased with the results. Anyone considering cataract surgery should go for it, it is well worth it.

Linda C

I was very pleased with the treatment i received at Shawfair hospital. I thought your explanation of the work you would do on my eyes was very clear so that I could understand it and wasn’t anxious about what was to happen. Likewise when you were operating it seemed clear what was happening which was reassuring. In the ward the staff were friendly which is just as it should be.

With Many Thanks

Margaret MacGregor

I saw Dr Chan regarding squint surgery as my left eye was very noticeably out of alignment. From first appointment to my final check up Dr Chan explained everything clearly, managed my expectations and was friendly and professional throughout. The surgery was arranged quickly and Dr Chan and the Spire staff looked after me extremely well. The result was beyond my expectations – I am very happy with the outcome, thank you so much Dr Chan


Mr Chan did a cataract operation on both eyes, 2 weeks apart. Both were very successful and Mr Chan undertook the surgery in what was (to me at least) a very skilled, empathetic and professional manner. What stood out for me was his words of comfort (particularly through the first operation) and letting me know what was going on. I also was impressed that he called me the day after both operations to make sure all was OK. The entire experience was excellent, and if anyone reads this who is worried about someone poking your eyes with a sharp stick, don’t be. The procedure is painless and doesn’t last too long. The difference in my eyesight is unbelievable and I’d like to thank Mr Chan and his team for their excellent care and professionalism.

Brian T

Dr Chan performed cataract surgery on my left eye. Throughout consultation , operation and after care he was always professional , empathetic and respectful! He delivered an excellent service, removed anxiety and has restored good vision. I have already recommended him to two of my friends who are contemplating the same treatment. A big thanks to him and his team at Spire.

Keith P

The experience was excellent. When a student nurse at St Mary’s, Paddington in the 1950s I witnessed the cataract operation in theatre and vowed I would never have that operation myself. But Mr Chan assured me so much had changed from that time. And it certainly had which I have been telling my friends. Most of all I was so taken with Mr Chan’s courtesy to his operating staff in theatre. Now, the recovery stage completed it is wonderful to see how I did thirty years ago. Many thanks to him and his very pleasant and kind nursing staff.


I recently had cataract operation by Dr Chan I have to say he was so lovely. He put me at me ease before and during operation and followed up the next day to make sure all was ok. Lovely man.


Dr Chan was very helpful prior to both of my eye operations and afterwards. Good communication and always responded to any questions I emailed etc.

Thank you Dr Chan


I was very pleased with the very professional and knowledgeable care from Mr Chan for recent cataract surgery (trifocal lens replacement). I was diagnosed with early onset cataracts (mid-40s) with high myopia. Dr Chan provided excellent care, ensuring I understood the procedure and possible side effects. The operations were successful and it has been quite literally life changing to not require glasses or contacts after 35 years! Mr Chan has provided thorough follow-up care. The service provided at the Shawfield Hospital was really excellent. I’d recommend Mr Chan to anyone requiring eye surgery.


Pre-operation information well prepared and presented, with excellent nurse attendance pre- and post-operation. Patient made comfortable and reassured. Successful surgery and the feeling of being in good hands. All in all, a very satisfactory experience.

Mr C. F.

My appointment was made to see Mr Chan at fairly short notice at end of 2020 and I was extremely happy to see him for my consultation within 2 weeks of appointment being made. I subsequently saw him again to have both my cataracts removed and replaced within 1 month of original appointment. All of the services he provided was entirely to my satisfaction and should it be necessary to see him further I would have no hesitation in doing so.

Mrs M. S.

I was referred to Dr Jonathan Chan following being diagnosed as Intermittent Angle Closure in both eyes by my optician.

Dr Chan following confirmation of my condition acted swiftly to reduce the risk to my vision whilst buying some time prior to lens replacement surgery.

I cannot express enough how completely satisfied and delighted I was in the speed of care and personal attention Dr Chan has given me. He was available 24/7 when I had any concerns. His knowledge, manner and professionalism is absolutely first class. He talked through every step of the process ensuring I had a full understanding of all of the procedures. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Dr Chan to any of my friends or contacts as he is a wonderful Ophthalmic Surgeon which I have been very fortunate to meet during this very unexpected and worrying part of my life .

Mrs H. B.

Since the operations the whole world is brighter looking forward towards my gardening and lawn bowls in several weeks.
Can’t thank Dr Chan enough

Mr D. P.

From the moment I picked up the phone to enquire about operations at Spire Healthcare to the completion of my two operations I received excellent care and attention.
Thank you Dr. Chan, Nurses and Administration staff. All was completed within one month.

Mrs M. J.

Mr R. had a history of high myopia (high short-sightedness) and astigmatism and since early childhood had been wearing strong prescription glasses. His vision deteriorated gradually over the previous year and breached DVLA driving standards. He underwent successful bilateral cataract surgery with special multifocal lens implantation under local anaesthetic. He is now totally glasses-free with no correction required for either distance vision (e.g. for driving), mid-range vision (e.g. computer work) or close-up vision (e.g. for reading). He is extremely happy with the outcome of his surgery and with the experience and management of his care.

MR J. R.

Mr McD is a farmer who came to see me because his deteriorating vision was causing him difficulty driving his tractors on the farm. He underwent successful cataract surgery with multifocal lens implants and was very pleased with the resulting unaided vision of 6/5 distance vision and N4 reading vision.

MR J. McD.

Mr F is a retired pensioner with a history of optic nerve damage from past treatment for a pituitary tumour. He had recently developed cataracts and subsequently failed his driving test. He underwent successful bilateral cataract surgery with multifocal lens implants which resulted in very good vision and enabled him to regain his driving licence and his independence.

MR E. F.

Mrs W. had developed dense cataracts in both eyes and her poor vision was depriving her of her enjoyment of reading and watching television. She underwent successful bilateral cataract surgery with multifocal lens implantation and now is glasses-free and once more enjoying her hobbies and her daily activities.


Mr W. L., had his reading vision compromised by the development of cataracts in both eyes and the latest glasses from his own optician were not helping. He had successful bilateral cataract surgery with multifocal lens implants and was very happy with the visual outcome.

The following patients had Monofocal Lens Implants (i.e. this corrects distance vision only and so reading glasses are required even after successful surgery).

Mr W. L.

MRS S. had developed cataracts in both eyes. She had a history of a divergent ‘lazy eye’ during childhood, which, in spite of squint surgery and patching treatment elsewhere, retained poor vision. As the visual potential of that eye was poor, she underwent cataract surgery with implantation on her fellow eye. This resulted in a very good visual outcome on her only ‘good’ eye and she was extremely happy with the surgical outcome.


Mr C. had a very complex ophthalmic history which included dense cataracts, glaucoma and pseudoexfoliation syndrome. He was also on oral Tamsulosin medication (for his bladder problem) and this drug is known to increase the risk of surgical complications during cataract surgery. He underwent successful bilateral cataract surgery with implantation and was very pleased with the visual outcome.

MR R. C.

Mr M. was originally referred to me for deteriorating vision in the right eye which was thought to be due to lens capsule thickening following right cataract surgery in another unit a few years previously. During my examination, I found that the cause of his poor vision in the right eye was in fact a retinal detachment and referred him immediately for retinal surgery. After his recovery from this, he underwent cataract surgery on the fellow eye. This also corrected his high myopia and he is now glasses-free for distance and is very happy with the visual result.

MR E. M.

Mrs S. had a longstanding history of poor vision in both eyes due to macular degeneration. Her local eye department had actually discharged her and had recommended for her not to have cataract surgery because her visual prognosis was very poor due to the macular degeneration.

I discussed with her at length how, although the macular degeneration appeared advanced, the cataracts were also very dense and on balance, there was a good possibility of some visual gain following cataract surgery. She decided to proceed with bilateral cataract surgery with implantation and is now extremely pleased to be able to see 6/9 unaided distance vision.

Mrs J. S.