David Gartry is Consultant Ophthalmologist to Moorfields Eye Hospital and Visiting Professor to the faculty of Visual Sciences, City University, London. He was one of the first surgeons in the world to perform laser eye surgery (in November 1989) and has the longest experience in this field of any eye surgeon in the UK. He has performed over 20,000 treatments to date (February 2015) and his patients include Royalty, Hollywood A-list stars, famous musicians, actors, singers, pop and rock stars, politicians and famous business men and women, as well as professional sports stars, famous chefs, artists, TV presenters, writers and novelists. He underwent laser eye surgery (Lasik) himself in October 2000 and therefore fully understands the process from both the doctor’s and the patient’s perspective.
Graduating in 1978 with a first class honours degree in Optometry from Glasgow Caledonian University, David then completed his pre-registration year at Moorfields Eye Hospital in 1979 and, having won first place in the UK professional qualifying examinations, was awarded the Colebrook and Porter prizes of The British College of Optometrists, the Master’s Prize of The Spectacle Makers Company (SMC) and the J Stephen Dawson Memorial award of The Institute of Optometry. He then read Medicine at University College London where he won several academic awards including the annual national Sir Stewart Duke-Elder prize in Ophthalmology.
He became a Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons and The Royal College of Ophthalmologists in 1988 and that same year, while at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, he became involved in the first research work evaluating the then new excimer laser to treat corneal surface disease. From 1989 to 1992 he held a full-time Iris Fund Research Fellowship investigating the potential clinical applications of the laser and in November 1989, while working with Professor John Marshall and Dr Malcolm Kerr Muir, he became the first surgeon in The United Kingdom to perform laser eye surgery (photorefractive keratectomy or PRK). He was responsible for the selection and monitoring of all patients in the original St Thomas’ Hospital research trials and this culminated in the submission of his thesis entitled ‘The Development of Excimer Laser Corneal Surgery in the UK’ for which he was awarded the higher degree of Doctor of Medicine from The University of London.
He moved to Moorfields Eye Hospital, London in 1992 and from January 1998 onwards he was responsible for the first LASIK (laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis) research protocols at Moorfields. He has published over 50 scientific papers relating to laser corneal surgery and has spoken at numerous scientific meetings around the world. In 1991 he was awarded The Storz Medal and in 1993 The Iris Fund Triennial Award. He has written several book chapters and co-edited 3 textbooks: ‘Excimer Lasers in Ophthalmology – Principles and Practice’ (1997, Martin Dunitz), ‘Cataract Surgery’ (2003, BMA publishing) and ‘Corneal Surgery’ (2013, Springer Verlag). In February 1995 he delivered one of the prestigious discourse lectures to The Royal Institution of Great Britain (a historic scientific society founded in 1799 by Sir Michael Faraday) and following this was made a member of The Royal Institution. In 2006 he was appointed Visiting Professor to City University and was Refractive Service Director at Moorfields from 2006 to 2013. He holds The Royal College of Ophthalmologists’ Certificate in Laser Refractive Surgery (2007) and was entered into the 2007 edition of ‘Who’s Who’. In 2010 he was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree (DSc) by Glasgow Caledonian University and in 2013 a lifetime fellowship of the College of Optometrists in recognition of his contributions to the field of ophthalmic surgery.
David Gartry continues to be at at the forefront of technological innovation in surgical techniques and was one of the first surgeons in the UK to evaluate and adopt the latest femtosecond laser cataract surgery techniques (2012).
Professor David S Gartry Reviews
Smooth, sensitive, reassuring- outstanding!
Brilliant. I can see wonderfully what more could I want.
My experience of laser eye surgery with Prof Gartry has been completely life-changing. I have been extremely short sighted (-8.5) for as long as I can remember and totally reliant on glasses and contact lenses. I had LASEK surgery in December 2016 – the procedure was incredibly quick and painless, a little bit uncomfortable but it was over very quickly and Prof. Gartry talked me through each step in a very calm and soothing voice. For the next week or so I had blurry, light sensitive vision and my eyes were often dry, but my sight improved and the discomfort decreased every day. Now, three months later, I have almost 20/20 vision and my eyes have never felt healthier! Prof Gartry and all of the staff at his clinic have been consistently helpful and supportive throughout the entire experience. Before the surgery, they were always available to answer my (very long list!) of questions and the after-care since the surgery has been second-to-none. Upon leaving the clinic on the day of the LASEK, I was given a huge bag full of different eye drops and clear instructions on which ones to use and when, and I was also given a direct number to call if I came into any difficulties; this level of care and support was very reassuring. I would highly recommend Prof Gartry and Moorfields Eye Hospital. The entire experience could not have been any better and I will always be so grateful to Prof Gartry for allowing me to see without glasses/contact lenses and for all of his support and care.
Surgery was quick and pain-free with no problems. Eyes have now settled down and 20/20 vision. I am very pleased I had the surgery
Has been great, best purchase ever made! Had a top up in my right eye which has helped further. Many thanks.
I am very pleased with my outcome. Before the treatment, I had extremely high astigmatism in both eyes (around -5.5), as well as some moderate short-sightedness. I have not worn glasses since the treatment, and can now see as well without them as I could with them before the treatment. I can drive, watch television (and read subtitles), read clocks from a distance, and see people’s faces clearly in meetings! Things I could never do before without reaching for my glasses. Thank you.
I am more than delighted with the outcome of my LASEK surgery. I had myopia of -10 and -2 astygmatism when I first came to see Professor Gartry. A year after having LASEK surgery in both eyes I had a prescription of -1.25 myopia in my right eye and -4.75 in my left. I was pleased with the huge difference it had made to my vision but wondered whether it would be possible for the vision in my left eye to be closer to the vision in my right. Professor Gartry was able to retreat the left eye to balance the two and now I am -1 in both eyes! I understand that retreatments are rarely necessary after LASEK treatment so I was unlucky in that respect but feel extremely lucky to have been recommended Professor Gartry, to have been under his care and to have near perfect vision now. I can’t recommend him highly enough.
Extremly professional, very kind and well trained staff.
I experienced excellent service and support from Professor Gartry and all his staff – both clinicians and his office team. The nursing staff at Moorfields were also very good. My only constructive piece of criticism is that I felt a bit ‘abandoned’ in the waiting room at Moorfields before I went through for surgery. There was quite a gap between my arrival and being seen – nearly an hour I think. I’m sure this is normal but it would have been helpful if one of the nurses or the receptionist had told me on arrival roughly how long I would be waiting. This would have managed my expectations and made me feel more relaxed, as it’s quite an anxious time and I felt I had to chase staff to find out what was happening. However, this is a small point and my general experience has been hugely positive – and I’ve had an amazing result from the surgery. Thank you!
Wonderful! Off to pilot school now!