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Professor David S Gartry

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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

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19 Jan 2017

Everything was great

18 Jan 2017

Admittedly took longer than I expected to have an impact (2-3 months) but that was probably due to my uneducation of the whole process. After 3 months I still experience tired eyes at the end of the day but I am sitting in front of a computer screen all day! Very happy with the result now and very happy with the overall experience.

18 Jan 2017

Great experience from start to finish. Brilliant result. Many thanks Prof. Gartry and team.

17 Jan 2017

Excellent service all round. Very calm and professional with great same day results. Many thanks.

17 Jan 2017

As a horse owner who competes regularly and keen swimmer it has transformed my life not having to rely on glasses anymore. The entire process from start to finish exemplified the world class reputation underpinned by Professor Gartry. I couldn’t recommend the surgery and this team more highly. Your eyes are just too precious to be worked on by anyone less than the best. My only regret is that I didn’t do this 15 years ago!

17 Jan 2017

Excellent service and very punctual

17 Jan 2017

I am delighted with the outcome. At age 78, I no longer need spectacles for either distant vision or reading. The whole process from visiting Professor Gartry’s website through operations on both eyes to the follow up visit has been excellent.

16 Jan 2017

Great process. Treated brilliantly from all staff. Surgery was easy and quick. Recovery also easy. Follow up treatment is excellent.

16 Jan 2017

Excellent service all round. Very calm and professional with great same day results. Many thanks.

16 Jan 2017

I am now able to do most things that until recently required glasses. Very liberating.

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