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.
Having graduated in 1978 with a first class honours degree in Optometry from Glasgow Caledonian University and completed his pre-registration training at Moorfields Eye Hospital the following year. In 1979 he was awarded the Colebrook and Porter prizes of The British College of Optometrists, the Master’s Prize of The 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. The 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 and from 1989 to 1992 he held a full-time Iris Fund Research Fellowship investigating its potential clinical applications. In 1989 he became the first surgeon in The United Kingdom to perform photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and was responsible for selection and monitoring of all patients in the St Thomas’ Hospital research trials. 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 40 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 2 textbooks: ‘Excimer Lasers in Ophthalmology – Principles and Practice’ (1997, Martin Dunitz) and ‘Cataract Surgery’ (2003, BMA publishing). 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.
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I have wanted laser eye surgery for a long time. I could wear contact lenses no problem but never liked how completely reliant I was on them and always dreamed of waking up and actually being able to see! I was a -8.25 in both eyes, so pretty short sighted. Dr Gartry was very thorough and explained the details fully and recommended that, due to my prescription and having thinner corneas, I had Lasek. After surgery, it was quite sore and I was disappointed to end up as a -1 and a -0.75. However, occasionally it requires a two step process when you have such a high prescription and 3 months later, I had the -1 eye re-done and it is now perfect. My distance vision is 20/20 and the slightly short sighted eye counteracts the need to reading glasses. I did have the option of having the other eye made perfect too but then I would have needed reading glasses (something I expected anyway) but as it is, this blended vision has worked really well. The only thing I would say is that, for me, I found it quite sore afterwards and each time it did take a month to fully heal and for the haziness to completely clear. However, the end results are definitely worth it! Would highly recommend Moorfields.
Professor Gartry was excellent in all aspects of the surgery, providing detailed and relevant advice throughout, while making me feel completely at ease with the procedures.
My experience with Professor Gartry and his team was wonderful from start to finish. He explained the options fully and made sure I was comfortable with my choice. I’m thrilled with the results and would highly recommend him to family and friends.
Excellent all perfect
I’ve been short sighted since I was young and now developed early onset of cataracts. My eyesight was depressing me. After much research I found David Gartry. David and his team made me feel relaxed and reassured from my first consultation through to the procedure it self. It really is a life changing operation, definitely the best decision I have ever made. I can’t recommend David Gartry enough nor thank him enough.
I had a very high prescription, -9 and -10. I was advised Lasek was the best treatment and that the operation would not lead to perfect vision given the high prescription. The result, three months later, is -0.75 and -0.5 which allows me to do everything that I want to do without any form of aid. I can run, cycle, swim and drive without glasses. The advice from Professor Gartry was honest and open throughout. There was never any pushiness at the initial consultation and I was able to make an informed decision to go ahead based on the information provided. The actual operation was quicker than I thought it would be and any nervousness was put to one side by the professionalism of Professor Gartry and his team. Equally the aftercare was excellent. My only regret about the whole treatment was not having it done 10 years ago! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Professor Gartry to anyone who was thinking of having it done.
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