Academic Research

A Dedicated Career

David Gartry has played a key and active role in ophthalmic research and education. He has written three textbooks and published over 50 papers.

Graduating in 1978 with a first class honours degree in Optometry from Glasgow Caledonian University, David then went on to complete his pre-registration training at Moorfields Eye Hospital in 1979. He was also awarded the Colebrook and Porter prize from The British College of Optometrists, the Master’s Prize of the Worshipful Company of Spectaclemakers (SMC) and the J Stephen Dawson Memorial award from The Institute of Optometry that same year. He then went on to read Medicine at University College London / University College Hospital qualifying as a doctor in 1984.

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David Gartry (Front row far left) receiving a lifetime fellowship award of the College of Optometrists (November 2013 – Central Methodist Hall, Westminster)

David Gartry receiving the lifetime fellowship award from the president of the College of Optometrists Dr Kamlesh Chauhan and with Dr Cindy Tromans

In 1988 David Gartry become a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and The Royal College of Ophthalmologists. 1989 was a ground breaking year as November saw David Gartry perform the first laser eye surgery procedure in the UK.

Honorary Doctor of Science Degree awarded by Glasgow Caledonian University and presented to David Gartry in 2010 by Professor Mike Mannion.

In addition to many peer reviewed published works David teaches at City University and was officially appointed Visiting Professor to their department of Vision Sciences in June 2006.

Key Academic Milestones, Awards and Prizes

1978 First Class Honours BSc in Optometry
Most distinguished student in each year of the course
1978 Bausch and Lomb Contact Lens Prize
1979 Honours project prize / Scottish Association of Opticians
The analysis of the optics of the midperipheral
cornea utilising psychophysics.
1979 First place in the UK National Awards:
Professional Qualifying Examinations of
The British College of Optometrists.
1979 Master’s Prize of the SMC (Spectacle Makers Company)
1979 Colebrook Prize of the BOA (British Optical Association)
1979 Porter Prize of the SMC
 1979 Stephen J Dawson Memorial Prize Institute of Optometry
 1981 Suckling Prize in neurophysiology,
University College London
 1981 Suckling Prize in neuroanatomy,
University College London
1982 Sir Stewart Duke Elder National Undergraduate Prize in
    Ophthalmology First Place in the UK
1984 Ortho General Practice Prize,
University College London
1989 Annual Prize of the Southern Ophthalmological Society
for a paper entitled “Acute Retinal Necrosis”
 1991 The Storz Medal for a paper entitled “PhotoRefractive
Keratectomy with the Argon Fluoride Excimer Laser:
Clinical Trials the first year”
 1993 The Iris Fund Triennial Award for ophthalmic research shared with Professor Sir Peng Tee Khaw
 1999 The American Academy ‘Honor Award Recipient 1999’ for research and teaching contributions to The American Academy of Ophthalmology.
 2001 Treacher Collins Prize of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists for cataract surgery innovation.
2007 Certificate in Laser Refractive Surgery of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists
2010 Honorary Doctor of Science Degree awarded by Glasgow Caledonian University for lifetime achievements in ophthalmic surgery
2012 Moorfields Senior Star Award for twenty years service
2013 Lifetime achievement fellowship awarded by the College of Optometrists
2013 Moorfields Star Award for external recognition for contributions
made in teaching and research
Landmark scientific publications
D S Gartry, M G Falcon, R W Cox
Primary gelatinous droplike keratopathy.
Br J Ophthalmol 1989; 73: 661664
D S Gartry, D J Spalton, A Tilzey, P G Hykin
Acute Retinal Necrosis.
Br J Ophthalmol 1991; 75: 292297
D S Gartry, M G Kerr Muir, J Marshall
Excimer laser treatment of corneal surface pathology: a laboratory and clinical study.
Br J Ophthalmol 1991; 75: 258269
D S Gartry, M G Kerr Muir, J Marshall
Ophthalmology 1992; 99: 1209-1219 Excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy
–  18 month follow up.
D S Gartry, M G Kerr Muir, C Lohmann, J Marshall
The effect of topical corticosteroids on refractive outcome and corneal haze following photorefractive keratectomy : A prospective, randomised, doubleblind trial.
Archives of Ophthalmology 1992; 110: 944-952

D S Gartry, A H Chignell, D A Wong, W A Franks
Pars plana vitrectomy for the treatment of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment
uncomplicated by advanced proliferative vitreoretinopathy.
Br J Ophthalmol 1993; 77: 199-203

D S Gartry
Excimer laser treatment of myopia – the present position
Br Med Journal 1995; 310: 979-985

D S Gartry, DFP Larkin, AR Hill, LA Ficker, ADMcG Steele.
Retreatment for significant regression after excimer laser PRK
– a prospective, randomised, masked trial
Ophthalmology 1998; 105: 131-141

 


Peer-reviewed Scientific Publications
P G Hykin, D S Gartry, J E MacSweeney, E M Graham
Primary intraocular lymphoma with lymphomatous meningitis.
J Royal Soc Med 1990; 83: 5152
P G Hykin, D S Gartry, D J Brazier, E M Graham
Bilateral cilioretinal artery occlusion in classic migraine.
Postgrad Med J 1991; 67: 282284
J Marshall, D S Gartry, M G Kerr Muir, G E Mastellone
Photochemical effects of lasers in refractive surgery.
Proceedings of the V International Congress of Cataract and Refractive Microsurgery
June 1989 pp 291295. Capelli Editore.
J Marshall, D S Gartry, M G Kerr Muir
Excimer lasers and refractive surgery.
Transactions of The British College of Optometrists 10th Annual Congress
1990p24. et seq. Butterworths
D S Gartry, D J Spalton, A Tilzey, P G Hykin
Acute Retinal Necrosis.
Br J Ophthalmol 1991; 75: 292297
D S Gartry, M G Kerr Muir, J Marshall
Excimer laser treatment of corneal surface pathology: a laboratory and clinical study.
Br J Ophthalmol 1991; 75: 258269
D S Gartry, M G Kerr Muir, J Marshall Photorefractive keratectomy with the argon fluoride excimer laser A clinical study. Refractive and Corneal Surgery  1991; 7: 420435
C Lohmann, D S Gartry, M G Kerr Muir, G Timberlake, J Marshall
“Haze” in photorefractive keratectomy: Its origins and consequences.
Lasers and Light in Ophthalmology  1991; 4: 1534
Claoue C, Goble R, Gartry D S, Spalton D J
La cecite due au glaucome primitif a angle ouvert.
Ophtalmologie 1991; 5: 463-466
D S Gartry, M G Kerr Muir, J Marshall
Hyperopic shift following superficial keratectomy with the argon fluoride excimer laser. Br J Ophthalmol 1992; 76: 6263
C Lohmann, D S Gartry, M G Kerr Muir, G Timberlake, F Fitzke, J Marshall
Corneal haze after excimer laser refractive surgery: objective measurements and
functional implications. Europ J Ophthalmol 1992; 1: 173-180 
C Lohmann, F Fitzke, G Timberlake, D S Gartry, M G Kerr Muir, J Marshall
Corneal transparency after excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy:
A new technique for objective measurements of haze.
Refractive and Corneal Surgery 1992; 8: 114-121
D S Gartry, M G Kerr Muir, J Marshall
Ophthalmology 1992; 99: 1209-1219 Excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy
–  18 month follow up.
D S Gartry, M G Kerr Muir, C Lohmann, J Marshall
The effect of topical corticosteroids on refractive outcome and corneal haze following photorefractive keratectomy : A prospective, randomised, doubleblind trial.
Archives of Ophthalmology 1992; 110: 944-952
Gartry D S, Muir M G K, Marshall J.
Photorefractive keratectomy with an argon fluoride excimer laser : A clinical study
Key Ophthalmology 1992; 7: 26-27
C Lohmann, D S Gartry, M G Kerr Muir, G Timberlake, F Fitzke and J Marshall
Corneale Trubung nach photorefraktiver Keratektomie mit einem excimer lasers:
urasache, objektive messungen und funktionelle konsequenzen.
Ophthalmologe 1992; 89: 498-504
Gartry D S, Kerr Muir M G, Marshall J.
Excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy
Mosby Yearbook of Ophthalmology 1992  C V Mosby, St Louis.
D S Gartry, A H Chignell, D A Wong, W A Franks
Pars plana vitrectomy for the treatment of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment
uncomplicated by advanced proliferative vitreoretinopathy.
Br J Ophthalmol 1993; 77: 199-203
S J Tuft, D S Gartry, I Rawe, K Meek
Photorefractive keratectomy: implications of corneal wound healing.
Br J Ophthalmol 1993; 77: 243-247
Gartry D S, Kerr Muir M G, Marshall J
Excimer Laser Photorefractive Keratectomy : 18 month follow-up
Key Ophthalmology 1993; 8: 22
Gartry D S, Kerr Muir M G, Lohmann C P, Marshall J
The effect of topical corticosteroids on refractive outcome and corneal haze after
photorefractive keratectomy : a prospective, randomized, double-blind trial.
Key Ophthalmology 1993; 8: 23
Gartry D S, Kerr Muir M G, Marshall J.
The effect of topical corticosteroids on refraction and corneal haze following excimer laser treatment of myopia : an update. A prospective, randomised, double-blind study.
Eye 1993; 7: 584-590
D S Gartry
Inleiding in de fotorefractieve keratectomy.
Visus 1993;8: 4-7
D P S O’Brart, D S Gartry, C P Lohmann, A L Patmore, M G Kerr Muir, J Marshall
Treatment of band keratopathy by excimer laser phototherapeutic keratectomy: surgical techniques and long term follow-up
Br J Ophthalmol 1993; 77: 702-708
D S Gartry
Diseases of the Cornea, R C Arffa, Mosby Year Book Inc, St Louis (book review)
J Br Contact Lens Assoc 1993; 16: 167
D S Gartry, M G Kerr Muir, J Marshall
Photorefractive keratectomy – 18 month follow-up
Mosby Yearbook of Ophthalmology 1993; CV Mosby, St Louis.
D S Gartry, M G Kerr Muir, J Marshall
Efficacy and long-term complications of excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (PRK): 4 year follow-up: an update
Eye on Meetings 1994; 1: 1
D P S O’Brart, D S Gartry, C P Lohmann, M G Kerr Muir, J Marshall
Excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy for myopia: comparison of 4.00mm and 5.00mm ablation zones
Refractive and Corneal Surgery 1994; 10: 87-94
D S Gartry
Excimer laser treatment of myopia – the present position
Br Med Journal 1995; 310: 979-985
D S Gartry
Treatment of myopia with the excimer laser – is it really the bottom line?
Ophthal Physiol Opt  1995; 15 (Suppl 1):S2-S10
D S Gartry, D F P Larkin, C J Flaxel, L A Ficker, A D McG Steele
Retreatment for significant regression following excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) – a randomised, double-masked trial
Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 1995; 36: S190 (Abstract)
Patel S, Marshall J, Fitzke FW, Gartry D S.
The shape of the corneal apical zone after excimer photorefractive keratectomy
Acta Ophthalmologica 1996; 72(5):588-96
CLK Astin, D S Gartry, ADMcG Steele
Contact lens fitting after photorefractive keratectomy
Br J Ophthalmol 1996; 80: 597-603
CG Stephenson, D S Gartry, DPS O’Brart, MG Kerr Muir, J Marshall
Photorefractive Keratectomy – A 6 year follow-up study
Ophthalmology 1998; 105: 273-281
D S Gartry, DFP Larkin, AR Hill, LA Ficker, ADMcG Steele.
Retreatment for significant regression after excimer laser PRK
– a prospective, randomised, masked trial
Ophthalmology 1998; 105: 131-141
CG Stephenson, DS Gartry, DPS O’Brart, MG Kerr-Muir, J Marshall
Photorefractive   Keratectomy
Ophthalmology, Volume 105, Issue 2, Pages 273-281, February 1998
AC Poon, JE Forbes, JKG Dart, S Subramaniam, C Bunce, P Madison, LA Ficker, SJ Tuft, DS Gartry, RJ Buckley
Systemic cyclosporine A in high risk penetrating keratoplasties: a case-control study
Br J Ophthalmol March 2001; 85:1464-1469 doi: 10.1136/bjo 85.12.1464
AG Coombes, R Sheard, DS Gartry, BD Allan
Silicone plate-haptic lens injection without prior incision enlargement
Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Volume 27, Issue 10, Pages 1542-1544, October 2001
Guy T Smith, Andrew GA Coombes, Richard M Sheard, David S Gartry.
Unexpected posterior capsule rupture with unfolding silicone plate-haptic lenses.
 J Cat Refract Surg, 2004; 30: 180-185
J Mehta, M Wilkins, DS Gartry
Explantation of an acrylic Acrysof intraocular lens without wound enlargement
Acta Ophthalmologica Scandinavica, Volume 83, Issue 2, Pages 262-263 April 2005
J McAlister, N Ardjomand, L Ilari, L Mengher, DS Gartry
Keratitis after intracorneal ring segment insertion for keratoconus
Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery – Volume 32, Issue 4, Pages 676-678 April 2006
S Kashani, M Rajan, DS Gartry
Wavefront-Guided Retreatment After Primary Wavefront-Guided Laser In Situ Keratomileusis in Myopes and Hyperopes: Long-term Follow-up
American Journal of Ophthalmology.  Volume 147, Issue 3 Pages 417-423 e2.  March 2009
GM Saleh, D Lindfield, D Sim, E Tsesmetzoglou, V Gauba, DS Gartry, S Ghoussayni
Kinematic analysis of surgical dexterity in intraocular surgery.
Arch Ophthalmol. 2009 Jun; 127(6): 758-62
H Mehta, JL Hungerford, DS Gartry, HM Herbert, P Mruthyunjaya
Transpositional Autokeratoplasty in a Patient with Unilateral Choroidal Melanoma and Contralateral Exposure Keratopathy.
Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging 2010 March 9; 1-3 doi:10.3928/15428877-20100215-41
AC Day, D S Gartry, V Maurino, BD Allan, JD Stevens
Efficacy of anterior capsulotomy creation in femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery.
J Cataract Refract Surg. 2014 Dec;40(12):2031-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2014.07.027. Epub 2014 Oct 8.
Publications and guidelines in relation to clinical practice
Patient selection guidelines for photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)
The British College of Optometrists – patient and practitioner guidelines 199552. National Audit Office Survey of Day-case cataract surgery in Scotland (Committee member) HMSO 1997
National Audit Office Survey of Day-case cataract surgery in Scotland (Committee member) HMSO 1997
Royal College of Ophthalmologists Patient Guidelines on Laser Refractive Surgery
1997, 2003, 2006 and 2012 (Committee member)
Royal College of Ophthalmologists Practitioner Guidelines on Laser Refractive Surgery 1997, 2003, 2006 and 2012 (Committee member)
Books (co-authored)

Excimerlaserbook

“Excimer Lasers in Ophthalmology – Principles and Practice”
CNJ McGhee, HR Taylor, DS Gartry, SLTrokel
Martin Dunitz 1997

 

Cataract-Surgery-Fundamentals-of-Clinical-Opthalmology

“Cataract Surgery”
AGA Coombes, DS Gartry
BMA publishing 2003

 

book

“Corneal Surgery – Essential Techniques”
Zuberbuhler B, Tuft S, DS Gartry, Spokes D
Springer-Verlag 2013

Key Appointments

  • Examiner to the Royal College of Ophthalmologists – Assessment in Laser Refractive Surgery
  • Examiner to The British College of Optometrists (ocular pathology)
  • Visiting Professor, Faculty of Visual Sciences, City University, London
  • Visiting lecturer, The Institute of Optometry, Newington Causeway, London
  • Visiting lecturer, the Directorate of Continuing Education and Training, The British College of Optometrists
  • Former adviser to The Health Council of The Netherlands Standing Committee on photo-refractive keratectomy
  • Founding Council Member of The British Excimer & Keratorefractive Laser Society (BEKLS) – now The British Society for Refractive Surgery (BSRS)
  • Examiner for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (formerly Part 2 Membership and currently Laser Refractive Surgery assessment)
  • Past President of the British Society of Refractive Surgery (BSRS) (2000 – 2003)
  • Member of The American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons
  • Affiliated to ESCRS and ASCRS
  • Livery member and Assistant to the Court of the Worshipful Company of Spectaclemakers (appointed 2011)
  • Director of Refractive Services at Moorfields Eye Hospital