David Gartry
MD DSc(hon) BSc(hons) FRCS FRCOphth DO FCOptom

Meet Your Surgeon

David Gartry is a senior consultant at Moorfields and was the first surgeon to perform laser eye surgery in the UK. He 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 Worshipful Company of Spectaclemakers (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 first place in the annual national Sir Stewart Duke-Elder prize in Ophthalmology.

David Gartry performing LASIK laser eye surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital

David 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 eye surgery, cataract surgery and corneal surgery and has spoken at numerous international meetings presenting scientific papers and keynote lectures. In 1991 he was awarded The Storz Medal and in 1993 The Iris Fund Triennial Award (Shared with Professor Sir Peng Khaw).

He has written several book chapters and co-authored 3 textbooks: ‘Excimer Lasers in Ophthalmology – Principles and Practice’ (1997, Martin Dunitz), ‘Cataract Surgery’ (2003, BMA publishing), ‘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.

More About David Gartry

David Gartry is a past-President of The British Society for Refractive Surgery (BSRS), a member of both the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS). In 1999 he was made an ‘Honor Award Recipient’ of The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) for his contributions (teaching, publications and presentations) to The AAO. He is an examiner for The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and was instrumental in developing the College’s Certificate in Laser Refractive Surgery. He was appointed Visiting Professor to the Faculty of Visual Sciences, City University, London, in June 2006, Director of Refractive Surgery, Moorfields Eye Hospital in December 2007, and was entered into the 2007 edition of ‘Who’s Who’.


As a member of the Corneal, Cataract and Refractive services at Moorfields his specialist interests include corneal grafting, the latest cataract surgical techniques (phakoemulsification / femtosecond laser cataract surgery) – having supervised the cataract training courses at Moorfields – and laser refractive surgery. He has extensive experience of both laser (PRK, PARK, LASIK, LASEK) and non-laser techniques and has carried out over 20,000 LASIK procedures and over 15,000 cataract / refractive lens exchange procedures including over 1000 femtosecond laser procedures to date.

David underwent LASIK himself in October 2000 for treatment of his compound myopic astigmatism. David Gartry lives in North London with his wife, (an optometrist) and three sons (a junior doctor, a professional musician and a medical student).