Clear vision is something that many people take for granted. Simple things, like reading the alarm clock first thing in the morning, choosing the right shampoo in the shower and being able to put make-up on aren't given a second thought. But if you have short sight, long sight or astigmatism, you'll know that these tasks can become much more of an ordeal.
An estimated 30 million people around the world have benefited from laser eye surgery - a safe, comfortable and precise treatment that has a very high predictability of outcome. David Gartry performed the UK's first laser eye procedure in 1989, since when he has carried out more than 18,000 treatments.
David Gartry also specialises in cataract surgery. A cataract is when the natural lens of the eye becomes cloudy or opaque over time, leading to blurring and a gradual loss of visual clarity. Cataract surgery is the most common elective procedure in the world. Over 300,000 treatments are performed each year in the UK alone.
Laser eye surgery can be life-changing for many - I know because I underwent the treatment myself in October 2000 - but it's not a decision to be taken lightly. I aim to provide my patients with all the information they need to make the choice that's right for them.
David S Gartry, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon