Professor Gartry offers specialist tailored treatments for a number of medical conditions affecting the cornea. The cornea is the clear, dome-shaped window at the front of your eye. A healthy cornea is hard to see because it is as clear as glass. It does not contain blood vessels unlike most of the tissues in the human body, and has the ability to bend light to help focus it on the back of the eye. A disease or injury of the cornea can cause a loss in transparency, preventing light from reaching the light-sensitive layer (retina) at the back of the eye and creating a distorted or blurred image.
Phototherapeutic Keratectomy (PTK)
Phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) is a minor surgical treatment aimed to manage conditions affecting the outer surface (epithelium) of the cornea, such as corneal scars and injury. It uses laser therapy to remove the affected tissue, provide a smooth, new layer of cells and promote healing across the eye surface.
A corneal transplant (also known as a graft) is a highly specialised operation in which part, or all of a damaged cornea is removed and replaced with healthy donor tissue. The procedure is usually performed to improve sight and relieve pain. Professor Gartry has extensive experience in performing complex corneal transplants both within the NHS and in private clinics, and is world-renowned for his micro-surgical skills and post-operative patient care.