The surgeons

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We're vision pioneers committed to transforming lives, blending expertise with heartfelt care

Our highly skilled and experienced ophthalmic surgeons are dedicated to providing exceptional eye care and vision correction services. Each surgeon brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and a commitment to delivering personalised care to every patient.

Sanjay Mantry

MBChB FRCOphth (Lon)

Recognised globally for his knowledge and expertise, Sanjay Mantry is a co-founder of Vision Scotland.

A leading authority on Cornea and Refractive Surgery, Sanjay completed his specialist surgical training over ten years in Birmingham and Nottingham, before heading to Scotland. He is an active member of the United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, the European Society of Cataract and Surgeons, and the Bowman Club.

From the start, Sanjay and fellow co-founder Jonathan Ross held the value that Vision Scotland should be consultant-led. In their opinion, the highly experienced consultant you meet when you first arrive should be the one who sees you through the whole process.

“It’s a team effort, but we wanted it to be consultant-led, to allow patients to feel even more valued. You have a consultant with over 20 years experience beside you at each step along the way. It was a really important element of what we wanted to put together.”
As well as running our busy clinics, Sanjay travels internationally to deliver lectures on new and emerging techniques to his peers. His expertise is sought in the training of upcoming refractive surgeons, and he has published a number of peer-reviewed articles.
With thousands of procedures under his belt, Sanjay has seen significant changes in both clinical technology and in attitudes toward eye care:

“Generally, laser eye surgery confidence has grown massively. It’s been around for about 30 years, but in the last 15 years or so, the laser platforms have produced very good results, behaving incredibly predictively. It’s one of the highest performed surgeries in the world. The number of laser eye procedures being done in China is over 50,000 times the number done here in the UK. What that does is provide us with a huge amount of data and results to work from.”

His advice to anyone considering laser eye surgery is simple – do your research.

“Anyone having laser eye surgery has to be sure. You should do a reasonable amount of research. You can look up Royal College guidelines to find out which consultants are best qualified, allowing you to find someone who is fellowship-trained, which I highly recommend. Look for those who are trained, and from a practice that is consultant-led. Then you’ll have confidence you’ve picked the right person and are in good hands.”

Jonathan Ross

MBChB (Glas) MRCSEd (Edin) FRCOphth (Lon)

Hailing originally from Edinburgh, Jonathan is a leading specialist in refractive cataract surgery and laser eye surgery. A co-founder of Vision Scotland, he is an active member of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.

Recognising that he wanted to settle in Scotland long-term, Jonathan’s journey after the completion of his doctoral training in Glasgow, took a less traditional route. Choosing to go against the norm of going into local practice, he decided to explore the world to gain a more rounded view of medical practice and funding models. His journey took him through Wales, England, New Zealand, Africa, Pakistan and back to central London. He admits that he would have added Canada and Singapore to that list, but their funding systems weren’t different from what he already knew!

With his experience well-rounded, Jonathan returned to Scotland to a sector which relied on the NHS. It was a time of long waiting lists for care, limited choices for patients, and the most basic of technologies. The few private providers in practice tended to be aggressive and sales-driven. It was time for something different.
“I wanted to be in an environment where I could be in contact with other experts in the UK, to understand the latest techniques and technologies, which would allow us to deliver a fantastic service for patients in Scotland.”

His travels provided him with a unique view, seen in context, rather than led by tradition. It led to a desire to build a practice that redefined private eye care and what it looked like. And to challenge the norm that publicly funded care is the only moral and ethical approach.

Founding the company with Sanjay Mantry, it was clear from the off that Vision Scotland was a company that only wanted the best, and refused to stand on its laurels. “Vision Scotland is leading the marketplace in Scotland. We are innovating. We are changing public perception. A lot of people thought we’d be a flash in the pan, but now they’re copying our model, which is in itself a compliment.”

“We’re the only private provider with access to care throughout Scotland. We are the only provider who, in the last five years, have invested in renewing all our equipment and making our clinics state of the art. Everything we have is less than two years old. And we have a unique surgeon recruitment model. There are around 130 eye surgeons in Scotland. We know them and their expertise, and will only work with the top 30%. Come to us, and that’s what you are getting.”
As the model of practice for eye care changed, so too have people’s perceptions of it. In the last few years, the number of procedures Vision Scotland carries out has nearly doubled, with the company looking to expand.

“Attitudes have really changed. We’ve worked hard to make that change  come true. Covid lockdown was also a huge driver. Before that there was embarrassment or reluctance to use private health care, even if you could afford it. That’s almost completely gone now. People were more pragmatic after lockdown. “I’ve got a problem, I want a solution.” That accelerated a change where people wanted to have everything immediately, and at the press of a button. They want to speak to an eye surgeon and get their eyesight fixed, and they want it now.”

Even with a change in viewpoint, Jonathan realises that it can be a big decision to take the first step towards eye surgery.

“It’s completely normal to be nervous. We operate on over 200 people a week. What you’re feeling is completely normal, so don’t fight it. Let it happen. I say that as someone who has had eye surgery myself. That nervousness will pass. Accept how you feel, and when it passes, we’ll be in a position to make your eyesight better.”