About Jack Gormley

Why should I choose Jack Gormley and Custom Vision Clinic?


Jack qualified from the University of Leeds in 2009 with honours and was awarded the West Riding Prize for graduating top of his year. He went on to gain a competitive position completing 8 years of speciality ophthalmology training. Since 2017 Jack has focused exclusively on corneal and refractive surgery, completing a fellowship at Leeds Teaching Hospitals and St James’s Laser Vision. During this time he was awarded a Certificate in Laser and Refractive surgery by the Royal College of Ophthalmology. Jack went on to undertake a prestigious year-long fellowship in Corneal and Refractive Surgery with Professor David O’Brart in St Thomas’s Hospital, London, the birthplace of modern cataract surgery.

Consultant Expertise

Jack is now appointed as an NHS Consultant in York Teaching Hospitals where he leads the Corneal and Refractive service. He is transforming the corneal transplant service and has initiated the use of DMEK; a ground breaking transplant technique to give rapid visual recovery to patients with corneal disease. Jack has initiated and established a refractive laser service for York Teaching Hospitals by partnering with St James’s Laser Vision, Leeds, using his expertise and network to improve patient care across the region. He has completed over 2000 cataract, laser eye and refractive procedures.

Jack is a member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists’ prestigious Microsurgical Skills Teaching Faculty and enjoys being actively involved in the teaching and training of other surgeons.


Jack has published numerous academic research papers in a range of subjects including modernising cataract surgery in the NHS; the impact of cataract surgery on dry eye disease; and the effect of Covid-19 on cataract surgery. He has presented his work internationally including at a leading vision science conference. Jack is also interested in global ophthalmology having worked in Malawi, Africa running a research study in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust and the University of Liverpool.


Jack is registered as a specialist in Ophthalmology with the General Medical Council, and is a fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. He is a member of the following professional organisations:

  • Royal College of Ophthalmology
  • European society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

He holds the following Qualifications:

  • FRCOphth
  • CertLRS
  • MBChB (Hons)
  • Certificate of Completion of Training for the GMC
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Education

Outside of work Jack spends most of his time chasing after his young son and looking for an excuse to go to the French Alps to ski with his wife. He enjoys spending time in his adopted home of Yorkshire and all that the Dales have to offer.

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I am a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Custom Vision Clinic and York Teaching Hospital, where I lead the Corneal and Refractive service. I have completed over 2,000 surgical and laser eye procedures.

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My eyesight following the operation is brilliant and better than I thought possible, and this is all down to your excellent surgeon Mr James Ball and not to forget all the very dedicated people around him who make these operations possible.

Keith Garlick

Two of the best decisions I ever made in my life were firstly to have lens exchange and secondly to have Mr James Ball carry out my operation.

Patricia Walton

Within minutes I could tell there was a difference. But now, only a couple of months later, my sight is better than it was seven years ago! I can even read the really tiny print on the car sales ads! If you want that confidence you probably felt when you were younger, this is the ideal solution.  Thanks to the treatment, I feel rejuvenated, independent and much younger!

John Hazelgrave

My work was becoming almost impossible. I had refractive lens exchange to both eyes with multifocal lens implants last July. I can now see better than 20/20 for distance and can read the tiniest print in newspapers – all without glasses! I have started reading for pleasure again, and I feel that my performance both at work and on the golf course has improved.


Laser eye surgery has changed my life. Now, having had laser, I wake up in the morning and I can see and it’s unbelievable.

Claire Varley

Laser eye surgery has greatly improved my quality of life. I’ve been able to discard my glasses after thirty years!

Arthur Brown

If you are thinking of having Laser Eye Surgery, try these guys – they really are the best in their field.

Mr CE Poulter

I felt I was treated as an individual and all my questions were answered. From my experiences – I can highly recommend Mr Ball.

Janet Howden

Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful! I am so grateful to you and your team. Thank you very much indeed.

Dorothy S.

Thank you for your skilled interventions which have given me my sight back.

Doreen G.

To me it appears a miracle that I can see so well. I feel very grateful. It is impossible to fully express my thanks.

Grace C.

Thank you very much for the treatment you gave me –  I can see so well now, and reading has once again become a real pleasure.

Charles S.

It was intimated to me that you were the best, and from the results I am now enjoying, I am convinced that this is correct.

Jean D.

You are truly innovative. Thank you very much for curing the problems I have been having with my reading and near vision.

Sala M.

I had LASIK on both eyes at Custom Vision Clinics, and can now see better than 20/20, without my glasses or contact lenses. More importantly, I now feel that I can get more out of my busy life.


At the consultation, Mr Ball found that I had early cataracts. Following cataract surgery at Custom Vision Clinics, I am almost completely independent from glasses.


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About our surgeons

Mr James Ball | Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

MA (Cantab) MB BChir FRCOphth CertLRS

I am a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Custom Vision Clinic, St James’s University Hospital, and Nuffield Hospital. My major interest is in refractive surgery and finding the best treatment suitable for each patient.

Mr Jack Gormley | Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

MB ChB (Hons) FRCOphth CertLRS

I am a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Custom Vision Clinic and York Teaching Hospital, where I lead the Corneal and Refractive service. I have completed over 2,000 surgical and laser eye procedures.

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