Gary Wörtz, MD


Gary Wörtz, MD is a board-certified ophthalmologist at Commonwealth Eye Surgery in Lexington, KY and is among the most respected and highest volume anterior segment surgeons in the United States. He was drawn to ophthalmology as a child, when he saw his grandfather suffer the from complications of diabetic eye disease. Restoring and enhancing vision is a personal passion of Dr. Wörtz, not just a profession. By combining the best technology with the wisdom attained through over 20,000 surgeries, he is ready to help patients explore the best options available to them.

He is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at his alma mater, the University of Kentucky, where he is the lead instructor on refractive surgery. He provides both didactic and surgical instruction to residents on refractive surgery techniques. In 2015, he was named to the global top 40 under 40 power list by “The Ophthalmologist”, and a few years later named to the Premier Surgeon 300 list of best innovators in ophthalmology. He has been the principal investigator on numerous FDA trials leading to the approval of new drugs in the ophthalmic space. His opinions are sought widely by industry, and he lectures frequently at major meetings throughout the globe on an annual basis. Additionally, he shares insights and opinions with other ophthalmologists through his podcast, Ophthalmology Off the Grid, which has received over 100,000 downloads over its 60+ episodes.

Beyond being a surgeon, consultant and educator, Dr. Wörtz is a successful inventor and entrepreneur. Seven years ago, he founded Omega Ophthalmics with the mission of developing a new platform for intraocular implant technology. His work has led to the engineering and manufacturing of a novel intraocular implant that has completed proof of concept testing. In the process, he has been granted 32 patents in the US and internationally, with 19 additional patents pending.

Being on the cutting edge helps Dr. Wörtz continually improve his craft. He does this through being an active member of the most prestigious ophthalmic societies including the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), the Vanguard Ophthalmology Society (VOS), CEDARS/ASPENS, the Society for Excellence in Eye care (SEE), and the American European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgeons (AECOS). He is also a lifetime member of Mensa.

Dr. Wörtz is an innovative surgeon looking to help improve the field of refractive surgery globally, while at the same time focusing on delivering the best outcomes possible for each individual patient.


Commonwealth Eye Surgery


2353 Alexandria Drive

Lexington, KY 40356 USA

Telephone – 859-224-2655

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